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50,000 mile Capital One Venture bonus ($500 in travel)

by on Fri January 3, 2014 • 1 Comment

Capital One Venture

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There is now a 40,000 mile offer (link here) for the Capital One Venture(SM) Rewards Card.

It’s possibly targeted, so it could be pulled at any time, but you may find success applying for and getting approved for the offer.

This is the biggest offer we’ve seen for the card in almost two years, when there were the 2011 and 2012 ‘Match my Miles’ challenges that offered up to 100,000 miles for signing up. Those days are gone, so if you haven’t tried the Venture card lately, this is a very generous offer compared to the 10,000 – 20,000 miles offered more recently.

You earn the 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within 3 months. There’s no annual fee the first year, then $59 after.

How does it work?

The Capital One Venture Rewards card is one of the two best cards for travel value you can use on any airline, at any hotel, or for any rental car.

Just like the commercials with Alec Baldwin say, you earn double miles on all your purchases. And there are no blackout dates or restrictions. So it’s like earning 2% cash back that you can use for any travel purchases.

When you’re ready to use the miles you’ve earned, just charge the ticket, room, or rental you want on your Venture card. You can use any website, book over the phone, or pay in person – it doesn’t matter as long as you use the card. In fact even cab fare counts according to Capital One:

“Purchases made from airlines, hotels, rail lines, car rental agencies, limousine services, bus lines, cruise lines, taxi cabs, travel agents and time shares are generally considered to be travel purchases and availability for redemption is based on the merchant category code assigned to them by the merchant.”

Then, login to your account at and ‘erase’ the purchase with your miles.

Every mile is worth one cent. So a $200 plane ticket will need 20,000 miles.

And you earn the usual miles or points in your airline or hotel’s points program because it’s just like making your bookings in cash.

What are the catches?

There aren’t many. tIn order to use your miles you need enough of them in your account to cover an entire purchase. For example, you can’t use 10,000 miles to take $100 off a $250 plane ticket. But you can use 25,000 miles to take off the cost of the $250 plane ticket.  You also have to use your points for purchases made within the previous 90 days. So basically you have 3 months after a purchase during which you can use your points to erase it.

Is there an alternative?

Another double miles card like the Capital One Venture(SM) Rewards Card is the Barclaycard Arrival World MasterCard – Earn 2x Miles on All Purchases.

It’s offering 40,000 miles as an introductory bonus, though you only have to spend $1,000 within 3 months to earn it.

It works just like the Capital One Venture with a couple of differences…

You can use points to cover just part of a purchase if you’d like. So for example if you buy a $300 plane ticket you can use 10,000 points to take $100 off the cost of the plane ticket and leave the remaining $200 to pay on your statement. With the Capital One Venture you would need a full 30,000 points to take the entire $300 off your statement.

The Arrival is more flexible.

You also get a rebate of 10% of your points back whenever you use your points. So if you use 20,000 points to take $200 off a travel purchase, you’ll get 2,000 points refunded to your account. So it’s like a 2.2% cash back card for travel.

The annual fee is higher at $89 though it’s waived the first year. It’s a better deal for ongoing spending if you put more than $1,500 a month on the card, even with the annual fee.

But it’s a great deal to get both for the big signup offers, then decide which you want to keep before the fee comes due in year. Capital One doesn’t have a lot of generous sign on bonuses anymore, so that makes it easy to work into your next round of applications.

The Venture and Arrival cards are among the best if  you want is domestic travel rewards. The Southwest credit cards are also good choices for domestic trips, and they have 50,000 mile offers as of the time of this post.

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