Big New 50K Mile Sign-Up Bonus On The Capital One Venture Card

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The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card has a new increased sign-up bonus, which is the biggest I recall seeing on the card. Specifically, the card is offering a sign-up bonus of 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months from account opening. Prior to that, the standard sign-up bonus on the card was 40,000 bonus miles after completing the minimum spend.

The card has a $95 annual fee (it was recently increased from $59 to $95), though it’s waived for the first 12 months.

Even though the points currency earned on the Venture Card is called “miles,” these aren’t traditional miles that can be transferred to airline partners. Rather, each mile can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel reward, including hotels, flights, car rentals, etc. Best of all, you can redeem the miles as a statement credit towards a travel purchase, meaning you can book your travel however you want, and then be reimbursed for it — there’s no need to book through a Capital One portal, or anything.


You can redeem your miles towards the cost of a rental car

In other words, the 50,000 mile sign-up bonus gets you $500 worth of travel rewards, which is a great sign-up bonus, especially given that this is a card many people don’t have.

In terms of everyday spend, the card offers two miles per dollar spent, meaning that it essentially offers 2% cashback that can be redeemed towards travel.

That’s a reasonably good return, though it’s not necessarily a card I’d use for everyday spend. If it’s cashback you’re after, I prefer something like the Citi® Double Cash Card, which offers 1% cashback on purchases, and another 1% cashback when you pay for those purchases. The card has no annual fee, and offers essentially the same return as the Venture Card, except the cashback is more flexible, as it can be redeemed towards anything.

Still, this is a fantastic sign-up bonus. $500 in travel rewards upon completing minimum spend with no annual fee the first year, plus 2% cashback travel rewards, is an all around compelling reason to sign-up for the Venture Card, if you don’t have it yet.

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Comments

  1. Just a note for those who get a lot of credit cards and have high credit scores, Capital One really doesn’t want your business. Their business model is focused on getting customers with mid-level credit risk, who will likely run balances and pay interest, but have strong enough income to eventually pay it off. If you have a lot of accounts but don’t carry balances, you will likely be rejected.

  2. Hey, lucky.
    Since you’ve not posted anything about the current Avianca life miles sale that is going on. 125% extra and with 200,000 miles limit that is available for only two more days from now. Is it a good deal on these award miles to redeem for first class Lufthansa from Bombay to Luanda with $55,00 taxes/surcharge? Or should I just wait for some other deal for eg. United Miles or M&M. Please advise 🙂
    Thanks.

  3. What are the guidelines with regards to being eligible for the sign-up bonus? Like, how long since the last time you got a sign-up bonus for the Venture card do you need to wait before being able to get another sign-up bonus? I got a sign-up bonus on the Venture card back in January 2015 and downgraded it to a Quicksilver card when the annual fee came up in January 2016. I can’t find anything other than a statement in the terms and conditions saying something along the lines of “Current and previous account holders may not be eligible.” Thanks.

  4. This has to be one of the worst cards on the market. $95 annual fee for 2% fixed back only on travel purchases? Churn this puppy.

  5. I have excellent credit and was denied because they said that i applied for too many credit cards in the last 24 months. i only applied for 6 cards in 2 years. reconsideration supervisor did not help. anybody else have this experience?

  6. Does anyone know if Cap1 will match higher offers? I just received my Venture card on the 9th of September.

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