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Earn up to 60,000 bonus miles with the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card

Even with an annual fee, the Venture card offers solid rewards value thanks to its first-year bonus and ongoing rewards rate

Summary

New Venture cardholders can receive a 60,000-mile bonus after spending $3,000 in the first three months of card membership. Add in an impressive ongoing rewards rate, and the card is a solid option for travelers.

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The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is a fan-favorite starter travel credit card, and it’s easy to see why. With a flat, 2-miles-per-dollar rate on all purchases, racking up plenty of rewards is straightforward. And you’ll have a ton of flexibility when it comes time to redeem your miles too, as you can use rewards to cover any eligible travel purchase on any site from the past 90 days without losing any value.

The sign-up bonus on the Venture card is nothing to frown at either. Right now, the card is offering new cardholders 60,000 miles after they spend $3,000 in their first three months of account opening. This isn’t the most eye-catching offer the Venture card has ever had – it used to offer up to 100,000 miles – but it is the highest you can achieve with such a low spend threshold. If you’re a moderate spender, this might be one of the best bonuses the card can have for you.

Venture card changes

Previous offerUpdated offer
Sign-up bonus50,000 miles after $3,000 spend in the first 3 months or 100,000 total miles after $20,000 spend in the first 12 months60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in the first 3 months

Miles for every purchase

Along with a generous sign-up bonus, the Venture card lets cardholders earn 2 miles per dollar on all purchases. We value Capital One miles at 1 cent per mile when redeemed for travel – making the sign-up bonus worth approximately $600.

Another big perk: There is no limit on the number of miles you can earn, and your rewards won’t expire for the life of your account.

Venture vs. VentureOne

Because they have such similar card names, you may be wondering what differentiates the Venture card from the VentureOne card. Take a look at our chart below to see how the cards compare side-by-side.

CardCapital One Venture Rewards Credit CardCapital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card
Rewards rate2 miles per dollar on every purchase1.25 miles per dollar on every purchase
Sign-up bonus60,000 miles after $3,000 spend in the first 3 months20,000 miles after $500 spend in first 3 months
Annual fee$95$0
Introductory APR offerNone0% on purchases for 12 months, then a 14.99% to 24.99% variable APR
Estimated yearly value over 3 years ($15,900 spend)$447$293
Other benefits
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • 24-hour travel assistance services
  • Auto rental collision damage waiver
  • Travel accident insurance
  • Extended warranty

As you can see, while the Venture and VentureOne cards provide almost identical card benefits, the Venture card offers a considerably higher sign-up bonus and rewards rate than that of the VentureOne card.

Indeed, even with its annual fee factored in, you’ll likely earn more per year in ongoing rewards with the Venture card, thanks to its 2-mile-per-dollar rewards rate on all purchases.

Let’s crunch the numbers: Based on the average person’s spending habits, you stand to earn around $223 in rewards in your second year as a Venture cardholder (2 miles per dollar earned on a $15,900 per year spend, minus the annual fee). With the VentureOne, you’d only earn about $198 on the same spend.

On the other hand, the Venture card does not offer an introductory APR on purchases. Because of this, the VentureOne card may be a better option if you plan to carry a card balance on purchases during the first 12 months.

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