Capital One Venture X Adds Plaza Premium Lounge Access

Capital One Venture X Adds Plaza Premium Lounge Access

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Capital One has just expanded its lounge access program, and it’s something that those with the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card (review) will likely be excited about.

Capital One Venture X adds access to 100+ lounges

The Capital One Venture X Card already offers a Priority Pass membership, plus access to Capital One Lounges (though currently only the DFW location is open).

Thanks to a new partnership between Capital One and Plaza Premium, Capital One is adding access to 100+ additional lounges around the globe for cardmembers. This includes:

  • All Plaza Premium Lounges
  • All Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses in the United States
  • The Air France Lounge at Montreal Airport (YUL)
  • The MERA Business Lounges at Cancun Airport (CUN)

You can find the full listing of participating lounges here.

Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse Boston

As far as access to these lounges goes:

Plaza Premium Lounge Taipei

Why this is a significant development

I continue to be impressed by the extent to which Capital One is improving in the travel space, not just in terms of its card portfolio, but also in terms of card perks.

The backstory here is interesting. Most Plaza Premium locations used to belong to Priority Pass, but in 2021 the two brands cut ties. Clearly Plaza Premium wanted to work directly with card issuers, rather than essentially using Priority Pass as a middle man.

The Platinum Card® from American Express (review) offers access to Plaza Premium locations, thanks to its comprehensive lounge program, though up until now other issuers didn’t. It’s fantastic to see Capital One now launch a similar partnership.

This makes Capital One extremely well rounded, given that the Priority Pass membership through the Capital One Venture X Card offers credits at Priority Pass restaurants, while those issued with Amex don’t.

Plaza Premium Lounge Penang

Bottom line

Capital One is now partnering with Plaza Premium to expand airport lounge access, with 100+ new lounges having been added for those with the Capital One Venture X Card. This is an awesome development, and will no doubt come in handy for many cardmembers.

What do you make of Capital One partnering with Plaza Premium?

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  1. jess Guest

    can you book ahead to reserve a place using your venture x card at the virgin lounge at Kennedy?

    thx

  2. Chao Guest

    How do I access Plaza Premium Lounge? Just showing my Venture X credit card and boarding pass?

  3. X-CCCP Member

    Hi all - can I bring free guest to VX or Plaza lounges? TiA!

  4. Jason Guest

    It looks like they now include an unlimited number of guests at Priority Pass lounges. The website doesn't explicitly say "unlimited" but it doesn't mention the previous limit of two included guests either.

    1. Eskimo Guest

      Still says "2 complimentary guests per visit" on the website.

  5. Eskimo Guest

    One less reason to pay $695 to Amex's ranson.

  6. jan Guest

    This is fantastic, since Plaza Premium is one of the better non-airline lounges I've been in, especially in Asia.

    When said region finally opens up I'll be sure to brandish my V X.

  7. Will Guest

    Now Chase Sapphire Reserve and other Priority Pass Credit Cards have become real cr*p with this addition to Capital One lounge collection. Though Amex Platinum can still access Plaza Premium lounges but they don't get Priority Pass non-lounge access, so not good enough.

    Good job, Capital One!

  8. LG Guest

    Does anyone know if this can be used upon arrival or if you need a same day boarding pass? Will be on a domestic red eye flight arriving JFK T4 next week.

  9. Dom Guest

    @Ben "Thanks to a new partnership between Capital One and Plaza Premium"

    It's not a new partnership. It's an expansion of their existing partnership. Plaza Premium Group is the operator of Capital One DFW Lounge and will be the operator of the lounges in DEN and IAD.

  10. Ivan B Guest

    This is great since we’ll be at LHR tomorrow and next month too.

  11. Motion to Dismiss Member

    Ben, do you think you could do a separate post on which Plaza Premium lounges are actually good? (Or maybe you already have and I missed / forgot about it.)

    I went to the Plaza Premium lounge at YYZ transborder recently and it was really terrible so I just went to the gate after a while.

  12. Tigris Guest

    I have the Venture card--can I use the 2 complimentary passes per year in one visit and bring 4 other guests in (total 5 including me)

  13. Creditcrunch Diamond

    I think it’s important to note that Plaza Premium intend to offer only local beers and house wines and a different food offering for non VS Gold and Upper Class passengers. Premium drinks etc will be available for a charge.

  14. mike Guest

    so does one present the Venture X card or is there another card to present at Plaza Premium lounges?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ mike -- You just present your eligible Capital One card, there's no need to get a different card.

  15. Colleen Guest

    Noticed that the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse in Boston isn't on the list of eligible lounges. Any idea why? Hope that's a typo

    1. Creditcrunch Diamond

      It’s not reopened yet, VS keep pushing it back, passengers currently use the Airfrance lounge.

  16. Jake F Guest

    This is great! Authorized Users too I assume?

    1. Ben Schlappig OMAAT

      @ Jake F -- Yep!

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Dom Guest

@Ben "Thanks to a new partnership between Capital One and Plaza Premium" It's not a new partnership. It's an expansion of their existing partnership. Plaza Premium Group is the operator of Capital One DFW Lounge and will be the operator of the lounges in DEN and IAD.

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Motion to Dismiss Member

Ben, do you think you could do a separate post on which Plaza Premium lounges are actually good? (Or maybe you already have and I missed / forgot about it.) I went to the Plaza Premium lounge at YYZ transborder recently and it was really terrible so I just went to the gate after a while.

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Ben Schlappig OMAAT

@ mike -- You just present your eligible Capital One card, there's no need to get a different card.

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