Compromises rarely come as sweet as the Venture X from Capital One. Bridging the gap between high-end, high-cost options like the Amex Platinum and lower-end cards built for specificity, the Venture X offers a stellar intro bonus, a range of top travel perks, and a fair annual fee that can be canceled out easily in direct value.
Currently, you can earn 75,000 bonus points after spending $4,000 within three months of opening the card. While Capital One Points aren’t quite as versatile as some other travel currencies, regular improvements to their partnerships allow that bonus to go a long way. Here’s just a small example of what 75,000 points could grab you.
Round Trip Economy Class – JFK to Paris
5 Round Trips – Continental US to Hawaii
One Way – Business Class – Miami to Paris
One Way – Business Class – JFK to Lima, Peru
If the $395 still seems daunting (although not as much as the $695 Amex Platinum fee), don’t worry too much. If you know you’ll be spending more than $300 in travel throughout the year, you’ll get $300 back in statement credit. Throw in a 10,000-point anniversary bonus, and you’ve offset it with ease. You’ll also enjoy some premium perks like a Priority Pass membership and a fair range of daily points-earning opportunities.
The X could be the step up you’ve been looking for.