New: Capital One Venture Card TSA Pre-Check/Global Entry Credit

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The Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card is one of the popular travel rewards credit cards, and today a new benefit was announced for the card.

Why people like the Capital One Venture Card

The Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card is popular because it has a simple and generous rewards structure. The card has a $95 annual fee that’s waived for the first year, and offers a welcome bonus of 50,000 miles after spending $3,000 within the first three months.

The card offers double miles on all spend, and each mile can be redeemed for one cent towards the cost of a travel purchase (either directly, or in the form of a statement credit). This means that the card offers the equivalent of a 2% return that can be redeemed towards travel purchases, and a welcome bonus that will get you $500 worth of travel. That’s a pretty well rounded card.

Capital One Venture Card now offers Global Entry/TSA Pre-Check credit

Lately we’ve seen some premium travel rewards cards make some cuts, though Capital One is going the opposite direction.

As of tomorrow, June 12, 2018, the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card will offer a Global Entry or TSA Pre-Check credit once every four years. Just charge the $85-100 membership fee to your Capital One Venture Card, and it will automatically be reimbursed. It doesn’t matter who the fee is being paid for, as long as you charge it to your eligible card.

Admittedly this is a benefit offered on many premium credit cards, though it’s a nice addition nonetheless.

Why you should register for Global Entry over TSA Pre-Check

If you are going to take advantage of this perk, I’d highly recommend registering for Global Entry over TSA Pre-Check. For those of you not familiar, TSA Pre-Check gets you expedited US security screening, while Global Entry gets you expedited US immigration clearance.

So why should you register for Global Entry and not Pre-Check? Because Global Entry also comes with TSA Pre-Check, while the inverse isn’t true (signing up for TSA Pre-Check doesn’t get you Global Entry).

I registered for Global Entry for the first time in mid-2011, and wrote about my experience at the time. Global Entry is valid for five years, and I renewed my membership in 2016.

Bottom line

It’s great to see the Capital One continue to add benefits to the Venture Rewards Card, while other issuers are largely cutting back. For many of us this benefit will be redundant, as I have more of these credits than I know what to do with. At the same time, it’s always nice to see benefits added to a card.

This is the second major benefit added to this card in 2018. Earlier this year the card started awarding 10x miles for hotels.com spend, when making your booking through hotels.com/venture.

The Venture Card continues to be a well rounded option for anyone who values cashback towards travel. The card has a big welcome bonus, a solid return on spend, and good perks.

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Comments

  1. Being in Michigan, I always opt for Nexus instead of either Precheck or GE, since it gets you all three. Is there a card that covers Nexus?

  2. The fact that all these cheaper cards are adding the feature makes me think theres some federal incentive to get people to sign up.

  3. The incentive is that it reduces costs for TSA. TSA had very large projections as to how many people would take up PreCheck and staffed based on those predictions. The uptake however was nowhere near that and they were off by quite a bit (If I remember correctly by millions of potential PreCheck members). Same with Global Entry; the presumption was that secure traveler programs would spread like wildfire, but that hasn’t necessarily panned out fully.

  4. But even with this, the Venture card isn’t attractive after the first year. Why pay an annual fee for a 2% card with redemption restrictions, when there are several free 2% unrestricted cards.

  5. Now we just need a card to offer a CLEAR membership. I’m hoping the AmEx Delta Reserve adds this to their list of benefits as Delta and CLEAR keep expanding their relationship.

  6. “TSA Pre-Check gets you expedited US security screening, while Global Entry gets you expedited US immigration clearance.”

    Am I the only one confused with the payment scheme in USA? Is TSA is funded by government’s tax revenue? But the government pays for very few TSA (or immigration) agents, so we have huge lines. As a consequence, the TSA/government is selling memberships for “exclusive” skip-the-line club. So government taxes you and then asks for extra payment when the tax revenue is not spent where the mouth was? Why is this so complicated?

  7. I may have missed it, but UA’s Explorer card is offering this as well now and I’m surprised I haven’t seen a post about that.

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