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What you can expect inside Capital One’s airport lounges – The Points Guy

Capital One is going head-to-head with American Express's Centurion Lounge with its approximately 
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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with the latest information, including lounge access requirements.

For nearly a decade, the Amex-owned and operated Centurion Lounges have dominated the cobranded card airport lounge space. That’s now changing in a hurry.

The first Capital One lounge opened at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) on Nov. 4, 2021. TPG got a full first look at the stunning 10,000-square foot space.

Other upcoming lounge locations promise a variety of premium amenities, from restaurant-quality dining to shower suites, wellness rooms and, yes, even Peloton bikes. Unfortunately, opening dates for other Capital One Lounge locations have been pushed back, and it looks like we won’t see these spots open their doors until 2023.

Here’s everything that we know about Capital One’s lounge plans, including who has access and what to expect inside.

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Who has access to Capital One Lounges?

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Capital One Lounge DFW. (Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

The, $395-per-year Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card is the primary way most travelers can gain access to a Capital One Lounge. However, this card is not the only way you can get access.

Access

Venture X cardholders get unlimited access to Capital One Lounges for primary cardholders and their authorized users, along with complimentary entry for up to two guests per visit (children two and under are free). Additional guests are $45 each. These guest policies are fairly generous, especially in light of Amex’s new plan to charge $50 for most Centurion Lounge guests who enter with a cardholder starting in 2023.

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Related: 6 things to do when you get the Capital One Venture X

Don’t plan on getting the Venture X card? Cardholders with either a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or Capital One Spark Miles for Business – cards that have a $95 annual fee ($0 intro annual fee for the first year with the Spark Miles) – receive two complimentary visits annually and will have access to a special entry rate of $45 per visit after that. Pricing for guests of Venture and Spark Miles cardholders is also $45 per visit.

Finally, the Capital One Lounge will also be open to any travelers outside those groups who want to pay a steeper entry rate of $65 per person.

Other rules

All Capital One Lounge guests must present a boarding pass for a departing flight, up to three hours before departure, or a connecting same-day flight. Guests can’t enter with boarding passes for arriving flights with no connection.

More on the Capital One Lounge Dallas (DFW)

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Capital One Lounge DFW. (Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Location

Capital One is going head-to-head with American Express’s Centurion Lounge with its approximately 10,000-square-foot DFW location in Terminal D, near Gate 22. In fact, it’s in the very same terminal, just steps from the Amex lounge.

Related: A full first look at the first-ever Capital One Lounge in Dallas (DFW)

Design

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Capital One Lounge DFW .(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Capital One promises a design and guest experience that celebrate the Dallas-Fort Worth region, including partnerships with area artists, breweries, coffee roasters and cocktail bars.

In creating its first-ever lounge, the focus was on eco-friendly materials, unique textures and eye-catching effects like curved surfaces. That includes more than 55 pieces of original artwork by local artists curated by the Tappan Collective. A wide array of original works are on display, featuring diverse perspectives and mediums. Capital One says the lounge will “give travelers an opportunity to experience the region through its art.”

Where are Capital One Lounges located?

While Dallas-Fort Worth is the only spot currently open, there are a pair of other Capital One Lounge locations in the pipeline.

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Originally, Capital One had slated lounges to open in 2022 in Denver (DEN) and Washington-Dulles (IAD). However, this page on the issuer’s website indicates that these two Capital One Lounge locations are now pushed back to 2023.

More announcements are expected for the future, as Capital One is serious about its lounge ambitions, but as of the time of writing, no new lounges are scheduled to open before the end of this year.

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A rendering of the future DEN lounge bar area. (Image courtesy of Capital One)

Denver lounge (2023)

The Denver (DEN) Capital One Lounge will be approximately 11,200 square feet and will be located in Concourse A on the mezzanine level.

Washington-Dulles lounge (2023)

The Washington Dulles (IAD) Capital One Lounge will be directly after the TSA PreCheck security line in the main terminal.

What is the food and beverage like at Capital One Lounges?

All the Capital One lounges will offer a premium in-lounge dining experience with seasonal menus and regionally sourced ingredients.

At a lounge preview event at DFW, all the dishes we sampled were top-notch. The standout was a beef bibimbap bowl that was the perfect balance of spicy and sweet. Speaking of sweet, the cannolis were deliciously crisp on the outside and sweet and decadent on the inside.

A ready-to-eat food station features grab-and-go snacks including salads, fresh fruits, juice shots and rotating warm selections like breakfast sandwiches in the mornings or fresh-from-the-oven cookies in the afternoons.

For those who have the opportunity to take a seat and relax before their flight, other catering highlights include craft cocktails on tap, local beers and regional wines, dining stations (with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options) and a full-service coffee and espresso bar from La Colombe.

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(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

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What wellness features are in Capital One Lounges?

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(Photo by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy)

Wellness is a vital part of Capital One’s lounge strategy and differentiation. In fact, you can even get a full workout in before your flight with Peloton bikes and a yoga room. Shower suites with luxury bath amenities will also be available at each lounge.

If something Zen is more up your alley, there will be relaxation rooms, and these won’t simply be comfy chairs to sit in. There are state-of-the-art nap pods that have built-in audio for meditation and other amenities such as blankets, eye masks, and earplugs.

Parents will appreciate the private nursing rooms, outfitted with lounge chairs and footrests, bottle warmers and minifridges with beverages, and extra counter space for diaper changes.

Bottom line

In recent years, American Express transformed the lounge landscape with the launch of its own Centurion Lounges. Now, Capital One is playing in this space too, and Chase Sapphire lounges are working to join the conversation. From what we’ve seen so far, it seems like Amex will have stiff competition.

This is excellent news for all cardholders, especially those who value travel perks. While Amex’s Centurion Lounges are exclusively accessible to select cardholders, such as The Platinum Card® from American Express and The Business Platinum Card® from American Express, Capital One will provide travelers with increased options to access its lounges, including the general public.

The primary vehicle for entering Capital One Lounges is the Venture X, a $395 product. In addition, cardholders with either a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or Capital One Spark Miles for Business – cards that have a $95 annual fee ($0 intro annual fee for the first year with the Spark Miles) – receive two complimentary visits annually. Walk-in guests can also enter, based on availability, at $65 per visit.

Official application link: Capital One Venture X. Official application link: Capital One Venture. Official application link: Capital One Spark Miles for Business.

Featured image of the Capital One Lounge DFW by Wyatt Smith/The Points Guy.

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