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For some time, the only U.S. credit card issuer to offer its own collection of premium airport lounges was American Express with its popular Centurion Lounges.
Recently, however, Capital One has been making waves in the industry. Not only has it introduced its own premium credit card — the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card — but it also recently launched its own network of premium airport lounges.
At the moment, there’s just 1 Capital One Lounge open, with 2 more set to open in 2023 and a fourth location just approved. Despite its currently small network of spaces, they’re sure to impress any traveler who visits them.
In this guide, we will give you a deep dive into all of the Capital One Lounges, including those that haven’t opened just yet, along with their amenities, hours, and information on how you can access them.
The easiest way to gain regular access to Capital One Lounges is to be a Capital One Venture X cardholder. Those with the card receive unlimited complimentary access to all Capital One Lounge locations, plus you can bring 2 guests in with you each time you visit for free. If you’d like to add any guests beyond that, it will cost you $45 per person to do so, with the exception of children under 2 years of age who can enter free of charge.
Hot Tip: If you add a family member or close friend as an authorized user of your Capital One Venture X card, they’ll receive the same lounge access benefits as you. Better yet, adding authorized users to the card is completely free to do!
If you’re not interested in springing for the Capital One Venture X card, then you can still gain access as a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or Capital One Spark Miles for Business cardholder.
With either of these cards, you’ll enjoy 2 free visits per year, and additional visits will cost $45 apiece. You can bring guests in with you for another $45 per person.
Don’t have any of these cards but still want to pay a visit to a Capital One Lounge? Well, all travelers can enter the lounge for $65 per visit, and again any children under 2 are welcome for free. Spending $65 to enter a lounge may feel pretty steep, but when you consider what you might spend on food and drinks at the food court, it might well be worth it to you after factoring in all of the amenities you can use.
One thing to note is that, similar to Amex Centurion Lounges, you can only visit a Capital One Lounge within 3 hours of your scheduled departure time. Further, you must have a valid boarding pass for an upcoming flight. This means that you can visit a Capital One Lounge during a layover, but you can’t visit on arrival if that’s your final destination.
Location: Terminal D by gate D22
Hours: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Size: 10,000 square feet
Hot Tip: For a detailed look inside, visit our review of the Capital One Lounge at DFW Airport.
Expected to open 2023
Location: Concourse A, mezzanine level
Size: 11,200 square feet
Specialty Amenities: TBD
Opening date unknown
Location: Concourse D rotunda
Size: 7,857 square feet
Specialty Amenities: TBD
Location: Main Terminal, after TSA PreCheck
Hours: 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Size: 8,500 square feet
Of course, virtually every airport lounge offers basic perks like Wi-Fi, relaxing seating options, opportunities to charge your devices, and complimentary food and drinks. That said, there are quite a few amenities that Capital One Lounges offer that are either an enhancement over a standard lounge experience or completely unique to this network.
One new and innovative feature of Capital One Lounges is that they offer grab-and-go food selections for those that are in a hurry, or who would like to grab a few snacks for the plane.
Each grab-and-go area offers a wide range of snacks that are curated by up-and-coming local chefs. At the grab-and-go areas, you’ll find items like still and sparkling waters, sandwiches, fruits, salads, juices, assorted snacks, and more. Each item is prepackaged so you can easily store or carry them through the airport without worrying about making a mess.
Of course, if you’re looking for something more substantial, Capital One Lounges offer buffets with hot and cold dishes, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner services. If you’ve ever been to an Amex Centurion Lounge, you’ll find the setup to be similar, with all of the food options being fresh and of high quality.
You can enjoy complimentary beer, wine, and signature cocktails served by a bartender. While any item you see on the menu is completely free, you’ll have the option to request premium liquor options for a fee.
Nothing wears you out quite like a travel day. The coffee bar at Capital One Lounges can give you the pick-up that you need. You’ll have multiple options, including fresh-brewed coffee, cold brew on tap, or a full-service espresso bar.
Quiet Work Zones
Need to get some work done before your flight? Capital One Lounges offer semi-private work areas so you can be productive in a quiet space. Each work zone includes plenty of power outlets to keep your devices charged. Monitors around the rooms display up-to-date flight information.
Each relaxation room offers immersive nap pods that offer guided meditations or simply provide a quiet place for you to get some shut-eye. Each relaxation room is 100% private, soundproof, and has a closing door — perfect for tuning out the chaos of the airport while you rest.
Want the freedom to stroll around the lounge to pick up food, work up a sweat, or freshen up, but don’t want to worry about lugging your bags around? The Capital One Lounge offers luggage lockers so that you can keep your bags stored in a secured area, giving you peace of mind while you enjoy the lounges other amenities.
Cycling and Yoga Rooms
If you need to loosen up after a long flight, you can get a workout in the cycling and yoga rooms. Each room offers Peloton bikes for a cardio workout and yoga mats for those looking to stretch after a long travel day.
One of the best benefits of an airport lounge is a shower suite to freshen up before or after a long flight. Fortunately, Capital One Lounges have shower suites available for guests in 45-minute increments, with 15 minutes scheduled between guests for cleaning.
Towels, shampoo, and body wash are provided in the shower suite, so there’s no need to bust out your toiletry bag. However, if you’re planning to use the shower, you might want to schedule your time slot well in advance as it tends to be popular.
Family Area and Parent’s Rooms
Each Capital One Lounge includes a family area with shorter tables and chairs for kids, along with a private nursing room where you can feed or care for your child in a secluded environment.
Another unique amenity of Capital One Lounges is the multi-faith room, which is soundproof and dedicated for prayer, meditation, or quiet reflection.
Hot Tip: A new airport lounge dining concept from Capital One, Capital One Landings, is in development at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA) and Ronald Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. (DCA).
While there aren’t many Capital One Lounges at the moment, they are easily one of the nicest airport lounge experiences in the U.S., and definitely rival the ever-popular Amex Centurion Lounges.
If you find yourself in an airport that offers a Capital One Lounge, it will be well worth a visit for Venture and Spark cardholders. Of course, all others can gain access with a $65 fee, but make sure you eat enough to get your money’s worth!
It’s likely that Capital One plans to open many more airport lounges across the country in the coming years, and we will continue to update this page with the latest information when and if it does so!
The information regarding the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
Information regarding the Capital One Spark Miles for Business was independently collected by Upgraded Points and not provided nor reviewed by the issuer.
Capital One Lounges are Capital One’s unique lounge product where you can relax and recharge before your flight. Each lounge aims to provide unique amenities and a premium experience for travelers.
There are a few different ways to gain access to Capital One Lounges. The primary way is via holding the Capital One Venture X card, Capital One Venture card, or Capital One Spark Miles card.
Capital One Venture X cardholders receive unlimited complimentary access to Capital One Lounges, as do any authorized users. You can bring 2 guests into the lounge with you for no additional charge.
Capital One Venture card and Capital One Spark Miles cardholders receive 2 free visits to Capital One Lounges each year, and after that can pay $45 per visit, per person.
If you don’t have one of these Capital One cards you can still access a Capital One Lounge, but it costs $65 per person to do so.
At the moment, the only airports that have an active Capital One Lounge are Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). However, there are 2 other Capital One Lounges slated to open at Denver International Airport (DEN) and Harry Reid International Airport (LAS).
Yes, you can purchase a day pass for a Capital One Lounge for $65 per person, but children under 2 can enter for free.
It’s worth noting, however, that you can only enter the lounge 3 hours before your flight’s scheduled departure time.
Select cards get access to Capital One Lounges, including the Capital One Venture X card, which gives you complimentary access, and the Capital One Venture card and Capital One Spark Miles card, which offer 2 free visits per year (these passes can also be used at Plaza Premium Lounges).
Beyond that, the Capital One Venture X card also offers access to Plaza Premium Lounges and a Priority Pass Select membership that grants access to 1,300+ airport lounges in the Priority Pass network around the world.
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