Capital One Venture Card Review – $500 in Value!


Capital One Venture Card Review

Capital One Venture Card Review

Unless you have been living under a rock you have seen the Jennifer Garner commercials.  The 2x “miles” card that has no blackout dates just increased it’s offer from 40,000 “miles” to 50,000 “miles”.  It is essentially a cash back card that can only be used on travel or gift cards, much like the Barclay Arrival+.

Offer Link!

Current Sign Up Bonus Vs The Historical High

The sign up bonus on this card is usually 40,000 points worth $400 towards travel or gift cards.  The offer was just increased to 50,000 worth $500 and that matches the all time high public offer.

Capital One Venture Card Review

Bonus Restrictions

Capital One cracked down on churners about a year ago and they won’t allow more than one card per six months.

The Venture card’s terms state:

“Existing or previous Account holders may not be eligible for this one-time bonus.”

This card has been churnable in the past. As long as you don’t currently have the card, haven’t signed up for any Capital One card in the last 6 months, and you get approved you should get the bonus.

Earning Structure

The card earns two points per dollar.  The points are worth 1 cent each when redeemed for travel or gift cards.  It is essentially a 2% cash back card with more limitations when you go to redeem the rewards.

Offer Link!

Cardmember Perks

The card comes with the following perks:

  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Visa Signature perks that include extended warranty


The Venture comes with a $95 annual fee which is waived the first year.  There are still some links for the old $59 annual fee but I am not sure how long those will last.

Sign Up Bonus Value – $500

Since the annual fee is waived the first year you get the full $500.

Capital One Venture Card Review


With the increase to a $500 sign up bonus this will be an enticing offer for many.  Some people shy away from Capital One cards since they pull from all three credit bureaus.  That is something you need to consider before applying.

The Venture card is essentially a 2% cash back card that can only be redeemed towards travel or gift cards.  With the increased annual fee it is now on par with Barclay Arrival+’s annual fee.  The Venture card’s reduced annual fee used to offset the Arrival+’s 5% rebate on redemptions.  The Venture card redemption’s start at 2,500 points versus 10,000 points for the Arrival+.

Long Term Keep or Cancel?

The $95 annual fee (or $59 using the link above) means this card is not a long term keeper.  The Venture card does not come with any meaningful perks that offset the annual fee.  You would be better off getting the no fee Citi Double Cash (downgrade an AA card to it) and using that.  The Citi Double Cash also does not limit you to using the rewards on travel which makes for easier redemptions.


The increased 50,000 point sign up bonus is a great offer.  The Venture card now has a larger sign up bonus than the Barclay Arrival+ since Barclay recently reduced their sign up bonus to 40,000.

The Capital One Venture card is great for non chain hotel redemptions, those pesky international flight award fees, or status chasing redemptions.

Outside of the 50,000 point sign up it is not worth keeping long term though.  You would be better off getting a fee free 2% cash back card once you have redeemed the sign up bonus.


Are you planning on taking advantage of this increased offer?  Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Hubby and I were just having this conversation a couple of days ago. We’re going the the Hyatt Andaz Papagayo in January (on points). From what I’ve read, we’ll probably eat most of our meals at the resort, since I don’t think there are many places nearby. That means we can charge meals to the room and pay with a card that gets reimbursed. We have about 58K Barclay Arrival pts. I’m guessing we’ll spend more that $580, so we thought we’d each get a Capitol One. Whatever points we have left, we can use for trains, etc in Europe in March.

    Cap One is my oldest card- something like 14 years – so I converted to the no-fee card a few years ago and stuck it in a drawer. We’ll see if I get approved. Hopefully Hubby won’t have a problem. He hasn’t had a Cap One for almost 2 years.


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