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Capital One’s Venture card most frequently has had a 40,000 mile signup bonus. However they’ve just bumped that up — something I’ve rarely seen them do.
The current offer is a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles once you spend $3,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening, equal to $500 in travel.
Some readers use this as an everyday card because it earns 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, every day and a 50,000 mile bonus makes it that much more appealing. And especially so since the annual fee is $0 intro for first year; $95 after that it’s a great deal overall.
Capital One’s points let you buy any flight without worrying about restricted award availability. This is most useful for people who use their rewards for domestic economy flights, and can be especially valuable over peak travel dates.
I used to care that Capital One pulled all three major credit bureaus when applying for a card but the truth is that doesn’t worry me much anymore.