Capital One Venture Review: Good if you’ve given up on airline miles


Double miles on everything. No confusion about categories – just simple 2x miles on all your purchases.

Use your miles for any travel purchase. Just buy it with your card, then use your miles later to erase some or all of it. Even if it’s only $1. And you can book any airline you want, even Southwest. Just pay for your travel with your card wherever you normally buy flights, like the airline website and use your miles to erase the charge afterward.


Annual fee. It’s waived the first year, but after that it’s $59.

Can’t mix with airline miles. These miles can’t be mixed and combined with the airline miles you might have already earned from flying.

Overall Rating
4/5 Stars   
Key Features
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles on every purchase
  • Fly any airline, stay at any hotel, anytime
  • No blackout dates or seat restrictions
  • New accounts get a $0 intro annual fee for
  • the first year; plus earn 40,000 bonus miles
  • No foreign transaction fees

United MileagePlus® Explorer Card

Miles dont expireas long as card is open
Learn more

Partner Offer

50,000 bonus miles

Intro Offer


Annual Fee


Foreign Transaction Fee Waived

Earns United MileagePlus miles

Points Can Transfer to Airline Miles ?

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8 thoughts on Capital One Venture Review: Good if you’ve given up on airline miles

  1. Ed Hunter

    You compared some airlines but I need a comparison for United Airlines. Can you help me with that?


      @Ed – Sure, where do you typically want to fly with your miles on United? Domestic flights? To Europe? To Hawaii? That helps inform the tradeoffs.


      @Melissa – It’s like you used cash to buy the ticket. So the miles would be gone, but if the airline refunds the ticket, it will show up as statement credit on your account, which is the same value as the miles. But if the airline has a penalty or change fee, then you lose that penalty or change fee. And if it’s nonrefundable, then you just get a voucher from the airline to use for future travel.


      @Bonnie – With the Capital One card you just pay for tickets using your card on any site – the airline, a travel agency, whatever you want, just like you’re using cash. So the ticket isn’t any different than one you pay in cash.

      When the ticket charge appears on your credit card statement, you then use points to remove the charge from your statement, so the airline has no idea you’ve paid yourself back with points.


      @Timaney – Just pay for it with your card. Then login to your Capital One account and use your miles to request statement credit for the ticket.


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