Capital One announces new airport lounge at IAD

Capital One announces new airport lounge at IAD

Capital One just announced they are expanding their customer reach with a Capital One airport lounge at Washington-Dulles airport.

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IAD airport main entrance

Credit card brands are always striving to offer unique benefits and experiences to their customers. Capital One has begun replacing traditional bank branches with lively cafe spaces in the form of Capital One Cafés. And now, Capital One is making its first foray into the luxury travel space with its announcement of a brand new airport lounge location at the Washington - Dulles Airport (IAD) in Washington D.C.

Capital One airport lounge details

Located only a few miles away from the Capital One headquarters in McLean, Va., the new lounge will open sometime in 2021. In its press release, Capital One states that “the lounge at the Dulles airport will be another way Capital One provides our customers unique travel benefits, along with exclusive access and experiences.” Details about the lounge itself are scarce right now, and Capital One offered no extra details when we reached out to them with questions.

With a branded airport lounge, Capital one seems to be taking a similar approach to American Express, whose Centurion airport lounges are exclusive to members of The Platinum Card® from American Express, The Business Platinum Card® from American Express and the Centurion® Card from American Express.

While airport lounges are sometimes overlooked, they can provide an escape from the stressful and noisy environment of an airport. Often, airport lounges are associated with consumers flying in Business or first class. In fact, many travel credit cards offer complimentary airport lounge access to cardholders regardless of what class they fly.

How to get free airport lounge access

It's unclear whether Capital One's airport lounge will offer complimentary access to any Capital One cardmembers. In the meantime, there are other avenues for free lounge access. Travelers flying in first or business class are often granted free lounge access through their airline. Also, membership to Priority Pass — one of the largest airline lounge membership programs — is a complimentary perk on some travel credit cards.

If you purchase a Priority Pass membership, it will cost between $99 to $429 per year, plus $32 for each guest you bring. This can be costly with even a few visits. So if you visit airports frequently, earning no-cost Priority Pass with a credit card can be a great addition to your travels.

Capital One credit cards for travel

While we can’t confirm, it is likely you will need a Capital One credit card to enter the new Capital One airport lounge.

Airport lounge access currently isn't a feature on any Capital One card. However, Capital One cards offer many other great features for frequent travelers, including no foreign transaction fees. Whether you like to earn travel points or cash back on your purchases, Capital One has great options for either preference. And what's more, Capital One cards have modest or no annual fees.

The information related to the Centurion® Card from American Express has been independently collected by ValuePenguin and has not been reviewed or provided by the issuer of this card prior to publication. Terms apply to American Express credit card offers. See americanexpress.com for more information.

Credit CardSign-up bonusAnnual fee
Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit CardEarn 100,000 bonus miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3000 on purchases in the first 3 months$95
Capital One® VentureOne® Rewards Credit CardEarn One-time bonus of 20,000 miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within 3 months of account opening, equal to $200 in travel$0
Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Credit CardOne-time $200 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening$0
Brett Holzhauer

Brett Holzhauer is ValuePenguin’s travel rewards expert, focusing on credit card rewards maximization, consumer travel trends, and personal finance news. He has earned and burned over 5 million points and miles throughout his travels, saving him roughly $75,000 in travel expenses.

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