Capital One Venture X Business Credit Card Review (2024)

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The Capital One Venture X Business card was released last year in a bizarre stop-and-start “launch” that began with no one really having any idea of how to get the card, outside of vague advice to “apply through a small business relationship manager” – a position which most Capital One employees seemed to have no idea existed. It finally went live for online applications at the end of 2023 and since then has oscillated between a series of gaudy welcome offers that require even gaudier minimum spend.

The Venture X Business is very similar to the consumer Venture X, and both provide plenty of value for their annual fees. However, there are some key differences that could make the Business card better for some folks, and the personal card better for others.

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Capital One Venture X Business Current Welcome Offer

Card Offer
150K Miles ⓘ Affiliate
Earn a one-time bonus of 150K miles after $30K spend in the first 3 months
$395 Annual Fee
Recent better offer: Expired 3/31/23: 250K Miles after $50K in spend.

Capital One Venture X Business Review

The Capital One Venture X Business can be a valuable all-around card. Its travel and purchase protections are good and it offers a marvelous array of complimentary lounge access. Although you can add authorized users for free, unlike the personal Venture X, those authorized users don’t receive most of the card’s perks (which could make the personal card a better option for families).

Over the last couple of years, Capital One miles have become a much more useful currency that can now transfer 1-1 to a decent selection of travel partners or be redeemed for 1 cent each towards travel. The $395 annual fee is effectively offset by a $300 annual travel credit and a 10,000 mile anniversary bonus. Combine that with the perks, lounge benefits and 2x everywhere earning and this card could start to look like a keeper for many folks.

  • Annual Fee: $395
    • Authorized User Annual Fee: Free (without most cardholder benefits)
  • Foreign Transaction Fee: None
  • What points are worth: The Capital One Venture X earns Capital One Miles. Our current Reasonable Redemption Values pegs them at 1.45 cents each.
  • Best Use for Points: Capital One Miles can be transferred to travel partners at a 1:1 ratio and this will usually yield the most value. Our favorite hotel transfer partner is probably Wyndham Rewards, because of the terrific redemptions that can be had with Vacasa Vacation Rentals. Airline partners can be an excellent value as well, and include Air Canada Aeroplan, Air France/KLM Flying Blue, British Airways Avios and Turkish Miles and Smiles. Venture X Business cardholders can also redeem miles to erase travel purchases or redeem miles them directly through the Capital One Travel Portal at 1 cent per point.
  • Earning Categories: 
    • 10X hotels and car rentals booked through Capital One Travel
    • 5X flights booked through Capital one Travel
    • 2X everywhere else
  • Credits:
    • $300 annual travel (must be booked through Capital One)
    • $100 Global Entry/TSA PreCheck (once every 4 years)
    • 10,000 bonus miles each year at renewal, starting with the first anniversary
  • Additional Perks (primary cardholder only):
    • Priority Pass Lounge Membership: Cardholder and up to two guests get complimentary access. This no longer includes restaurants within the Priority Pass network. 
    • Plaza Premium Lounge Access: Cardholders and up to two guests get complimentary access to a subset of Plaza Premium Lounges.
    • Capital One Lounges: Cardholders and up to two guests get complimentary access to Capital One Lounges.
    • Premier Collection: Get access to Capital One’s “premium hotel collection. When booking through Capital One, get a $100 experience credit, daily breakfast for two and other benefits (see terms and list of properties here).
  • Travel Protections:
    • Auto Rental Coverage: Primary auto rental CDW (collision damage waiver). Provides reimbursement for theft and collision damage for rental cars in the U.S. and abroad.
    • Trip Delay Insurance: If you pay for at least a portion of your airfare with a Venture X Business Card, can get up to $500 if your travel is delayed by six or more hours or forces you into an overnight stay. Cardholder, spouse, and dependent children under 22 years old are covered.
  • Purchase Protections:
    • Extended Warranty: “Doubles the time period of the original manufacturer’s written U.S. repair warranty up to one (1) additional year on eligible warranties of three (3) years or less for items purchased entirely with your eligible World Mastercard card.”
    • Damage and Theft Protection: 90 days against damage or theft; up to $1,000 per claim and $25,000 per year
  • Who’s this card for? Business owners who can meet the substantial minimum spend requirements and who value the excellent lounge benefits.
  • Is the Capital One Venture X Business a keeper? The $300 travel credit is a little irritating as it has to be used through Capital One Travel, but combined with the 10,000 anniversary miles, this card more or less pays for its itself. Given that, it’s an easy keeper for me as a 2x-everywhere card with good lounge benefits.

Capital One Venture X Business Pros and Cons

Pros

  • 2x everywhere
  • Card effectively pays for itself with anniversary miles and an annual travel credit
  • Primary rental car insurance
  • $300 travel credit applies to cars, hotels and flights booked through Capital One Travel
  • Nice variety of transfer partners
  • Points can be redeemed at 1 cents each for travel if you don’t want to hassle with transferring partners (although, as a rule, we don’t recommend doing it)
  • Doesn’t count towards your Chase 5/24 status

Cons

  • Outside of Capital One Travel, no bonus categories
  • Unlike the regular Venture X, free authorized users don’t receive lounge benefits
  • High annual fee ($395)
  • Annual travel credit has to be used through Capital One Travel, oftentimes with higher pricing (or possible headaches when dealing with irregular operations)
  • Can be difficult to get approvals for multiple Capital One cards
  • Transfers to Choice Privileges at 1/2 the rate of Citi
  • Some folks won’t like the lack of domestic airline transfer partners

Capital One Application Tips

  • 48 Month Rule: Existing or previous cardholders are not eligible for the same personal card if they have received a new cardmember bonus for the same product within the last 48 months. This doesn't apply to business cards.
  • 2 card limit? Conventional wisdom and user experience used to be that you can have at most 2 Capital One cards. However, there are now frequent data points of some people having many more.
  • 1 Charge Card Limit: Capital One only allows cardholders to be have one business charge card, so it's not possible to be the primary cardholders on both the Venture X Business and Spark Cash Plus. This doesn't apply to authorized users.
  • Hard inquiries usually get issued through all 3 credit bureaus.
  • Velocity Limits? It used to be thought that Capital One will only approve you for one card every six months. While this is still many people's experience, we've now frequently seen data points of approvals for a second card within that timeframe.
  • Application Status: Call (800) 903-9177 to check your application status.
  • Reconsideration: If denied, call (800) 625-7866 for reconsideration.

Capital One Transfer Partners

Rewards ProgramCapital One Transfer RatioBest Uses
Accor Live Limitless1000 to 500Use to pay hotel bill with value of 2 Euro cents per point. In some cases (such as hotel to airline transfer bonuses) it may make sense to convert Accor points to the following airline miles at a 1 to 1 ratio: Finnair, Iberia, Qantas, or Virgin Australia
Aer Lingus Avios1 to 1 via BAFuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Aer Lingus (Avios.com) rather than British Airways, Qatar, or Iberia. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar.  See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
AeroMexico ClubPremier1 to 1AeroMexico is a SkyTeam partner. Club Premier points can be used to book flights on AeroMexico, SkyTeam alliance members (such as Delta or Korean Air), or on select partner airlines. Unfortunately many have reported that awards are extremely difficult to book through AeroMexico so we do not recommend transferring points to this program. If you want to fly AeroMexico, look to transfer points to another SkyTeam partner (such as Air France) and then book AeroMexico with that program.
Air Canada Aeroplan1 to 1Redeem for Star Alliance flights and/or flights with Air Canada partners (such as Etihad). No fuel surcharges; $39 CAD award booking fee; 5,000 points to add stopover on one-way award. See: Air Canada Aeroplan: Everything you need to know.
Air France KLM Flying Blue1 to 1Monthly Air France Promo Awards often represent very good value. Air France miles can be used to book Sky Team awards, including Delta awards. Air France often offers very good business class award pricing between the US and Europe & Israel.
Avianca LifeMiles1 to 1Avianca LifeMiles can be great for Star Alliance awards. They offer reasonable award prices and no fuel surcharges on awards. They also offer shorthaul awards within the US (for flying United, for example) for as few as 7,500 miles one-way. Best of all, their mixed-cabin pricing can lead to fantastic first-class award prices. See this post for details.
British Airways Avios1 to 1While flights on British Airways itself often incur outrageously high fuel surcharges, many BA partners charge low or no fuel surcharges. Excellent value can be had in redeeming BA points for short distance flights. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
Cathay Pacific Asia Miles1 to 1Cathay Pacific has a decent distance based award chart, but they no longer allow stopovers longer than 24 hours. Cathay Pacific Asia Miles can be a good option for booking American Airlines flights with a distance based award chart, especially if other OneWorld Alliance miles aren't available. For long distance flights, it is possible to reduce the cost of a premium cabin award by adding on a lower cabin segment. See this post for details.
Choice1 to 1Choice Privileges points seem to be randomly valuable within the US, but dependably valuable internationally in expensive locations such as Scandinavia and Japan. Points can sometimes offer great value when used towards participating Preferred Hotels of the World.
Emirates Skywards1 to 1The best use of Emirates miles has been to fly Emirates itself. Unfortunately fuel surcharges can be steep. See: Emirates Sweet Spot Awards - First class from 30K miles round trip.
Etihad Guest1 to 1Etihad offers a distance based award chart for flying Etihad and another for its partners. Points may offer good value for expensive but short-distance flights.
EVA Air Infinity MileageLands1000 to 750If you want to fly one of the best business class products in the sky, the best way to snag EVA flights is with their own miles since they release more award space to their own members. One-way business class flights from the US to Taipei cost 75K to 80K miles. Fuel surcharges are very low on these routes.
Finnair Plus+1 to 1Award prices are quite high compared to competing programs. Interestingly, miles can be exchanged for tier points (towards elite status).
Iberia Avios1 to 1 via BAOn their own flights, Iberia offers low award prices and a very reasonable 25 Euro cancellation fee. Partner awards can offer good value under some circumstances as well, but these are usually nonrefundable. Fuel surcharges are sometimes lower when booking with Iberia rather than British Airways, Aer Lingus, or Qatar. It's possible to move points (Avios) between Iberia, British Airways, Aer Lingus, and Qatar. See also: Avios Sweet Spots for Award Tickets.
Qantas Frequent Flyer1 to 1Best use is probably for flights on El Al with no fuel surcharges. Also useful for short AA flights. Qantas offers distance based award charts similar to Cathay Pacific. Both are OneWorld Alliance members. I recommend comparing award prices across both programs before transferring to either. Qantas offers round the world business class awards for only 280,000 points (but with many restrictions)
Qatar Privilege Club Avios1 to 1 via BAQatar has reasonable award prices for flying Qatar itself. Points are now transferable 1 to 1 to British Airways (and from there to Aer Lingus or Iberia). It is now also possible to book JetBlue flights with Qatar Avios.
Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer1 to 1Use to book Singapore Airlines First Class awards (generally reserved for their own members), Alaska Airlines economy awards, or for Star Alliance awards (including United Airlines).
TAP Air Portugal1 to 1
Turkish Airlines Miles & Smiles1 to 1Miles & Smiles offers a number of awesome sweet-spot awards including 7.5K one-way anywhere within the US, even to Hawaii. Many awards cannot be booked online but can be booked via phone or email. See: Turkish Miles & Smiles Complete Guide and Turkish business class sweet spots from the US.
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club1 to 1Virgin Atlantic offers a few great sweet spot awards including US to Europe on Delta One business class for 50K points one-way. See: Best uses for Virgin Atlantic points (Sweet Spot Spotlight).
Wyndham1 to 1Wyndham often allows booking multi-room suites for the same price as a standard room. It's sometimes possible to get great value from points in that way. Bonus: award nights are not subject to resort fees. Additionally, you can book Vacasa vacation rentals for only 15K points per room per night. Wyndham Earner cards offer automatic 10% discount on award stays.

Related Cards

Capital One Consumer Cards

Card Offer and Details
20K miles ⓘ Affiliate
Earn 20,000 bonus miles once you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening. (Rates & Fees)
No Annual Fee
FM Mini Review: Decent welcome bonus for a card with no annual fee, but other cards offer better rewards for ongoing spend. Click here for our complete card review
Earning rate: 1.25X miles everywhere ✦ 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel
Base: 1.25X (1.81%)
Other: 5X (7.25%)
Card Info: Mastercard issued by CapOne. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ✦ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points
75K Miles + up to $200 in statement credits ⓘ Non-Affiliate
Earn 75,000 bonus miles after $4K spend in 3 months + up to $200 in statement credits when you make an Avelo purchase in your first year + priority boarding on Avelo flights for the first year. (Rates & Fees)
$95 Annual Fee
Alternate Offer: Airport Kiosk offer of 80K miles after $4K spend in the first 3 months See this post for details.
Information about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.
FM Mini Review: This card earns 2 "miles" per dollar, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). One big advantage over cash back: Capital One allows transfering their "miles" to airline miles & hotel points. Click here for our complete card review
Earning rate: 2X miles everywhere ✦ 5X miles on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel
Base: 2X (2.9%)
Other: 5X (7.25%)
Card Info: Mastercard issued by CapOne. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: Receive up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® ✦ Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ✦ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points ✦ No foreign transaction fees
75K Miles ⓘ Affiliate
75k miles after $4k spend within first 3 months. (Rates & Fees)
$395 Annual Fee
Recent better offer: Expired 3/14/22: 100K after $10K spend in 6 months + $200 credit for vacation rental spend in first year
FM Mini Review: This card offers annual rebates that easily mitigate the fee for those who travel often. Authorized users are free and also get access to perks like Priority Pass, Capital One Lounges, Plaza Premium lounges, and more. The card earns 2 "miles" per dollar on most purchases just like the Capital One Venture Rewards card, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on most spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). One huge advantage over cash back: Capital One allows transfering their "miles" to airline miles & hotel points. Click here for our complete card review
Earning rate: 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel ✦ 5x miles on flights booked via Capital One travel. ✦ 2X miles everywhere else.
Base: 2X (2.9%)
Other: 10X (14.5%)
Card Info: Visa Infinite issued by CapOne. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: $300 annual credit for bookings made through Capital One Travel ✦ 10,000 bonus miles each year starting at first anniversary ✦ Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® ✦ Capital One Lounge access ✦ Priority Pass membership w/ unlimited guests (lounges only) ✦ Plaza Premium lounge access ✦ Cell phone insurance ✦ Trip insurance ✦ Primary CDW coverage ✦ Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ✦ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points

Capital One Business Cards

Card Offer and Details
50K Miles ⓘ Affiliate
Earn a one-time 50K miles bonus when you spend $4,500 in the first 3 months. (Rates & Fees)
$0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
FM Mini Review: This card is similar to the Spark Cash Plus card, but it has the advantage that "miles" earned with this card can be transferred to a large number of airline & hotel programs.
Earning rate: 2X Miles everywhere ✦ Earn 5X miles on hotel and rental car
bookings through Capital One Travel
Base: 2X (2.9%)
Card Info: Mastercard issued by CapOne. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ✦ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points ✦ No foreign transaction fees ✦ Up to $100 fee credit for TSA Pre✓® application fee or Global Entry application fee
50K after $4,500 spend in 3 months from account opening
No Annual Fee
Information about this card has been collected independently by Frequent Miler. The issuer did not provide the details, nor is it responsible for their accuracy.
FM Mini Review: This card is similar to the Spark Cash Select for Business, but rewards are intended to be used to offset travel purchases. This is a good option for business owners who prefer simple rewards with no annual fee, and who value free travel over cash back. If you spend more than $19K per year, though, go for the 2X Spark Miles card.
Earning rate: 1.5X miles everywhere ✦ Earn 5X miles on hotel and rental car bookings through Capital One Travel
Base: 1.5X (2.18%)
Card Info: Mastercard issued by CapOne. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: Redeem miles for travel at value of 1 cent per mile ✦ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points ✦ No foreign transaction fees
150K Miles ⓘ Affiliate
Earn a one-time bonus of 150K miles after $30K spend in the first 3 months
$395 Annual Fee
Recent better offer: Expired 3/31/23: 250K Miles after $50K in spend.
FM Mini Review: Similar to the Venture X consumer card, the business version offers annual rebates that easily mitigate the fee for those who travel often and could be worth it for the lounge access and travel protections given the cost/benefit ratio. Unlike the Venture X, free authorized users do not get Priority Pass access. The card earns 2 "miles" per dollar on most purchases just like the Capital One Venture X Rewards card, which are worth exactly 1 cent each toward travel. This makes the return on most spend similar to a 2% cash back card (though in this case you must redeem your miles to offset travel in order to get 1 cent per mile). One big advantage over cash back: Capital One allows transfering their "miles" to airline miles & hotel points. Click here for our complete card review
Earning rate: 10X miles on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel ✦ 5x on flights booked via Capital One travel. ✦ 2X everywhere else.
Base: 2X (2.9%)
Other: 10X (14.5%)
Card Info: Visa issued by CapOne. This card has no foreign currency conversion fees.
Noteworthy perks: $300 annual credit for bookings made through Capital One Travel ✦ 10,000 bonus miles starting at first anniversary ✦ Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck® ✦ Capital One Lounge Access ✦ Priority Pass w/ unlimited guests ✦ Plaza Premium lounge access ✦ Cell phone insurance ✦ Trip insurance ✦ Primary CDW coverage ✦ Redeem miles for travel at 1 cent per mile ✦ Convert "miles" to airline miles & hotel points
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[…] on each anniversary. And very similar to the personal version with a few differences laid out here: Capital One Venture X Business Current Welcome Offer. ENDS March 11, 2024. Available HERE. In addition, along with it, there is the $150 Annual Fee […]

[…] on each anniversary. And very similar to the personal version with a few differences laid out here: Capital One Venture X Business Current Welcome Offer. ENDS March 11, 2024. Available […]

BOND

Hi Tim, Do you know which Capital One business cards add to 5/24?

Lee

CREDIT cards but not CHARGE cards.

BOND

Do you know why their bus credit cards add to 5/24 and their bus charge cards do not? Can you post a link for more info? The posted DPs are all over the place on this.

Raylan

I have seen speculation that C1 has a 4/24 “guideline” for cards where an “excellent” credit profile is required for approval. Tracks with my own experience and DPs of others with a “biz” trying to get this VX Biz.

Lee

Hmmm. Anything about recent inquiries? Thanks for the data point.

ECR12

I’m at 6/24 (with 2 cards dropping off next month), was just declined for C1 Business card. Had a feeling I’d be declined since their pre-approval tool only had me qualifying for the “rebuilding credit” level cards despite >830 FICO scores… Have Venture X but was declined for regular venture last year. Oh well, no more big C1 bonuses for me.

Baris

I already have a Venture X personal, and a Spark Miles for business (many years now). I don’t want to risk a rejection or a credit pull. If i forego the SUB, can i get a PC from Spark Miles to Venture X Business, any ideas?

Lee

Readers should set their expectations. Simply getting approved for ANY Capital One card can be a challenge. In spite of high income and superb credit, you might find that you have nothing to show for repeated applications but a string of hard pulls.

And, IF you get approved, in spite of this card having no preset spending limit, it DOES have a spending limit. It’s just not “preset.” And, it can very well be that the spending limit Capital One grants you makes it impossible for you to meet the minimum spending requirement for the sign-up bonus.

Webazoid

As data point, I tried to register Capital One Venture X biz at http://www.prioritypass.com/capitalone but it didn’t work. After multiple calls, a rep told me to try https://www.accountfeatures.com/capitalonebusiness/ and it worked. Not sure why there is a random website to use. I couldn’t find link anywhere on portal or online.

Christian

Is the $500 trip delay insurance per person or for the entire covered group?