Posted by William Charles on March 26, 2019
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Published on March 26th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Capital One Venture Hotels.com 10% Benefit To End January 2020 [Maybe Not?]

VFTW is reporting that Capital One has made no announcement that this benefit was ending and that the end date of January 31st, 2020 was only added because it’s within one year of the current expiration of the deal between Capital One & Hotels.com. Similarly that also means that they haven’t announced any extension to that contract, but the way it reads is that it will be extended at some stage. In reality it doesn’t really matter as buying Hotels.com gift cards at a deep discount is the better play.

In January of 2018 Capital One introduced a new benefit to the Venture credit card offering 10x miles (worth 10% back) when booking hotel stays on Hotel.com. They have now announced that this benefit will be ending in on January 31st, 2020. The promotion does stack with the Hotels.com rewards program for a free night after 10 stays, but it still wasn’t useful due to the fact you could buy Hotels.com gift cards at a bigger discount and also go through a portal if you weren’t using this benefit. For a full list of ways to stack discounts at Hotels.com read this post.

It will be interesting to see if this benefit is replaced by anything or not. Capital One has also partnered with Spotify and Uber before as well.

Hat tip to Award Wallet



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Dan
Dan

given that you can easily get hotels.com gift cards at 10% off or higher, i’ve always wondered what the appeal of this card was. if you work for a company that uses hotels.com a lot and lets employees use their own card that’d be great…but other than that i dont really get the appeal of hotels.com or this 10% benefit

Tony
Tony

+1. Bought Hotels.com gift cards at 23% off during the Walmart promotion. I know when booking through Hotels.com not all hotels will accept Hotels.com gift cards as payment though, which often disqualifies the cheapest hotels on a search. Not sure if those same hotels would also be removed from the venture portal or not.

Frank Rizzo
Frank Rizzo

The appeal to me was the $750 sign up bonus. Now it sits in my sock drawer just waiting for cancellation. I already set a reminder on my calendar.

Information Booth
Information Booth

I suppose there are quite a few people that don’t know they can buy discounted Hotels.com GC’S. For them… this may be a big problem. Maybe they should start reading this blog and become a bit more financially savvy!! John 3:16

Zachary
Zachary

I hope Hotels.com comes back with a different card partnership. Any except Capital One! By the way, I imagine the 10x from the card is attractive to those who don’t want to go hunting for gift card deals, or who haven’t been able to find enough gift cards to cover their needs. (However, I’m only guessing, since f’n Capital One rejected me for the Venture for no good reason!)

Newbie
Newbie

I have cap one wth $59 AF which I never use except for hotel.com. I used only for iceland and Belize hotels. I get better points from BoA premier for non bonus categories.
Is it better to downgrade or close it?

Rosie
Rosie

Is there a source as to the announcement? I haven’t been able to find an actual announcement from the company- all I’m seeing is that hotels.com is listing an end date of Jan 2020, which coincides with the original promotion term (2 years)- it’s only March so I wouldn’t expect that the original promotion would be extended until later in the year. Without seeing anything relating to an official announcement out there, it seems as maybe there was just a slow news day lol.

doc
doc

I never found any value in this deal. I always found a better rate elsewhere, even with the so called 10% off. It’s just overpriced sale mumbo jumbo.

Dave
Dave

I use this quite frequently and have found the rates and the bonus to be great. My family and I have been traveling Europe quite alot the last year and when booking hotels I always take advantage of this – booking about $3000 in the last 10 months. although I love a discount, I really don’t want to charge 2-3k worth of gift cards just in case I want to use them for future travel.

Additionally there are a lot of stories about gift cards being zeroed out for ‘suspected’ fraud or not refunded when there is an issue – no ability to dispute as there is with a credit card. Gift cards serve their purpose from time to time, but people shouldn’t forget that there are terms of service and they can be cancelled leaving you little recourse for recovery.

The hotels.com bonus has earned me a good bonus especially when adding the free nights I have earned.

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