The Best Ways To Redeem Capital One Venture Points In 2019

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Capital One Venture Points is a popular scheme, due in part to the availability of excellent low-cost, high earning Capital One credit cards. But, how best to use Capital One Venture Points? There are several ways to spend them, and this article looks at the best value options. As you will see, you can often do better than just convert the points to cash!

Capital One Venture Rewards card
Earn Miles with the Capital One Venture Rewards card. Photo: Simple Flying

Capital One Venture Points

Points (known in the program as Miles)  can be earned from a number of Capital One cards. The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card is one of favorites (see our comparison article). It offers a 50,000 mile sign up bonus, and two miles per dollar on all spend, with an annual fee of $95. The Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card offers a lower bonus and earning rates but with no annual fee.

There are five main ways to redeem Capital One Venture Points once you have earned them:

  • Convert points to cash
  • Get a rebate on any previous travel purchase
  • Redeem points for gift cards
  • Book new travel through Capital One
  • Transfer as miles to a partner airline
Capital One
Earn miles with Capital One. Image: Capital One

Converting points to cash

Converting Venture points to cash is simple – but is the lowest value option and should be avoided! Points are converted to cash (as a rebate or statement credit) at a rate of 0.5 cents per point.

Using points for a travel rebate

You can straight away get double the value – one cent per point – by using points to ‘Erase’ any previous travel purchase made with the Capital One card. This can be used to offset any travel related purchase (not just flights and hotels, but car hire, taxis, Uber bookings and more) made within the last 90 days. Selection is simple with an online system to choose the transaction you want to remove from your statement.

Air Tahiti Nui
Using the ‘Eraser’ you can use points for any travel purchase, not just partnered airlines. Photo: Air Tahiti Nui

Redeem points for gift cards

The same value, one cent per point, can be obtained by using points to purchase a variety of gift cards. This is useful if you really have no travel purchases. Gift cards can often be obtained for a lower price elsewhere though, so do not represent as good value.

As of early 2019 the price of many of these increased. Some are now 1,250 points for a $10 card, which is even lower value! Check carefully if you buy gift cards, as these may change again.

Amazon gift card
Use points for gift cards – but be careful with the value you get! Image: Amazon

Use points for a new travel purchase

Travel booked through the Capital One travel portal can be paid for using points – again at a fixed rate of one cent per mile. This works much like any other travel booking portal, offering a wide range of flights, hotels and car hire.

In our opinion, it is better though just to book direct or through your preferred online booking website and then apply to offset the transaction. The value is the same, and you may even get additional rewards by booking through another site!

Transferring miles to a partner airlines scheme

Transferring Venture Rewards points to miles in an airline loyalty scheme is the only way to get value greater than the fixed one cent per mile. This is a new option that Capital One introduced in 2018 (much later than other programs such as Chase Ultimate Rewards).

Miles can currently be transferred to 14 partner airline mileage programs.

  • Aeromexico Club Premier
  • Air Canada Aeroplan
  • Air France / KLM Flying Blue
  • Alitalia MileMiglia
  • Avianca LifeMiles
  • Emirates Skywards
  • Finnair Plus
  • Cathay Pacific AsiaMiles
  • Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer
  • Etihad Guest
  • EVA Air Infinity MileageLands
  • Hainan Airlines Fortune Wings Club
  • Qantas Club
  • Qatar Airways Privilege Club
Singapore Airlines A380
Singapore Airlines is one of 14 airlines miles can be transferred to. Photo: Singapore Airlines

This is a solid set of partners, including some normally hard to access carriers like Singapore and Emirates. And of course, each of these has multiple partners for redemption too.

The lack of a major US based airline included as a transfer partner may be a limitation for some people. However, this can be overcome to a certain extent as they are included as partners of other airlines for awards.

Most of these partners offer mileage transfer at a rate of 2:1.5 (so 10,000 Venture Reward points would become 7,500 airline miles). Miles to Emirates Skywards and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer transfer at a rate of 2:1.

Emirates A380
Emirates is another top quality airline you can access with Miles. Photo: Emirates

Transfers are simple from within your Capital One Venture Rewards account. The minimum transfer for any partner is 1,000 miles, but above that miles can be in increments of 100 – useful to be able to transfer just what you need!

Airline transfers – best value options

Just transferring to an airline scheme does not guarantee better value! You need to be sure that you know what award you want, it is available and will offer an acceptable value for you. Check this out before you transfer miles – as transfers cannot be reversed or changed once made.

Remember too that miles are transferring at a rate of 2:1.5 or 2:1. Those that also use the Chase Ultimate Rewards program will be used to the better rate of 1:1.

Transferring miles opens up all the possibilities of redemption with each of the 14 partner airlines. For more ideas on the value you can get here, take a look at some of our airline loyalty guides.

Capital One Venture Rewards card
The additional of airline partners has enhanced the value of Capital One Venture Rewards points. Photo: Simple Flying

Here are some of our favorite options available:

Redeem for luxury travel with Singapore Airline

KrisFlyer is one of the most popular loyalty schemes among frequent flyers. It allows access to some of most luxurious seats in the sky – Singapore Airlines First Class Suites. This will likely be very good value compared to the cash rate, if you can find availability! First class rates between New York and Singapore, for example, start at 132,000 miles one way.

Singapore Airlines Suites
Singapore Airlines First Class Suites – one of the most luxurious ways to fly. Photo: Singapore Airlines
Get good value in Asia with Cathay Pacific and Asia Miles

Cathay Pacific Asia Miles opens up travel on another excellent Asian airline, as well as several partners. Awards here are well priced, and also have the benefit of allowing a free stopover (with Cathay Pacific and some partners).

There are some good value options here – for example you can fly from Denpasar (Bali) to Hong Kong, enjoy a stopover, then take another flight to Taiwan or Southern China for only 10,000 miles in economy.

Hong Kong skyline
Enjoy a stopover in Hong Kong with an Asia Miles award. Photo: Wikimedia (Use:Base64)
Redeem for short haul flights in the US

One of the problems with the Venture Rewards partners is the lack of a major US based airline partner. One way around this is to book through other airlines which allow booking of US airlines as partners. One of the best value options is booking American Airlines awards via Qantas. Short haul flights within the US start at just 8,000 Qantas miles each way in economy, and to/from Hawaii they start at 22,500 miles.

This can be especially good value for peak season, last minute flights. If award tickets are available they can be very good value compared to the high cash rates at those times.

American Airlines
Transfer miles to Qantas to book US flights with American. Photo: American Airlines

Final thoughts

Fixed value redemptions for previous or future travel purchases are very simple with Capital One Venture Rewards, and everyone should be able to use them this way. Our favorite option is the very flexible ‘Erase’ for a previous purchase, so you can always rely on getting one cent per mile. Used this way, Venture Rewards is one of the simplest programs around – good, fixed earning rates and easy redemption!

To get any better value from miles they must be transferred to a partner airline program. This is more complex as you need to work out how to redeem and the best airline for what you want, but if done right there is much more value here. It is a shame that the transfer rates are worse than 1:1, and you need to be careful here when comparing value, but there are still some great  redemption options.

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