Capital One Adds New Redemption Options – Restaurants, Streaming Services, and Phone Services

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Update: The ability to use Capital One miles for delivery, takeout, and streaming services was extended through June 30, 2021. Also, a Capital One spokesperson confirmed that Capital One Spark cardholders can use miles for eligible phone services, restaurant takeout, and food delivery purchases through June 30, 2021. This post was originally published in April 2020 and updated to reflect these changes.

With travel still not back to normal, a lot of people are reconsidering the value of their travel credit cards. Does it make sense to keep a card meant for traveling when you aren't traveling as much?

Card-issuing banks are asking themselves the same questions. After all, it’s in their best interest to remain relevant to cardholders so that they’ll keep the card at the top of their wallet.

With that in mind, Capital One has made a bold move to continue providing value to its travel cardholders. Anyone holding a travel-oriented Capital One card—including the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card, Capital One Spark Miles for Business, or Capital One Spark Miles Select for Business—can redeem their ‘miles’ for more than travel.

Depending on the card you hold, now you can use your miles for restaurants (including takeout and delivery), streaming services, or phone services.

Venture-Branded Cards

The Capital One Venture continues to be a sound card for everyday spending, thanks to the 2X Venture Miles earned on every dollar. These miles can then be either converted into airline miles or hotel points with Capital One's ever-expanding list of partners or redeemed at 1¢ per mile to “erase” travel purchases.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Offer Enjoy a one-time bonus of 75,000 Miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening.
Following the revamp of Capital One's rewards program and the addition of airline transfer partners, the Capital One Venture has catapulted into our list of top travel rewards cards. The ability to earn 2X miles on every purchase provides a decent return on spending. Plus the card offers some great perks.
  • Earn 75,000 Miles once you spend $4,000 on purchases within 3 months from account opening; worth $750 in travel if redeemed for a fixed-value, or potentially much more when transferred to airline partners
  • 2 Miles on every purchase
  • Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® (up to $100)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $95 annual fee
  • 2 Miles per dollar on every purchase, every day. 5 Miles on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel. 5 Miles per dollar when you book on Turo, the world’s largest car sharing marketplace, through May 16, 2023.

In April 2020, as travel almost completely shut down, Capital One temporarily added two more redemption options for Capital One Venture and Capital One VentureOne holders. Now you can use your miles—at the same 1¢ per mile value—to erase purchases made with:

  • Restaurants (including takeout and delivery) — includes Uber Eats, Postmates, DoorDash, local restaurants, cafes, and fast-food chains
  • Streaming Services — includes Disney+, Spotify, Netflix, Hulu, and Kindle Unlimited
Capital One's last email about this promotion was sent in June 2020. But, the promotion has been extended since.

If Capital One was trying to pinpoint what people are spending their money on right now, I think they’ve nailed it! Most cardmembers will be making purchases—or have made purchases in the past 90 days—in these categories, making it easy to use miles to erase them if you’d rather save the cash. After multiple extensions, this redemption option is available through June 30, 2021 for purchases made in the past 90 days.

Spark Miles Branded Cards

In a similar vein, Capital One has announced that holders of the Spark Miles and the Spark Miles Select will also gain the ability to redeem for restaurant takeout and delivery. However, in place of the streaming services option offered to Venture products, Spark Miles products now allow cardholders to erase purchases made with:

  • Eligible wireless phone service providers — including mobile phone bills, payments, and purchases with AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, and select others. Exclusions include landline services, internet, and Wi-Fi.

These redemptions are offered at the same 1¢ per mile rate and are limited to redemptions made by June 30, 2021.

Capital One Spark Miles for Business
Capital One Spark Miles for Business
Annual Fee$0 intro for first year; $95 after that
Welcome Offer Earn a one-time bonus of 50,000 miles - equal to $500 in travel - once you spend $4,500 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening
The Capital One Spark Miles for Business is one of just a handful of business rewards cards offering at least a 2% return on business expenses (issued as 2x Miles). Your rewards never expire as long as your account is open and in good standing.
  • Earn 50,000 bonus miles once you spend $4,500 on purchases within 3 months from account opening; worth $500 in travel if redeemed for a fixed-value, or potentially much more when transferred to airline partners
  • 2 Miles per $1 on every purchase, everywhere
  • Fee credit for Global Entry or TSA Pre✔® (up to $100)
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • $0 intro for first year; $95 after that
  • Earn unlimited 2X miles per dollar on every purchase, everywhere, no limits or category restrictions, and miles won't expire for the life of the account

Final Thoughts

While adding new redemption options is never a bad thing, this news shouldn’t change the long-term value proposition for any of these cards. In the case of the Capital One Venture or the Spark Miles, earning 2X on every purchase and redeeming at 1¢ per mile essentially makes it at least a 2% cashback card.

If that’s a reward strategy that you like, there are plenty of better card options accomplishing the same thing with no annual fee—including the Citi® Double Cash Card or the American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card (Rates & Fees).

What this news ultimately demonstrates is Capital One’s ability to quickly react to circumstances to continue providing customers with value. Although transferring to partners for travel remains the best value for your Capital One Miles, there’s nothing wrong with redeeming for your Netflix subscription if cash is tight.

For rates and fees of the cards mentioned in this post, please visit the following links: American Express Blue Business Cash™ Card (Rates & Fees)

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  • chiho lee says:

    How does this offer compare to barclay deals and chase sapphire?

    • JT Genter says:

      Chase Sapphire cardholders can redeem points for 1 cent per point for a statement credit on all purchases. Chase Sapphire Preferred and Chase Sapphire Reserve cardholders can get a higher redemption rate (1.25 and 1.5 cents per point, respectively) toward eligible purchases through Pay Yourself Back.

      I’m not familiar with Barclay Deals though.

  • I have to admit that I find the complexity of many rewards programs to be to the program sponsor’s benefit. What’s the most effective way to understand which redemption options are of the most value to me as a program member, and to what extent is it in the sponsor’s interest to ensure that I am aware of the most valuable options? This complexity is one of the reasons I primarily rely on cashback cards alone.

  • Capital One has really ramped up its gam recently.

  • Marcel Benz says:

    Capital One Venture seems to be he way to go, especially if you don’t own a business

  • I dumped the card when I was shutoff from using it and plastiq to pay my mortgage, as you said there are better cash back card like those from bofa if you get status with bofa

  • Nice option to have extra redemption choices while we’re still waiting for international travel to rebound….really interested to see what additional travel partners capital one adds to its list over time once int’l travel gets back to something resembling normal volume.

  • one of my favorite cards!

  • Boy, Capital One has really been adding alot of value lately.

  • Jennifer says:

    I would definitely just go with the Citibank cash back mastercard. It has no annual fee and gives you 2% cash back.

  • My husband and I have been Sparks Anders for a very long time and yet somehow missed this announcement the first time around! I have been wondering what to do with our accumulating miles. Normally this is terrific. I am moving the streaming services charges over tax card today and will start to use my miles for this cost. He will basically cancel out streaming subscriptions. What a wonderful bonus.

  • Likewise, I wish Amex offered a structure similar to this

  • That’s why I am still keeping my Cap1 Venture during these corona days.

  • I wish Amex Platinum did something to encourage me to renew my card since my travel is at a standstill

  • CapOne cards and categories can be iffy, but as I’m looking for a way to get my college kid involved in making smart choices, the savorone makes sense. Most of his spending is restaurants and movies anyway. Not so much movies these days, of course. It’s good to see all the companies adapting to the reality of the situation.

    • That’s a great idea. I have friends that are happy with the Savor and will get your kid interested/motivated with how cc and points work.

  • More options are always welcome. Great move!

  • Michaelj1 says:

    The extension of the ability to use Capital One miles for delivery, takeout, and streaming services is smart for the bank and smart for the cardholder.

  • Marta G Laporte says:

    Great move for capital one. Not only support travelers when travelling, but also at home. During diffcult times, alternatives like this are a good way to engage with us! Looking forward for more info.

  • Good move, and who knows how long companies are forced to evolve like this. Guess we’ll see.

  • Providing this value, I can see Chase Saphire Reserve/Preferred customers switching over to Capitol One- All about customer service!

  • Good move by Capital One, especially with Chase adding new temporary bonus categories for the Sapphire cards.

  • Hopefully, more benefits will be debuted because the pandemic will last longer than we would like.

  • We will need the new options for much longer because the second wave is coming.

    • I have higher hopes. Chase just introduced new quarterly categories so let’s see what happens in September. That will be telling.

  • Thanks for the heads up! I love saving on cell service.

  • More options. Excellent by Capital One Miles

  • Thanks Capital One. I’ve had their Venture card for a long time and adding these redemption options really helps.

  • This is a great initiative by Capital one. I have the Venture card and I am definitely looking forward to utilizing these new redemption options.

  • I agree. There are better options out there, but I like that Capital One has reworked their offers to better accommodate their customers. Look to others to follow suit!

    • I think Capital One is actually the one following suit. But most/many cards are doing it so we as consumers win.

  • Great addition to help out cardholders in these strange times. Seeing a lot of announcements on benefit changes, more redemption options, grocery/restaurant bonuses, etc. in the past few days.

  • This is a good idea on the part of Capital One. Everyone seems to be doing takeout and Netflix. So it will save us customers money.

    • Do some people get really tired of buying delivery meals? It is not exactly healthy nor cheap. Besides, people have time nowadays.

  • They should stimulate the usage with transfer bonuses for miles.

  • Sure wish Capital one would give other options for rewards on their GM credit card!!!

  • Jennifer says:

    This is a good thing since no one can redeem for travel right now. We all definitely still have to eat and most people opt to have it delivered since they are not allowed out.

  • Wow! That’s awesome. So many companies are really stepping up to the plate and trying to win over customers.

  • I don’t really understand the Venture and Spark. As the article says, they are essentially 2% cash back cards with annual fees.

  • I’ve listened to a lot of people who prefer cards from other banks/companies, but this is why I love my Capital One card! The customer service is always exceptional, and programs like this prove the amount of consideration towards their customers, because without satisfied customers there’s no bottom line for the company.

  • I believe that in this context of uncertainty, it is best to give priority to consumption of cards that are associated with traveler programs (for example, city with a disadvantage)

  • As you said, not much value change overall. But more options are good. Frankly maybe being able to stream something can make your kid’s day, which is worth more than money, etc. So overall a positive for sure.

  • Nice to have new redemption options while we can’t travel now.

  • Where is this bank from?

    • It’s out of the US, specifically, started in Virginia and currently headquartered there in McLean, right outside Washington, DC.

  • great move on CapitalOne’s part! Travel cards from other major companies will see a huge decline in sign-up and usage.