How The Capital One Venture X Priority Pass Membership Works

How The Capital One Venture X Priority Pass Membership Works

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One of the most popular perks of premium credit cards is airport lounge access. That’s an area where the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card shines, as it offers the most lucrative path to a Priority Pass membership of any premium credit card, in my opinion.

That’s only one of the many great perks of the card, as it also offers a great welcome bonus, $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, access to Capital One Lounges, access to Plaza Premium Lounges, Hertz President’s Circle elite status, primary rental car coverage, cell phone protection, unrivaled authorized user perks, and more. 

I applied for this card and was instantly approved, and I know many OMAAT readers are in the same boat.

There have been a lot of questions about how the Priority Pass membership on the Capital One Venture X works, so I wanted to provide an updated look at that.

How the Capital One Venture X Priority Pass perk works

The Capital One Venture X offers a Priority Pass membership for the primary cardmember and authorized users, providing access to airport lounges around the world. Cardmembers can access lounges an unlimited number of times, and can bring up to two guests with them with each visit. This is offered as part of the card’s Visa Infinite benefits.

Let’s go over the details of the Priority Pass membership in a bit more detail…

What is Priority Pass?

Priority Pass is the world’s largest network of independent airport lounges, with 1,300+ lounges around the world. Priority Pass as such doesn’t operate lounges, but rather it’s a program that pays third party lounges to admit its members. While you can buy a Priority Pass membership directly, this is also offered as a perk on many premium credit cards.

The Turkish Airlines Lounge Miami belongs to Priority Pass

How do you sign-up for your Priority Pass membership?

Capital One states that you’ll be eligible to enroll in Priority Pass about one week after you’re approved for the Capital One Venture X. However, based on my experience, it’s faster than that — I received my credit card in the mail two days after being approved, and was immediately able to register for my Priority Pass membership.

Cardmembers can enroll at prioritypass.com/capitalone. At the link you’ll have to enter your 16-digit Capital One Venture X card number.

You’ll then have to go through the enrollment process, which starts by selecting your country of residence.

The next page will confirm that the Priority Pass membership won’t cost you anything.

You’ll then have to go through the process of registering your account, which includes five different pages. You’ll have to share some personal details, including your billing and mailing address, and your card number (the card won’t be charged, but rather this is just to verify that you’re supposed to get a complimentary membership).

After enrollment, cardholders get instant access to their digital Priority Pass card, and will then be mailed a physical card.

In my case it took about two weeks for my physical card to arrive in the mail. For what it’s worth, my Priority Pass card number has 11 digits, and at least my card number starts with “104.”

The Priority Pass card from the Venture X

I mention this because people with multiple Priority Pass cards can often get confused about which card was issued with which credit card, so this can be worth knowing in terms of guesting privileges, accessing Priority Pass restaurants, etc.

What’s fantastic is that you can now even use your Capital One Venture X directly to access Priority Pass locations — it’s my understanding that this is the only card that offers this perk, as an alternative to a physical Priority Pass card or digital membership.

Do authorized users get a Priority Pass membership?

You can add up to four authorized users to the Capital One Venture X at no extra cost, and they each receive a Priority Pass membership as well. That’s a phenomenal feature, since there aren’t many cards that offer Priority Pass memberships for authorized users at no cost.

The Alaska Lounge JFK belongs to Priority Pass

Which lounges can you visit with Priority Pass?

You can check Priority Pass’ website or mobile app to see which lounges you can access. It’s usually easiest to search by airport. When you check out the page for a particular lounge, make sure you review the entry restrictions. For example, some lounges only admit Priority Pass members certain times of the day, some have limits on how long you can stay in the lounge, etc.

How often can you access lounges?

The Priority Pass membership offered through the Capital One Venture X offers unlimited lounge visits. Not only can you visit multiple lounges at a particular airport, but can you visit lounges as many days as you’d like. As long as you’re traveling the same day, there are no limits on how often you can access airport lounges.

Access unlimited lounges with Priority Pass

How many guests can you bring into lounges?

The Priority Pass membership issued with the Capital One Venture X allows you to take up to two guests with you into lounges on a complimentary basis. The guests must be accompanying you, so they may have to present their same day boarding pass. But yes, you can take two guests with you (for a total of three people) into Priority Pass lounges an unlimited number of times.

In some cases lounges may have capacity limits and might not allow two guests, so you’ll want to consult Priority Pass’ website for all the details.

Can you get credits at Priority Pass restaurants?

Nowadays there are plenty of Priority Pass restaurants. With this, Priority Pass has partnered with select airport restaurants, where cardmembers can receive a credit toward food & drinks in lieu of access to a lounge.

Priority Pass memberships issued through Capital One are eligible for credits at Priority Pass restaurants. This puts the card’s policy in line with the policy of the Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card (review), and makes it a better policy than what you’ll find with The Platinum Card® from American Express (review), which doesn’t offer credits at these restaurants.

When you arrive at an eligible Priority Pass restaurant, just inform the host or server that you’re a Priority Pass member, and they’ll advise you of the process (sometimes your card is swiped at the start of the meal, while other times it’s swiped at the end of the meal).

Dine at Priority Pass restaurants with the Venture X

Can you access Capital One Lounges with Priority Pass?

There are new Capital One Lounges that are opening at select airports (the first lounge opened at DFW — read my review here). These can be accessed by those with the Capital One Venture X, though you’d access them directly with your credit card, rather than with your Priority Pass membership.

The Priority Pass membership as such doesn’t get you access to Capital One Lounges (after all, others get a Priority Pass membership through something other than a Capital One credit card).

Access Capital One Lounges with the Venture X

So you don’t have to pay to visit Priority Pass lounges?!

I’ve had a couple of people point out that Priority Pass’ website lists membership costs that range from $99 to $429 annually. Indeed, that’s the cost of a membership if you bought it directly from Priority Pass, but you’re getting that membership included with your credit card.

Priority Pass has two revenue streams — it sells memberships directly to consumers, and sells memberships to credit card companies, which offer them as perks to cardmembers. The Priority Pass membership you get through your Capital One Venture X won’t cost you anything extra. It won’t cost you extra to get the membership, and it won’t cost you extra to actually visit lounges.

For what it’s worth, the membership you’re getting with the Capital One Venture X is closest to the $429 “Prestige” membership, in terms of the perks being offered. Yep, that’s pretty incredible, because that’s higher than the annual fee on the Venture X.

Why the Capital One Venture X is the best card for Priority Pass

There are several premium credit cards that offer Priority Pass memberships, but I’d argue that no card is more rewarding in that way than the Capital One Venture X:

  • The Venture X has among the lowest annual fees ($395) of any card offering a Priority Pass membership
  • Not only that, but a vast majority of cardmembers should be able to recoup most or all of the annual fee from the $300 annual travel credit and 10,000 anniversary bonus miles every year (personally I think those two perks alone are worth more than the annual fee)
  • On top of that, you can add up to four authorized users to the Venture X, and they each get a Priority Pass membership at no additional cost, with identical privileges

There’s not another credit card that’s this lucrative that offers a Priority Pass membership, including for authorized users. This card is in a league of its own for people looking for Priority Pass memberships not only for themselves, but also for friends and family.

The Venture X has an unrivaled value proposition for Priority Pass

Bottom line

The Capital One Venture X offers lots of awesome perks. Many people will appreciate the Priority Pass membership issued by the card. This offers access to 1,300+ lounges around the world, with unlimited visits, and the ability to take two guests with you. Credits at Priority Pass restaurants are also included with this benefit.

I’d argue that this is the all around most lucrative credit card out there for getting a Priority Pass membership, in terms of the card’s annual fee, how much of that you an recoup with ongoing perks, and the ability to get Priority Pass memberships for your (free) authorized users as well.

What do you make of the Capital One Venture X’s Priority Pass perk?

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  1. MrChu Guest

    Apparently CapOne hasn’t been performing very well for me as an additional cardholder. I can’t seem to sign up for the priority pass as it doesn’t recognize the card. And my daughter who is the primary card holder couldn’t transfer her miles to me either using my additional card number or my primary Venture card. The excuse given was the system is down. Right now they have struck out twice. One more strike out and...

    Apparently CapOne hasn’t been performing very well for me as an additional cardholder. I can’t seem to sign up for the priority pass as it doesn’t recognize the card. And my daughter who is the primary card holder couldn’t transfer her miles to me either using my additional card number or my primary Venture card. The excuse given was the system is down. Right now they have struck out twice. One more strike out and we are ditching them. Benefits are only as good as being able to use them rather than as advertised!

  2. Heather Darger Guest

    I really appreciate this post breaking down the value verses the annual fee which was how I found you. Thank you for answering my questions . For us as a family it just makes sence .

  3. Phil Guest

    If I add 4 Authorized Users to my card do they all receive their own PP card? So 4 couples could use that benefit in 4 different PP lounges or restaurants?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Phil -- Yep, that's correct! :-)

  4. MikeyInOregon Guest

    I just got my Venture X card and thank you for the post otherwise I would not have known to register the card first with Priority Pass. There's a bunch of materials that came with the card and I hate reading those boiler plate disclosures. I hesitated for a while to get this card but the annual fee is justified, I spend at least $300 on air travel annually and the 10K anniversary bonus miles...

    I just got my Venture X card and thank you for the post otherwise I would not have known to register the card first with Priority Pass. There's a bunch of materials that came with the card and I hate reading those boiler plate disclosures. I hesitated for a while to get this card but the annual fee is justified, I spend at least $300 on air travel annually and the 10K anniversary bonus miles just seals the deal for me. If nothing else, just the Priority Pass benefit alone is worth getting this card.

  5. Kevin Guest

    I appreciate all the info you provided on this card. It was what prompted me to apply. I was approved in a matter of seconds and received my cards in a couple of days. Still trying to understand all the perks, it's my 1st capital one card and I have to say it has the easiest app to navigate for me. I tend to keep cards for many years, so finding the best one with the best perks is important to me.
    Appreciate you.

  6. Sunil Guest

    So... based on your rec, I signed up for the Cap One Venture X card and got it in the mail 2 days ago. There is a issue with the Priority Pass membership. No where in the Priority Pass "Select" membership literature or the Venture X terms and conditions (on paper, not web) does it clearly state 2 guests are allowed. The literature says refer to PP website, the PP website says "check each lounge...

    So... based on your rec, I signed up for the Cap One Venture X card and got it in the mail 2 days ago. There is a issue with the Priority Pass membership. No where in the Priority Pass "Select" membership literature or the Venture X terms and conditions (on paper, not web) does it clearly state 2 guests are allowed. The literature says refer to PP website, the PP website says "check each lounge page" for guest limits. I have looked up a dozen lounges and none of them say anything about guests and limits on guests. I'd hate to invite a guest and then get charged after the fact.
    Any advice on how to avoid a surprise charge?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Sunil -- The Venture X Priority Pass membership lets you bring two guests into lounges. Some lounges may have limits on guests. However, if there are limits, you'd know when you enter, rather than being charged after the fact. You shouldn't ever be charged for bringing two guests into the lounge, assuming the lounge is letting you bring guests in.

  7. Gene Guest

    any idea if ALL restaurants, which participate in PP allow account holder + 2 guests (3 people total)?
    Or do some PP restaurants allow only 1 guest (2 people total)?
    thanks!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Gene -- I don't know of any Priority Pass restaurant that has a limit of under two guests.

  8. Dora Guest

    I was actually searching exactly for an article that pointed out which premium card offered which priority pass benefits. I didn't see it as a 'hawk.' You are clearly very enthusiastic about this card's perks. Not sketchy to share that!

  9. Cheryl Guest

    I thank you very much for the details that you provide about the Priority Pass membership that comes with the Capital One Venture X card and the other benefits of the card itself.
    I find them very helpful, especially for a first timer. Keep up your great stream of information please!

  10. Michele Guest

    Hey! Just wanted to chime in and say I am one of those newbies who have never had Priority Pass and recently got the Venture X. I am new to higher fee travel CC's and this post was extremely helpful to me in understanding that I don't have to pay a fee to visit a lounge and that essentially it's like having the $429 level of Priority Pass membership! Suddently I feel a lot better...

    Hey! Just wanted to chime in and say I am one of those newbies who have never had Priority Pass and recently got the Venture X. I am new to higher fee travel CC's and this post was extremely helpful to me in understanding that I don't have to pay a fee to visit a lounge and that essentially it's like having the $429 level of Priority Pass membership! Suddently I feel a lot better about the Venture X annual fee. I leave in a week for a 2 week tour of 3 countries in Europe and it's one less point of confusion and one more point of excitement to know I have this benefit for my 11 hour layover in Boston. So thanks very much for spelling it out, I am grateful for it.

  11. Mike Guest

    Hello - Are you allowed to bring 2 guests to priority pass restaurants for free with capital venture x? Thx

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Mike -- Yep, you sure can!

    2. Dora Guest

      Wait...does each of the 2 guests get a food credit as well? Or does the credit max out at 2 people total (including the actual cardholder?)

  12. Drew Guest

    Contrary to what others have said this post was very helpful to my wife and me and I felt the entire thing was valuable. We have never had a travel card and are planning a trip overseas. We were even having trouble finding how to sign up until we found your post, and then learned much more about the program from you than was available on the Capital One site. Thank you!

    1. Tlogan Guest

      I felt the same. I just got the Venture X and was searching for something better than the details on Capital One. I made it through the registration before finding this but it would have been quicker had I found this first. Also, I wasn't 100% clear on the number of guests and didn't know that PP membership was extended to AUs! Thanks for the article for newbies like me, first time having lounge access or premium card!

  13. Simon Guest

    Site down? I enter the 16 digit Capital One Venture X number, solve the captcha, and then am taken to https://prioritypass.com/en/join-b2b without any further screens like in this post to enter my info. Tried with Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and iOS Safari...

  14. David Guest

    Thanks for the reminder to register for the priority pass, especially for my authorized user. I'd forgotten to do that.

    -David

  15. Helen S Guest

    Timely information. I appreciate the reminders about the card. Applied last week, using your link. Approved. Was wondering how to set up Priority Pass when I receive the card.

  16. Brodie Guest

    I have three priority passes and my Capitol 1 pass also starts with the same three digits, and it also is the only one that expires in a year.

  17. Jim Guest

    Any reason to sign up for the Venture X PP if I already have it with my Chase Ritz card?

  18. Jakob Guest

    Just got approved and got my card. First time having a priority pass and I’m flying through pdx soon. I apologize for the stupidest question ever.

    So They have restaurants, do I just go up and order and then give them priority pass card to pay. Or do I lead with the “oh I have a priority pass card” like what it the process for actually using the card. I have card in hand so I’m not worried about signing up for it. Just actually using it

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jakob -- Congrats on getting approved! That's not a stupid question at all. When you get to a Priority Pass restaurant, just tell the host or server that you have Priority Pass. At some restaurants they'll scan your card before the meal, while at other restaurants they'll scan your card after the meal. But I always recommend letting them know in advance.

      Hope that answers your question, and let me know if there's anything else I can clear up.

  19. Paul rose Guest

    How do you get restaurant credit? Do you just show the pass at participating places within the airport? Are they abundant?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Paul rose -- You can find a full list of the Priority Pass restaurants here, and also on the Priority Pass website:
      https://onemileatatime.com/guides/priority-pass-restaurants/

      For eligible restaurants they just swipe your card, and then you get a certain credit to use towards food & drinks.

  20. Gene Guest

    Would I be able to access a lounge with ONLY my digital Priority Pass card/QR code?
    I don't have the Cap1 credit card with me.
    Thanks!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Gene -- Most lounges accept the digital Priority Pass card. Keep in mind the Capital One Venture X card as such doesn't get you into Priority Pass lounges, it just allows you to sign-up for a Priority Pass membership at no additional cost, and then you'll still need that card (either physical or virtual).

  21. Wosk Bernard Guest

    Thanks for the excellent review of Capital One Venture X rewards card, I appreciate the detailed information you gave about the Priority Pass perks.

  22. Mark Guest

    Can you help me find the answer for this?

    So if I have 3 kids, will they have free entry if I have the main card(and get 2 complimentary guests) and then my wife has an authorized user card(then can cover the other child with one of her complimentary asses) will that work?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Mark -- Yep, that'll work! :-)

  23. Djr03 Guest

    I hardly ever comment, but read several articles a week and review the daily emails daily for articles I may be interested in. My wife and I have a combined three priority passes already but still read this article as a refresher and to see what’s new and different or to refresh my memory on different cards.

    I’m not sure why so many are so negative on this - read the headline for three...

    I hardly ever comment, but read several articles a week and review the daily emails daily for articles I may be interested in. My wife and I have a combined three priority passes already but still read this article as a refresher and to see what’s new and different or to refresh my memory on different cards.

    I’m not sure why so many are so negative on this - read the headline for three seconds and keep scrolling if it’s of no interest to you. You spent a lot more time leaving a negative comment than that!

    In short - thanks Ben for continuing to put out great and comprehensible content that is relevant to readers this week!

  24. Mubi Guest

    Regarding number of guests, I visited KLM lounge at IAD with 3 guests and I dont see any charge on my card. Recent visits on PP app also shows number of people 4 and total cost 0.00. so that mean with Venture X PP you can take 3 (might be more) guests for free. Thanks

  25. Cheryl Locke Guest

    Hey, I just applied for and received the x card. I have never gone with a premium card before, due to the cost, but the value is definitely there. I appreciate the information. Thanks.

  26. Pel Guest

    I saw the negative reviews, so just wanted to say that this post was actually very helpful for me

  27. Kami Guest

    Once you get your Venture X card, to enroll in Priority Pass: www.prioritypass.com/capital one. Easy to sign up and you can also get an instant digital copy.

  28. Grace Thomas Guest

    The priority pass expires in a year. Do you know it renews every year

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Grace Thomas -- Yep, it you keep the card, you can receive it for as long as you have the card.

  29. Mark A Goecke Guest

    Hi Ben,
    How do you get Priority Pass membership details for your Authorized Users? I tried registering their Venture X card numbers with PP, but that did not work.

    1. Kami Guest

      I just registered my auth user and you have to use their actual credit card #

    2. Anik New Member

      Same issue as Mark above, I registered my card successfully, but AU's card registration doesn't seem to work.

    3. Anik New Member

      Or do the AUs need to be Account Managers to get PP access?

    4. Jon Guest

      Same issue for me. No problem registering the primary account holder for PP but the AU's card number is not recognized on the first registration page.

    5. John Guest

      I'm having the exact same issue and couldnt find guidance anywhere on how to add AU to the priority pass

    6. KK Guest

      I also have similar issue but couldn’t register both primary or AU. Maybe it takes a few days for PP to have my numbers in their database. I applied 3 days ago and got the card yesterday.

  30. Susan Guest

    Ben,

    Thank you for your all of your post. I had just heard about the Capital one Venture X card and found your site. I am trying to learn the ins and outs of the card and find all your blogs helpful. Having several post about a specific item is easier then reading a summary everything. For me the priority pass was the thing I wanted the most. I did get the card and...

    Ben,

    Thank you for your all of your post. I had just heard about the Capital one Venture X card and found your site. I am trying to learn the ins and outs of the card and find all your blogs helpful. Having several post about a specific item is easier then reading a summary everything. For me the priority pass was the thing I wanted the most. I did get the card and after I learned about the priority pass and authorized users, I added my kids to my account. We will hopefully be able to all use them next month on our trip, plus I will book our overnight hotel via the portal and get my $300 credit, so this will more then pay for the card. I look forward to learning about other perks.

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Susan -- Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it, and am glad this was helpful!

  31. PNWrainyguy Guest

    Thank you Ben for posting this article. I myself was questioned if the CO X Priority Pass will have the restaurant benefits as CSR does before I make my decision and I found my answer here, as well as how to register for the membership when I get the credit card, very informative. I also love the article about how to enroll for Hertz President's status. You are awesome and did all the homeworks for...

    Thank you Ben for posting this article. I myself was questioned if the CO X Priority Pass will have the restaurant benefits as CSR does before I make my decision and I found my answer here, as well as how to register for the membership when I get the credit card, very informative. I also love the article about how to enroll for Hertz President's status. You are awesome and did all the homeworks for me. Thank you and yes, I used your link and got approved for the CO X.

    P.S. I love to read your blog and visit very often. You can not make everyone happy, just ignore em....HATERS ALWAYS GONNA HATE!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ PNWrainyguy -- Thanks so much for the support, and the kind words, I appreciate it! Enjoy the card, and I hope you get lots of value out of the perks!

  32. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

    I just updated this post reflect the process of registering for the Priority Pass membership, now that I have my card. Hopefully that's helpful.

  33. John Guest

    I actually like all these Capital One posts. I’m considering it and appreciate reading about all aspects in details.

    If not interesting just don’t open the article.

  34. Mike Guest

    Does CO checks credit for additional users?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Mike -- While being an authorized user will likely show on their credit report, I don't believe there's a credit check as such, in the sense that the authorized user shouldn't be denied if their credit isn't great. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

  35. Hobbs Guest

    Here’s how it will work: Wait time approximately 1.5 hours.

  36. bD Guest

    How does it work if you already have a priority pass membership through the Amex platinum? Will the linking of my card to priority pass allow me to get restaurant credits? Thanks!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ bD -- You can have multiple Priority Pass memberships through multiple credit cards. The one issued through Capital One will get you Priority Pass restaurant credits.

    2. Ernesto Guest

      You mentioned the PP numbers are different for different CC issuers. I already have one with the CSR card. I am about to drop the CSR at time of renewal in a couple of months. I have both Amex Plat and CO Venture X. Will I need to create a different PP login account for a second (or third) PP card through Amex Platinum and/or CO? May forgo the Amex Plat PP membership given the...

      You mentioned the PP numbers are different for different CC issuers. I already have one with the CSR card. I am about to drop the CSR at time of renewal in a couple of months. I have both Amex Plat and CO Venture X. Will I need to create a different PP login account for a second (or third) PP card through Amex Platinum and/or CO? May forgo the Amex Plat PP membership given the aforementioned lack of PP restaurant access. No sense in getting confused with which card (or app login credentials) to show at PP lounges/restaurants.

  37. Jan Guest

    Normally I really don’t care much for CC shilling but Venture X is clearly the biggest deal in the travel card world since CSR showed up 5 years ago. In this case I don’t mind the extended exposure it’s been getting… I am excited to read about what Cap1 has in store for the next few years.

  38. Doug Guest

    Per the Capitol One Twitter team - once your card arrives, go to http://prioritypass.com/capitalone and enter your card number to sign up for your Priority Pass Membership.

  39. CJH Guest

    I appreciate the extensive Priority Pass membership review. I will buy my way into the Capital One lounge next time I am at DFW.

  40. zeer0 New Member

    I agree, this is how you lose subscribers. I am a long-time reader of the blog but the quality of content has gone down over the past year. I have no issues with you making $ from cc signups, but this endless stream of Cap1 posts is over-the-top, combined with the constant re-posting of other cc posts from months ago.

  41. Ethan Guest

    I enjoyed reading this and found it very informative! I was approved for the card and appreciate learning about all of the benefits, (especially since I've never used priority pass).

  42. Udo Guest

    This is truly terrible, I appreciate you have to make this blog generate money, but this flood of Capital One credit card promos combined with those irritating pop ups (will they block half my screen real estate tomorrow?). I will call a break on checking content out on this site.

  43. pstm91 Diamond

    Ben, did Capital One give you a quota to hit in terms of the number of blogs about the card with this sponsorship? It's a bit ridiculous now; 5 of the last 10 (which is the entire front page to "Load More") are dedicated to this card. I have been reading a very long time, but this is the "worst" (for lack of a better phrase) I've ever seen hawk a single product. I don't...

    Ben, did Capital One give you a quota to hit in terms of the number of blogs about the card with this sponsorship? It's a bit ridiculous now; 5 of the last 10 (which is the entire front page to "Load More") are dedicated to this card. I have been reading a very long time, but this is the "worst" (for lack of a better phrase) I've ever seen hawk a single product. I don't think the priority pass membership warranted an entire blog... I only mention this because I think you are doing yourself a disservice. Passionate readers are passionate readers because of the reputation you have built and you've largely steered away from this kind of thing (meaning obvious sponsorship). But between these excessive blogs and the ludicrous "Capital One" screenbackground, it's turning people off (just check out FT over this past week).

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Or you could donate some $$$$$ to the OMAAT team.
      Do you even know how much the pandemic has affected travel blogs? Did you even use his link to apply for this card?
      He has always taken obvious sponsorship, but at least he does a very good job in disclosing them. He was and have been pushing the few banks for years. Some cards hardly get any attention from here for that reason....

      Or you could donate some $$$$$ to the OMAAT team.
      Do you even know how much the pandemic has affected travel blogs? Did you even use his link to apply for this card?
      He has always taken obvious sponsorship, but at least he does a very good job in disclosing them. He was and have been pushing the few banks for years. Some cards hardly get any attention from here for that reason. If you think he just recently do this, you are mistaken. I have and still admire the transparency here. But I also don't read every post entirely either. I'm ok with pushing exclusive products. But if the products are clearly inferior and OMAAT is trying to spin it as positive, that's when I think this blog has crossed their ethical line. (A little close call on Cardless if it wasn't for the strong bonus IMHO)

      On the positive side, I have to admire the branch out skills. I find it really amusing how many articles one can spin out of a single card. And we're not even done with Priority Pass yet, LOL. Lounge rankings next? Then he probably will write one post for each benefit. He said it earlier, this is week long promo. At his normal daily rate, you probably will see at least 15 more posts about this card. Next up, cards with cell phone protection. Followed by, cards with no foreign transaction fee. Then something about VISA Infinite cards.

    2. Bryan Guest

      This is what's hot, and this is what I want to read about, and I'm sure I'm not alone. This is a great time to push out related information, so it's to be expected for a week or so.

    3. Mark Guest

      I respect your opinion but I want to thank Ben for the in-depth info, especially on how the Priority Pass works. Yes, I’ve read about it before, but never thought the expensive card fees were worth it, based on the lukewarm remarks about PP from many comments on this blog. Now that this card seems almost risk-free with the travel credits, Global Entry, and bonus miles, I’m kind of excited to go for it (and...

      I respect your opinion but I want to thank Ben for the in-depth info, especially on how the Priority Pass works. Yes, I’ve read about it before, but never thought the expensive card fees were worth it, based on the lukewarm remarks about PP from many comments on this blog. Now that this card seems almost risk-free with the travel credits, Global Entry, and bonus miles, I’m kind of excited to go for it (and yes, I was approved with $30K credit and I always pay my monthly bill in full). So I appreciate the renewed and complete information about Priority Pass, now that I’ll actually be using it.

      And by the way, even though I read this blog often, I have no idea what “FT” means. We don’t all have the same familiarity with every travel blog that you do.

    4. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ pstm91 -- I hear you, I appreciate you reading, and I recognize that not everyone may enjoy this content. Let me at least try to clarify a couple of points.

      First of all, there's no quota of posts here. Capital One sponsoring the site (what you see with the background) is unrelated to what I choose to write about. There's no requirement to write any number of posts, but rather I'm writing so much...

      @ pstm91 -- I hear you, I appreciate you reading, and I recognize that not everyone may enjoy this content. Let me at least try to clarify a couple of points.

      First of all, there's no quota of posts here. Capital One sponsoring the site (what you see with the background) is unrelated to what I choose to write about. There's no requirement to write any number of posts, but rather I'm writing so much about the card because I think it's genuinely an awesome card, and because people have a lot of questions.

      Am I writing a disproportionate amount of content about this card right now? Yes, I absolutely am, you're right, and I'm sorry to those who don't find it interesting. However, I'm sure you can appreciate that this is the biggest story in the miles & points world this week, and it's also arguably the most exciting card launch since the Chase Sapphire Reserve.

      People have a lot of questions -- I'm not manufacturing content here, but I'm genuinely trying to answer the questions people have. Just take a look at the previous posts I wrote about the card, and how many questions people had about Priority Pass.

      So please bear with me as I try to write a bit more content that addresses the questions people had. I promise stuff will return to normal shortly.

    5. pstm91 Diamond

      Ben, as always I appreciate the response. I guess I could see a lot of these topics being consolidated into a single blog or two, but I can appreciate how you spell everything out. After all, that's what drew me to your site way back when.

      I will agree with you that it's big news. I think what's really thrown me (and others) for a loop was the sponsored background, which makes it seem like there's more at play here. Thank you for always being transparent.

    6. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ pstm91 -- I appreciate your understanding, and certainly recognize how the background combined with the content can come across (though I promise the two are unrelated).

      And you're right, in general it's a challenge to figure out how to hash out content. Each of these posts about specific benefits is 1,000+ words, which is already a lot more than most people want to read. So if I put everything in a single post, I...

      @ pstm91 -- I appreciate your understanding, and certainly recognize how the background combined with the content can come across (though I promise the two are unrelated).

      And you're right, in general it's a challenge to figure out how to hash out content. Each of these posts about specific benefits is 1,000+ words, which is already a lot more than most people want to read. So if I put everything in a single post, I can't imagine how many words it would be, and there probably wouldn't be much interest.

      I also recognize that a lot of regular readers or people who have been in the hobby for a long time know exactly how Priority Pass works, and don't need it spelled out in such great detail. But then there are others who don't know.

      Again, I appreciate you reading, and your patience. I promise stuff will be back to normal shortly. Frankly it's a pretty slow news week otherwise in the travel space, so I'm not sure there's all that much more that's super interesting and current to write about.

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pstm91 Diamond

Ben, did Capital One give you a quota to hit in terms of the number of blogs about the card with this sponsorship? It's a bit ridiculous now; 5 of the last 10 (which is the entire front page to "Load More") are dedicated to this card. I have been reading a very long time, but this is the "worst" (for lack of a better phrase) I've ever seen hawk a single product. I don't think the priority pass membership warranted an entire blog... I only mention this because I think you are doing yourself a disservice. Passionate readers are passionate readers because of the reputation you have built and you've largely steered away from this kind of thing (meaning obvious sponsorship). But between these excessive blogs and the ludicrous "Capital One" screenbackground, it's turning people off (just check out FT over this past week).

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ pstm91 -- I appreciate your understanding, and certainly recognize how the background combined with the content can come across (though I promise the two are unrelated). And you're right, in general it's a challenge to figure out how to hash out content. Each of these posts about specific benefits is 1,000+ words, which is already a lot more than most people want to read. So if I put everything in a single post, I can't imagine how many words it would be, and there probably wouldn't be much interest. I also recognize that a lot of regular readers or people who have been in the hobby for a long time know exactly how Priority Pass works, and don't need it spelled out in such great detail. But then there are others who don't know. Again, I appreciate you reading, and your patience. I promise stuff will be back to normal shortly. Frankly it's a pretty slow news week otherwise in the travel space, so I'm not sure there's all that much more that's super interesting and current to write about.

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Jan Guest

Normally I really don’t care much for CC shilling but Venture X is clearly the biggest deal in the travel card world since CSR showed up 5 years ago. In this case I don’t mind the extended exposure it’s been getting… I am excited to read about what Cap1 has in store for the next few years.

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