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40,000 mile ($400) Capital One Venture bonus now available

by on Thu June 19, 2014 • 7 Comments

Capital One has been pretty quiet on the intro deal scene for the last couple of years, in the wake of the big ‘Match My Miles Challenge’ that netted people 100,000 or more miles.

But they’re back with a competitive deal.

You can now get a 50,000 mile Capital One Venture bonus that’s worth $500  by opening a new account and spending $3,000 in purchases within 3 months.

There’s no annual fee the first year and a $95 annual fee the 2nd year.

How does the Venture compare to the Arrival?

Now it’s a tough call to make for this versus the Barclaycard Arrival Plus card, which offers the exact same intro deal, but has a higher annual fee of $89 that’s also waived the first year.

Both offer 2x points on everything you buy and you can use them for travel on any airline, with every miles worth one cent. So 10,000 miles = $100 in value.

The Plus offers an EMV Chip with PIN capability, which is really useful when traveling overseas, while the Venture does not yet.

But is that worth a $30 higher fee each year?

Maybe right now, but in a year or two expect the Venture to have the same feature.

The Plus also gives you 10% of your points back after each redemption. It’s a small number, and we’ve run the math, and it’s safe to say unless you’re spending well over $2,000 a month there’s very little difference in your reward value because the Venture has a $30 lower annual fee.

For the intro offer, you’ll get an extra $40 out of it.

But overall, the new Venture deal is worth considering if you want a good double miles card and are willing to get a credit pull from all three bureaus, which is typical of Capital One.


Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
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Partner Offer

50,000 bonus points

Intro Offer

$0 introductory annual fee the first year, then $95

Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Yes - transfer to United MileagePlus, Southwest Rapid Rewards, Marriott Rewards, and more

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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7 thoughts on 40,000 mile ($400) Capital One Venture bonus now available

  1. Claudia

    Above you state “both offer 2x points on everything you buy…every miles worth one cent. so 10,000 miles=$10,000.”

    That should be $100, no?

    Just wanted to double check with you, also suspect that what you have there is incorrect.

  2. Em Lee

    We have EXCELLENT credit, charge about $3,000-$4,000 per month and pay off in full monthly.
    Have Southwest Visa for Southwest miles.
    Would like an American Express that can earn additional airline points.
    Any suggestions?

    TX kindly.


      @Em – First, the Delta Gold card is offering 50k to sign up now – so that’s a good one to quickly pick up some miles.

      Second, for ongoing earning, it’s hard to beat the Amex EveryDay Preferred, which earns a 50% bonus every billing period you use the card for 30 or more purchases of any size. So you earn 1.5 points per dollar on everything. And it earns 3x on groceries (up to $6,000 a year) – which turns into 4.5x with bonus, plus 2x on gas, which turns into 3x with the bonus.

      Learn more about it here

  3. syeb

    Per Capital One – by phone Jan 2015, partial redemptions are now allowed on the Venture card. POSSIBLY for new cardmembers only – could not confirm.

  4. Cassi Heale

    Also, the Arrival Plus card offers 0% APR on Balance Transfers for the first 12 months; the venture does not.


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