Move over American Express. Airport lounge access from Capital One is on its way, and it may just give the Centurion Lounge a run for its money. Those who have waited patiently for lounge access from their Capital One travel cards don’t have to wait much longer. The company plans to debut its first-ever lounge as early as 2021 in Washington DC’s Dulles Airport (IAD). This location comes as no surprise, given that the Capital One Headquarters sits just a few miles away. The company has long expressed its dedication to the DC community, and it plans to continue its support by introducing this local travel perk. Questions remain as to who will have access and at what price. If other Capital One ventures offer any indication, cardholders can expect discounted membership as a new card feature.
What to Expect from the First Capital One Airport Lounge
The Capital One lounge will sit just behind the Dulles TSA PreCheck checkpoint. This will provide easy access for travelers with both memberships, including those carrying the Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card. One of the Venture Card’s main features is the $100 credit towards either PreCheck or Global Entry.
TAV American Operations Services Inc., which manages the Turkish Airlines Star Alliance Lounge in that same airport, will oversee the construction. Current plans suggest the lounge will span 9,100 square feet, leaving plenty of room for multiple amenities. Rumored features include:
- Wi-Fi access
- Conference space
- A gym and showers
- Spa and dining services
- A children’s room
With the addition of the gym, these potential amenities compare to what you would get with a coveted Centurion Lounge membership. The question is, will the cost of admission compare?
Who Will Have Airport Lounge Access with Capital One?
Capital One has yet to announce who will have access to this new lounge. For comparison, certain Amex travel cards grant complimentary access to Centurion lounges, but the annual fees for these cards range from $550 to $595. With its own annual fee of $95, it’s difficult to say for sure if the Capital One Venture Card’s airport lounge access will be complimentary, or simply discounted. Another speculated aspect is whether or not non-cardholders will be allowed to purchase memberships. It’s possible that the lounge will operate similarly to the Capital One Cafes. These combination café-banks are open to everyone, but Capital One customers get half-price on beverages.
Of course, this would suggest that all Capital One account holders will also have access to discounted memberships. This could mean those holding the Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit Card with no annual fee, or even just a checking account, can get access for less.