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Capital One has begun publishing disclosures that the offer for unlimited 10X miles on eligible bookings through Hotels.com will expire on January 31, 2020. The benefit currently applies to the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card and the Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card for bookings made at hotels.com/venture. This partnership was first announced in January 2018, with an initial term of two years. While we're disappointed that it hasn't been extended, we're holding out hope it might be replaced with something similar.
Editor's note: AwardWallet keeps a close eye on the benefits that come with popular rewards cards to help you maximize your travel savings. We published this article after seeing that the end date for the Capital One benefit had been published in multiple places where it didn’t appear previously.
In a recent post, Gary Leff pointed out that the promotion may be extended, (which we also mentioned at the bottom of this post). For the avoidance of doubt, Capital One has not made a formal announcement that the benefit is definitely ending. But they also have not confirmed an extension.
- Capital One is ending 10x points for Hotels.com bookings on 1/31/2020.
- New and existing Venture cardholders can continue to use the benefit until the deadline.
- You must make the booking through the Capital One Hotels.com portal.
- You must use the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card or Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card cards to pay for your booking.
It's sad to see Capital One end 10x points on Hotels.com purchases. This has long been a customer favorite, especially when booking boutique and independent hotels that aren't a part of a loyalty program. However, it's good to see Capital One give adequate notice so cardholders can plan future hotel bookings and take advantage of the promotion.
One of our favorite features of this offer is that it stacks with Hotels.com Rewards. This program gives you a free hotel stay every after you make 10 paid bookings. The value of this free night is the average of your past 10 bookings, effectively giving you another 10% back on your Hotels.com bookings.
But don't lose hope yet. In the past, we've seen popular promotions be extended past their original expiry date. For example, British Airways extended its 10% AARP discount last year. Hopefully, Hotels.com and Capital One will work something out before January. If not, this change would eliminate one of our favorite benefits for the Venture cards, so Capital One would be wise to come up with a good replacement.
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