Guide To The Capital One Venture X $300 Annual Travel Credit

Guide To The Capital One Venture X $300 Annual Travel Credit

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Note: I’ve updated this post to share my experience using the credit, and also to mention that you earn 5-10x Venture miles even on the portion of a travel purchase that’s booked using the $300 credit, which is awesome. That means when using the $300 travel credit you’ll earn 1,500-3,000 Venture miles, adding even more value.

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We recently saw the launch of the new Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, which is Capital One’s new premium credit card.

While the card has a $395 annual fee, there are so many reasons to get this card, from the welcome bonus of 100K miles, to ongoing perks like a $300 annual travel credit, 10K anniversary bonus miles, a Priority Pass membership, access to Capital One Lounges, Hertz President’s Circle elite status, primary rental car coverage, cell phone protection, and amazing authorized user perks. I applied for this card and was instantly approved, and I know many OMAAT readers are in the same boat.

In this post I wanted to focus on the single benefit that should most help offset the annual fee of the Capital One Venture X, which is the card’s $300 annual travel credit. Let’s get into all the details of how this works.

How does the Venture X $300 annual travel credit work?

The Capital One Venture X offers a $300 annual travel credit, which can be redeemed through Capital One Travel. Here’s what you need to know about that:

  • The credit applies each cardmember year (or anniversary year, if you prefer), including the year in which you open the card; the credit timing isn’t based on the calendar year
  • The credit can be used across one or multiple transactions, until the $300 limit is reached
  • There’s no registration required to use the $300 annual travel credit
  • Any purchase through Capital One Travel qualifies towards using this credit, so there’s all kinds of travel you can arrange this way
  • The credit will generally appear in your account within one to seven business days of making an eligible purchase
  • If the credited Capital One Travel purchase is canceled, the statement credit may be removed from your account, though can be reissued on any past or future Capital One Travel purchase of up to $300
Apply your $300 credit towards a hotel stay

What travel can you book through Capital One Travel?

Capital One Travel is Capital One’s travel portal, as you may have guessed based on the name. The portal is powered by Hopper, and Capital One is essentially acting as the travel agent here. You can use Capital One Travel to book everything from flights, to hotels, to car rentals.

In general I’m not a huge fan of using travel portals, though in my opinion Capital One Travel is the best travel portal of any of the major credit card companies. You can easily search flights, hotels, and car rentals.

The portal has some nifty features. For example, when searching flights, there’s a calendar showing the dates with the best prices, which is something I wish we’d more consistently see from airlines.

Similarly, the option to filter results is great, better than with any other portal out there, in my opinion.

If you wanted to apply your $300 annual travel credit towards a purchase (like a flight), you’d just want to make the purchase with your card, and then the statement credit will post automatically.

Keep in mind that the Venture X is also rewarding for purchases through Capital One Travel, so you can earn lots of miles for these purchases. The card offers:

  • 10x Venture miles on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel
  • 5x Venture miles on flights booked via Capital One Travel
Apply your $300 credit towards a flight

But isn’t booking through credit card travel portals annoying?

Some people are probably thinking “I don’t really want to book through a travel portal though.” I hear you. To be honest, I only rarely use travel portals. Even if a travel portal is great, there are downsides to using them:

  • On the flight front, in the event of schedule changes or wanting to cancel, it can be easier to do so if you book direct, especially in an era where airlines largely allow free ticket changes
  • On the hotel front, you don’t usually receive elite perks or earn points when booking through a third party
  • On the car rental front, there are often discount codes available online that can’t be used if booking through a portal

That being said, I still value this credit at pretty close to face value, and have no issues whatsoever using it. What’s my strategy? To keep things simple, my general plan is to book a single flight that cots $300+ at least once per year, which should trigger the $300 credit.

You still generally earn points and receive elite perks when booking flights through a portal, and the pricing is almost always identical. Therefore the opportunity cost to booking this way is limited.

The way I see it, having to book through Capital One Travel is hardly a huge deal or anything that prevents this from being maximized, and I’ll have no issues maximizing this.

Booking a flight through a portal isn’t a big deal

Do you earn Venture miles when using the travel credit?

I’ve already used my $300 Capital One Travel credit, and in the process learned something cool. For the record, I used the credit to book a $458 airline ticket, which was priced exactly the same through Capital One Travel as directly through the airline. The $300 credit posted to my account three days after the purchase was made.

But here’s a pleasant surprise. As a reminder, the Capital One Venture X offers bonus points on purchases through Capital One Travel, as you can earn:

  • 10x Venture miles on hotels and rental cars booked via Capital One Travel
  • 5x Venture miles on flights booked via Capital One Travel

Interestingly I had 5x Venture miles post for the entire purchase amount, including for the amount for which I’m receiving a travel credit. In other words, when you redeem your $300 travel credit, you’ll also earn 1,500 to 3,000 Venture miles for using that credit, depending on what you’re spending on.

I followed up with Capital One to make sure this wasn’t a glitch, and indeed it isn’t. Cardmembers will earn Venture miles for the cost of the purchase when using the $300 travel credit. That further sets this card apart, and is awesome.

I used my $300 travel credit for an Alaska Airlines flight

How does this compare to travel credits on other cards?

How does the Capital One Venture X $300 annual travel credit compare to the credits issued by other premium cards? Just to compare:

I’d argue that the Capital One travel credit isn’t as easy to use as the Chase travel credit, but is much easier to use than the American Express travel credit. The fact that you earn 5-10x Venture miles even for purchases the credit applies to does set the card apart, since Chase doesn’t award points on those purchases.

This also doesn’t tell the full story of the card’s value propositions, though:

  • The Venture X has by far the lowest annual fee of the three cards
  • The $300 annual travel credit is only one of the annual perks the card offers — the card also offers 10,000 anniversary bonus miles, which can be redeemed for $100 worth of travel, or can be transfered to airline & hotel partners at a ratio of up to 1:1
  • For savvy travelers, the $300 travel credit plus 10,000 bonus miles should be worth more than the card’s $395 annual fee, not even factoring in anything else
The Venture X also offers 10K bonus anniversary miles

Bottom line

The new Capital One Venture X is incredibly lucrative. The card has a $395 annual fee, and one of the primary things that offsets that fee is the $300 annual travel credit, which can be applied towards virtually any purchase with Capital One Travel. You even earn 5-10x Venture miles for that purchase amount, since you’re booking through Capital One Travel.

While there might be a slight hassle factor to some in using a portal, this really shouldn’t be that hard to maximize on a flight, hotel, or car rental. Personally I plan on just booking a $300+ flight every year through the portal, and that’ll get me the $300 statement credit.

To fellow Venture X cardmembers, what’s your plan for using the $300 annual travel credit?

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  1. Brian Guest

    Is anyone familiar with the fees charged for booking hotel rooms through the Capital One Travel? Every booking seems to include an additional 10% fee above and beyond tax. When booking, Capital One provides a comparison between Expedia and their "Exclusive Rate", but the total price is always significantly higher through Capital One Travel because of that extra (roughly) 10% fee they lump in with the taxes.

    The benefit of 10X rewards are erased if...

    Is anyone familiar with the fees charged for booking hotel rooms through the Capital One Travel? Every booking seems to include an additional 10% fee above and beyond tax. When booking, Capital One provides a comparison between Expedia and their "Exclusive Rate", but the total price is always significantly higher through Capital One Travel because of that extra (roughly) 10% fee they lump in with the taxes.

    The benefit of 10X rewards are erased if there's an additional 10% fee at booking.

    1. Mark Guest

      Brian, I was a little surprised at your extra-fee experience because I’ve done a number of comparison tests and haven’t seen any padding of the Capital One rates. I just did another test, using an independent hotel in Queens, NYC, where I plan to stay next month. The hotel’s website offered the room at $109 and added $20 in taxes and fees (which at the New York rate is only a dollar or so in...

      Brian, I was a little surprised at your extra-fee experience because I’ve done a number of comparison tests and haven’t seen any padding of the Capital One rates. I just did another test, using an independent hotel in Queens, NYC, where I plan to stay next month. The hotel’s website offered the room at $109 and added $20 in taxes and fees (which at the New York rate is only a dollar or so in fees). Capital One advertised a $2 rate cut, and sure enough that room was $107 with $20 in taxes and fees. This has been my experience whenever I’ve looked at booking hotel rooms since I received the Venture X card: a very honest deal for both flights and hotels.

  2. Chister Guest

    I am wondering if you can book Alaska companion fare using Capital One travel portal?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Chister -- Unfortunately not, you have to book directly with Alaska Airlines to use that.

  3. bill Guest

    Is there any way to filter for business/first class reservations? The "luxury", "premium" tabs are opaque and don't actually search significant availability

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ bill -- Hmmm, under the "premium" tab it typically shows the name of the class of service (for situations where you're not sure if it's first or business class, for example). I don't see a way to specifically filter by the best first & business class fares, though. Personally my strategy is to use Google Flights to find the flight I'm looking for, and then I filter for the flight based on the departure time, airline, etc.

    2. bill Guest

      I'm seeing lots of flights where there's economy availability but no J/F availability in the portal, even when that's available on other OTAs.

  4. Steve Guest

    If you book a rental with Hertz do you get President Circle benefits?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Steve -- That's a good question, I believe Capital One Travel would be considered a third party booking, so may not qualify for elite benefits. Can anyone confirm?

    2. Steve Guest

      I tried making a booking and believe it or not Hertz wasn't bookable via their portal. At least when I tried booking a car at LAX for January.

  5. Philip Guest

    As I spend a lot of time in Asia, using my credit cards, I'm curious about whether the airline/hotel options on the Capital One portal are US-based, or whether any airline or hotel that for example shows up on major travel booking websites is also available on this portal. Is it possible to check what's on offer there before signing up for the card? Thanks for any guidance

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Philip -- You should have no issues finding hotels around the globe that are bookable through Capital One Travel, as it's not just US centric. I'm also seeing lots of flight options for intra-Asia flights, though I can't guarantee every flight will show up. But it appears that it's mostly good news in that regard for you. Unfortunately there's no way to access the portal before having the card.

  6. Travel credit Guest

    I am pretty sure that I read in the t&c that as long as the card was used to pay for travel regardless of how the travel was booked you can request the travel credit to be applied.

  7. JOHN F CAFFREY Guest

    I got the card the first day it was available and immediately tried to book a hotel stay for next July. When I spoke with a rep of the travel side she said I could NOT use the $300 annual credit until the END of my completed year of having the card. While I thought she was wrong I went ahead and booked the hotel and paid for it with the card. I am hoping...

    I got the card the first day it was available and immediately tried to book a hotel stay for next July. When I spoke with a rep of the travel side she said I could NOT use the $300 annual credit until the END of my completed year of having the card. While I thought she was wrong I went ahead and booked the hotel and paid for it with the card. I am hoping that my next statement will reflect that the $300 credit was applied. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this situation or did I just have a newbie in the travel dept?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ JOHN F CAFFREY -- You can 100% use it the the first year. That's what I did, and as you can see in the post, my credit already posted. The 10,000 anniversary bonus miles only posts after the first anniversary, but the $300 credit can be applied right away.

  8. Nate Samuelson Guest

    Anyone know if I can book a $500 flight through the portal, take the credit on the statement, then use points to purchase erase the other $200? It has been awhile since I worked with Cap1, and I cannot remember if purchase erasing needed to happen for the whole purchase if that makes sense. Thanks!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Nate Samuelson -- Yep, that should work. You can use Purchase Eraser to reimburse yourself for travel after the fact.

  9. Jeremy Guest

    I would have sworn I saw the $200 vacation rental credit when I applied, but I can't find any reference to it on the CapitalOne site or in the documentation that came with the card. Anyone know if there is a way to validate the offer prior to booking?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jeremy -- That's part of the standard sign-up bonus, so it should apply automatically. Here are the full terms of that perk:
      "Eligible Venture X accountholders will receive a statement credit for up to $200 for qualifying vacation rental purchases. Purchases must be charged to your account and appear in your account statement within your first year as a cardholder to qualify. The $200 statement credit will be provided as a single credit...

      @ Jeremy -- That's part of the standard sign-up bonus, so it should apply automatically. Here are the full terms of that perk:
      "Eligible Venture X accountholders will receive a statement credit for up to $200 for qualifying vacation rental purchases. Purchases must be charged to your account and appear in your account statement within your first year as a cardholder to qualify. The $200 statement credit will be provided as a single credit if the purchase is greater than or equal to $200, or in multiple statement credits until the total vacation rental purchases are greater than or equal to $200. If the credited vacation rental purchase is canceled, the statement credit may be removed from your account, though it can be reissued on any past or future vacation rental purchases up to $200. The credit should appear in your account within 1-7 business days, but it may take up to 2 billing cycles after purchase. Your Venture X card account must be open and in good standing at the time of statement credit fulfillment. Capital One uses merchant category codes to determine if a purchase is a qualifying vacation rental. This means that sometimes a purchase may not earn this statement credit. For example, some vacation rental agencies may use a "hotel" code rather than a "rental" code. Capital One is not responsible for merchant category codes used by merchants. Eligible vacation rental merchants include Airbnb, Turnkey, Vacasa, and VRBO."

  10. Ethan Guest

    Do purchasing airline miles also earn Venture Miles?

    1. Ethan Guest

      Ben replied me in another post and yes, purchasing miles will earn Venture Miles. I thought my comment on that post was deleted cause I did not see it when I revisited that post. It's all good and sorry for the duplicate comments.

  11. Kevin M Guest

    I have to say, as a huge fan of this blog, that the coverage of this card is starting to come across as a bit breathless and over the top.

    For me, whether or not to get the card begins and ends with the fact that Capital One is asking people to spend $10,000 to get the initial bonus. Most of the people in my life wouldn't organically be able to spend that much money...

    I have to say, as a huge fan of this blog, that the coverage of this card is starting to come across as a bit breathless and over the top.

    For me, whether or not to get the card begins and ends with the fact that Capital One is asking people to spend $10,000 to get the initial bonus. Most of the people in my life wouldn't organically be able to spend that much money in that amount of time, UNLESS we're talking about paying rent/mortgage, in which case Plastiq fees kick in and it then becomes a ~$650 card to apply for. That's not factoring in the opportunity cost of otherwise spending to hit a different bonus (or several bonuses!) that would cost far less to attain.

    Is this a solid card? Yes. But part of the reason we're all in this game is to get travel for "free" (or at least cheaply), and to classify this card as an "absolute no-brainer" ignores the fact that earning the initial bonus requires an outlay that quite a few people aren't going to be willing or able to make. Taking the bonus out of the equation makes carrying the card a coin-flip at best unless you fly through DFW and can use the lounge, and/or are willing to put all your travel spend on the card (which then renders e.g. the CSR card suddenly less useful if you have it). Just my two cents.

    Thanks for all you do, Ben, and for being willing to hear constructive criticism!

    1. Corey Sacken Guest

      $10k over 6 months is $16,666. No different than 5k over 3 months. Pretty damn easy to hit and 2 points per spend at 3.4% value is plenty good for nonrewards spend. The card presents a good case to keep long term. Amex platinum does not, it gets worse each year. Absent a nice retention offer I won't keep it

    2. Corey Sacken Guest

      1,666.66 rather

    3. Ethan Guest

      Yeah. I can easily spend over $1667 a month just on groceries, utilities, insurance, restaurants, and misc spending for a family of 2. I guess I would only have hard time hitting that if I am single, live with my parents or in some ultra low living cost areas.

  12. Tom Guest

    Capital One Travel portal does not reflect true inventory. I'm new to Capital One and when searching business class options I find it doesn't show all options. Example, I am traveling from Singapore to Berlin next summer and while Turkish Airlines offers a great business class fare for ~$1200, the Capital One travel portal does not show this as an option. I've tried a few different dates and destinations and find this to be the...

    Capital One Travel portal does not reflect true inventory. I'm new to Capital One and when searching business class options I find it doesn't show all options. Example, I am traveling from Singapore to Berlin next summer and while Turkish Airlines offers a great business class fare for ~$1200, the Capital One travel portal does not show this as an option. I've tried a few different dates and destinations and find this to be the case. Not sure if they do not load flights that far out in advance but something to keep in mind.

  13. Ram Guest

    So its basically 11,500 miles every year (10K from anniversary bonus and 1500 for spending $300 towards travel credit.

    1. eponymous coward Guest

      13000 if you spend it on hotel or car rental.

  14. JoieNsk Guest

    I just tried to book a car through Capital One portal - it would not let me, there was some "technical issue". I called Capital One, and their travel rep could not do the booking either. She said that their inventory is not getting updated, so the card I needed can not be booked through them, as the car must be not available anymore. Her recommendation was to go to the car rental web-site and...

    I just tried to book a car through Capital One portal - it would not let me, there was some "technical issue". I called Capital One, and their travel rep could not do the booking either. She said that their inventory is not getting updated, so the card I needed can not be booked through them, as the car must be not available anymore. Her recommendation was to go to the car rental web-site and book directly :)))) I asked her what the purpose of their travel portal then. She just said she would put the ticket for this technical issue and apologized again. I also looked at the hotels they offer at the portal - the choice was poor - to tell the truth. So we shall see. So far - not impressed. Actually - negatively impressed. Nothing I was trying to accomplish seemed to work.

  15. John Guest

    can i say shill for capital one. wow they must be paying a lot of money for all of these posts. ben do you now work for capital one ?

    1. Amanto Guest

      Can flights on Southwest be purchased on the Capital One travel portal?

  16. JustSaying Guest

    When you post about how easy it is to use the credits I laugh and look at my $1000 worthless Delta credits that are essentially impossible to use with value from the annual AMEX fee reimbursements........at a certain point I just stop believing the bullshit slung against the wall.......and even if it isn't a lie I just nod and say well I guess your sister shouldn't have lied because now I don't trust any of you.........

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ JustSaying -- You're talking about the Amex airline fee credit? If so, surely you can appreciate how the Capital One credit is easier to use (and I've never claimed Amex airline fee credits are this easy to use). The Amex credits can only be used for very specific purchases on a designated airline, while this credit can be used towards virtually any hotel, flight, or car rental purchase, booked through Capital One.

    2. DCS Diamond

      The Amex credits can only be used for very specific purchases on a designated airline, while this credit can be used towards virtually any hotel, flight, or car rental purchase, booked through Capital One.

      - Ben Schlappig OMAAT
      As offered by Cap One VX, the major limitation of the $300 annual travel credit, like those of some AMEX cards benefits and those of Chase's recent "enhancements" of the CSR benefits, is that it must...

      The Amex credits can only be used for very specific purchases on a designated airline, while this credit can be used towards virtually any hotel, flight, or car rental purchase, booked through Capital One.

      - Ben Schlappig OMAAT
      As offered by Cap One VX, the major limitation of the $300 annual travel credit, like those of some AMEX cards benefits and those of Chase's recent "enhancements" of the CSR benefits, is that it must be redeemed through the CC issuer's travel or other services. It's why the CSR's original benefits, which had virtually no restrictions and most still do not, remain unmatched by all subsequent imitators.

  17. Regis Guest

    Does the capital one travel portal offers the option of booking special hotel rates like government rates?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Regis -- Unfortunately not. There are some promotional rates available through there, but you can't book government rates, AAA rates, corporate rates, etc.

  18. Pam Guest

    Ben, can you book a res in another person’s name on the portal (as long as u use the X card)? Or does the portal lock in the cardholder’s name on the res?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Pam -- I just went through the process of trying to make a booking, and was able to reserve a hotel in someone else's name. So best I can tell that is possible.

  19. Diego Guest

    Ben, could you write up a guide for the temporary $200 vacation rental soon? Vrbo has hotels, and it’s not entirely clear what it will cover?

    TY!

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Diego -- I'm on it, thanks for the idea!

  20. Brodie Gold

    The hoops required to redeem credits on Amex Platinum are annoying and why I cancelled the card after receiving the sign up bonus, twice now. I currently have the Plat again after receiving another sign up bonus and will likely cancel when the AF is due. This card, while not as easy to use as Chase, is positioned better than Amex and with the lower AF will likely be my Plat replacement.

    1. DCS Diamond

      It's something else that sets the CSR apart and above the 'competition': ease of redeeming the various credits and perks. It just happens without one having to think or do anything about it.

    2. Brutus Guest

      Now if Hilton would only allow FNCs to be redeemed online like all of its competitors.

    3. DCS Diamond

      Now if Hilton would only allow FNCs to be redeemed online like all of its competitors.

      - Brutus

      Not to worry, it will happen, a lot sooner than you think. Remember that Hilton is the company that is leading the hospitality industry's 'digital revolution'. The only reason there has not been more transparency, clarity and ease of use of free night certs is not because of Hilton Honors. It is just that the...

      Now if Hilton would only allow FNCs to be redeemed online like all of its competitors.

      - Brutus

      Not to worry, it will happen, a lot sooner than you think. Remember that Hilton is the company that is leading the hospitality industry's 'digital revolution'. The only reason there has not been more transparency, clarity and ease of use of free night certs is not because of Hilton Honors. It is just that the certs have been and pretty much still are wholly under control of AMEX, which hands them out just like they award bonus points on all AMEX HH co-branded cards. However, I believe that HH members having to call to redeem their free night certs will soon become incompatible with and get in the way of Hilton's digital revolution, so AMEX will be pressured to cooperate in automating the awarding, redemption and management of free night certs.

      As usual, you heard it here first...

    4. Brutus Guest

      Thanks, I didn't realize that Hilton was leading a digital revolution. What's the evidence to support this claim? In which ways is Hilton leading the hospitality industry? Also, since Marriott also partners with Amex, how has the IT-challenged Bonvoy program managed to offer FNC redemptions online?

    5. DCS Guest

      @Brutus - Have you been asleep the last several years? Pretty much every digital gadget that your favorite hotel chain or loyalty program has 'introduced' has simply followed Hilton's lead as the first offeror of the same gadget.

    6. Eskimo Guest

      It's for incidentals Brodie. The idea is not everyone can use all the credits. If you use it for incidental there are no hoops to jump. It's those trying to cash out the credits that feel it's a burden.
      As much as how we all hate this, it is the requirements we knowingly applied for. It's not like you were voting for one thing, and a whole different puppet got elected.

      You sound like you're trying to game AMEX. Good luck with that in the future.

    7. AC Guest

      Brodie - be very careful dealing with Amex. Don't be surprised if they try to claw back points, close your accounts or restrict you from getting any additional cards. Personally, even if I plan to cancel an Amex card (I have 5 and don't plan to cancel any but may downgrade my Delta Platinum card to Gold) pay the AF for 2 years. Even only paying it once can then cancelling can cause issues with...

      Brodie - be very careful dealing with Amex. Don't be surprised if they try to claw back points, close your accounts or restrict you from getting any additional cards. Personally, even if I plan to cancel an Amex card (I have 5 and don't plan to cancel any but may downgrade my Delta Platinum card to Gold) pay the AF for 2 years. Even only paying it once can then cancelling can cause issues with Amex. Also, surprised you are able to keep getting sign up bonuses (make me wonder if they are all in the same name) since Amex usually has a "lifetime" restriction about earning bonus points on the same card (which is typically about a 7 year period instead of lifetime).

      As for the Amex travel credit on my Platinum card, I'm lifetime Platinum (retired and don't fly enough to make EP) so seat fees, baggage fees, etc are waived already for me. I could use it for a day pass to the Admirals Club (which qualifies for reimbursement) and have used to pay bag fees for my kid flying back to college (If I haven't bought her a first class ticket) but I usually just buy upgrade certificates. That is an easy way, at least on AA, to use the credit without any hassle. We can debate the value of the certificates but I definitely use them so it is worth it to me.

  21. Steve Gold

    Just use portals to book hotels that arent apart of the big loyalty chains, or when you need to book a certain hotel you dont have status or care about the points use the portal its the same price anyways as booking direct 99% of the time. Simple.

  22. Alec Guest

    Any idea if you'll be able to change flights online? If you have to call will Venture X members be given priority? If changes are free and seamless I'm thinking may be better to book all flights through the portal to get the points?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Alec -- It's a great question, and I'm hoping some OMAAT readers can chime in, as I've historically avoided using these portals.

      I could be wrong, but I believe at least with some airlines that have waived change fees, if you booked a ticket through a travel portal you could cancel it directly with the airline, and then apply that credit towards another flight, also directly with the airline. Can any readers chime in...

      @ Alec -- It's a great question, and I'm hoping some OMAAT readers can chime in, as I've historically avoided using these portals.

      I could be wrong, but I believe at least with some airlines that have waived change fees, if you booked a ticket through a travel portal you could cancel it directly with the airline, and then apply that credit towards another flight, also directly with the airline. Can any readers chime in as to whether that matches their experience?

      If so, that seems like the easiest route to go...

    2. darkrider New Member

      Speaking from my experience using the Chase portal with AA (no status at the time), canceling and rebooking a ticket required calling AA and there was a $50-60 charge taken from the value of the credit. This was a regular economy ticket.

    3. TJ Guest

      Last year, I booked American Airlines ticket booked on the Citi Thankyou portal and I could not get through to Citi to rebook, so I called American Airlines. The agent rebooked it, but also charged me $50 to "take over" the ticket from the travel agent (Citi).

      I have booked Delta tickets on Amextravel and I have had no problems rebooking directly with Delta. Makes me wonder if I could book a Delta ticket on...

      Last year, I booked American Airlines ticket booked on the Citi Thankyou portal and I could not get through to Citi to rebook, so I called American Airlines. The agent rebooked it, but also charged me $50 to "take over" the ticket from the travel agent (Citi).

      I have booked Delta tickets on Amextravel and I have had no problems rebooking directly with Delta. Makes me wonder if I could book a Delta ticket on CapOne, cancel it on Delta to get a credit, then rebook it directly with Delta using the travel credit to avoid the travel agent.

    4. Chris Gold

      I have some cancelled flights on United that were booked through a portal. When I try to use the credit on United.com it says to call the original booking travel agency.

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@ Diego -- I'm on it, thanks for the idea!

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Eskimo Guest

It's for incidentals Brodie. The idea is not everyone can use all the credits. If you use it for incidental there are no hoops to jump. It's those trying to cash out the credits that feel it's a burden. As much as how we all hate this, it is the requirements we knowingly applied for. It's not like you were voting for one thing, and a whole different puppet got elected. You sound like you're trying to game AMEX. Good luck with that in the future.

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Mark Guest

Brian, I was a little surprised at your extra-fee experience because I’ve done a number of comparison tests and haven’t seen any padding of the Capital One rates. I just did another test, using an independent hotel in Queens, NYC, where I plan to stay next month. The hotel’s website offered the room at $109 and added $20 in taxes and fees (which at the New York rate is only a dollar or so in fees). Capital One advertised a $2 rate cut, and sure enough that room was $107 with $20 in taxes and fees. This has been my experience whenever I’ve looked at booking hotel rooms since I received the Venture X card: a very honest deal for both flights and hotels.

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