Wait, Delta Zone 1 Boarding Comes With No Annual Fee Capital One Card?

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Chalk this up not only as something I didn’t know, but as something I’m downright surprised by. Capital One World MasterCard cardholders get zone 1 boarding with Delta.

So for instance the no annual fee Capital One® Premier Dining Rewards Credit Card

    Current Offer: One-time $100 cash bonus after you spend $500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening
    Earning: Earn unlimited 3% cash back on dining, 2% on groceries and 1% on all other purchases. No rotating categories or sign ups needed to earn cash rewards; plus, cash back doesn’t expire and there’s no limit to how much you can earn.
    Annual Fee: $0
    Foreign transaction fees: None

Delta Check-in Counter, Austin

This doesn’t work with Capital One Visa cards, only MasterCard products. And it apparently doesn’t require using the card to purchase tickets or showing the card to obtain boarding privileges at least according to Million Mile Secrets. So there must be some form of data match that occurs.

(HT: Million Mile Secrets)

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  1. Well, MMS reports that the flyer received Group 1 boarding and assumed that it traced to his Capital One MasterCard. But I wonder if there is another factor that he was not aware of. For example, did he book through a corporate account? Delta has been automatically been giving many corporate accounts Group 1 boarding. (I experienced it myself at a former company a few years ago. We did not actually have a corporate account with Delta, but did with KLM (company was HQed in Amsterdam), and somehow everyone got Group 1 boarding and Preferred Seats for free.)

  2. Where did you get this information from? Both your link above and when you go directly to Delta’s priority boarding list via Google doesn’t list this card in zone 1.

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