|Business Rating:||4.3 / 5|
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In a Nutshell:
The Capital One Spark Miles for Business card offers a big bonus and valuable travel rewards, plus valuable mile transfer options.
Average Yearly Rewards Value ($4,000 monthly spend)
Other Notable Features: Free employee cards, quarterly and year-end summaries, downloadable purchase records, mobile app to manage purchases, discounts on business purchases with Visa SavingsEdge, no foreign transaction fees, car rental insurance, purchase protection, roadside dispatch, lost luggage reimbursement
For business owners seeking to earn miles with every purchase, the Capital One Spark Miles for Business card is a pretty sweet deal. It comes with a hefty sign-up bonus and a high general rewards rate of two miles per dollar spent. Plus, you can redeem your miles for purchases from virtually any travel service at a flat rate of 1 cent per mile, so there’s no mystery of how much your rewards miles are worth. Even better, cardholders will soon be able to transfer miles to a variety of transfer partners at a ratio of 2:1.5, giving them the option to get even more than 1 cent per mile of value on a redemption.
The high dollar value of the Spark Miles card’s sign-up bonus and its potential rewards earnings put it near the top of our business card category.
High general rewards rate
The Spark Miles for Business card gives you double rewards miles on all of your spending – a rate rivaled by only a few other business rewards cards. There are no limits on these miles, which means, if you are a big spender, you won’t hit a cap and see your rewards rate plummet to 1 percent.
Also, since the double rewards rate applies to every purchase, you don’t need to keep track of spending categories, nor do you have to enroll in quarterly bonus categories. This means, though, that if you spend a larger than average amount in a particular category, such as gas or dining out, you lose out on the bonus earnings some cards offer in certain spending categories.
Large sign-up bonus
The Spark Miles for Business card’s 50,000 bonus miles is one of the highest sign-up bonuses among business cards and, in itself, may be worth the effort of applying. That sign-up bonus, earned when you spend $5,000 in your first three months, is enough to cover a $500 plane ticket. Plus for a limited time, you can earn an additional 150,000 miles when you spend $50,000 in the first six months. That gives you the potential to earn the equivalent of $2,000 in plane tickets in the first year.
The $50,000 spend threshold for the additional bonus can be pretty difficult to reach, so make as many of your large purchases as possible during the first six months.
That’s a much higher bonus than you would get with the no annual fee version of this card. Capital One’s Spark Miles Select for Business has a sign-up bonus of 20,000 miles, and each purchase earns 1.5 miles instead of the 2:1 rate with the annual fee version.
Flexible rewards redemption
Capital One puts few restrictions on rewards redemption, so if you prefer a travel card with ease and flexibility, Spark Miles for Business could be the card for you. You can book your travel through Capital One’s travel portal or any travel site.
If you book travel from an outside site, you can use Capital One’s purchase eraser to apply your rewards miles to your purchase, or to a portion of your purchase, starting at just 2,500 miles ($25 worth of miles). You earn rewards miles on these travel purchases, which means you get a little extra bonus each time you redeem your miles this way.
The Spark Miles for Business card also lets you redeem your miles on a variety of other rewards, including cash back, gift cards and merchandise. However, your rewards miles tend to be worth less for these categories, so you’re better off sticking to travel rewards.
New list of transfer partners
A new benefit has arrived for Spark Miles cardholders: Members can now transfer miles to 12 airline partners at a ratio of 2:1.5. Unfortunately, the current list of partners doesn’t include any major U.S. airlines and cardholders will lose some value on the mile transfer. But there are some appealing transfer options in the list – such as Aeroplan, Avianca and Singapore – and cardholders can potentially expand their options by looking for flights with airline alliance partners. With some searching, it is possible for Spark Miles cardholders to get an even better value than 1 cent per mile by transferring miles. The new transfer options help distinguish the Spark Miles card from its cash back counterpart, the Capital One Spark Cash for Business, and make the already flexible Spark Miles card even more valuable.
Spark Miles card transfer partners
|Aeroplan (Air Canada)||Star|
|Flying Blue (AirFrance, KLM)||SkyTeam|
Premium travel and purchase benefits
Like many travel rewards cards with an annual fee, the Capital One Spark Miles for Business card comes with a long list of benefits, including car rental insurance, extended warranty coverage and purchase protection. For business travelers, the no foreign transaction fees perk can save you typically 3 percent of each transaction in U.S. dollars made abroad.
Lacks some useful business features
When it comes to features for business owners, Spark Miles for Business falls short of other premium cards in the business category. While the card allows you to add other employees to your account for no extra fee, it does not let you manage those accounts remotely or to set limits on employee accounts. Also, while the card offers an app to help tag receipts and manage purchases, the app is designed for personal card users and doesn’t let business card owners track employee spending.
On the plus side, Spark Miles for Business offers quarterly and year-end account summaries, which you can download into QuickBooks to track expenses. Business owners also get discounts on purchases at participating merchants through the Visa SavingsEdge program.
Why get the Spark Miles for Business card?
- You want your business spending to help you earn free travel rewards.
- You want a simple, straightforward rewards program with few restrictions.
- You want a flexible travel rewards program with a wide variety of hotel and airline options.
- You want a business card with no foreign transaction fees, a perk more cards are offering, our 2016 Credit Card Fee Survey found.
- You want to add employees to your business card account at no extra charge.
- Tools would help you track and manage your business credit card expenses.
How to use the Spark Miles for Business card:
- Use the card for most of your purchases to take advantage of the high rewards rate.
- Redeem your miles for travel rewards, since other types of rewards have a much lower value.
- You can squeeze extra value out of your miles with travel specials on Capital One’s rewards website.
- You can book discounted travel on outside travel sites and redeem those purchases for statement credits.
- While you’ll usually get the best value by redeeming your miles for travel statement credits, you can potentially get a better value than 1 cent per mile by transferring miles to an airline partner (you’ll have to look for higher values in their redemption charts).
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