Do Capital One Rewards Expire?

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Capital One Rewards do not expire as long as your account is in good standing. If you close your account, you will lose any rewards that have not been redeemed. This applies to miles rewards and cash rewards.

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The single most important thing to remember with Capital One Rewards is that if you close your account (and haven't transferred your points to an airline partner), your points will be lost. If you are considering the closure of an account, ensure you drain your balance using fixed-value redemptions or convert your points to airline miles to prevent losing your rewards. Remember, when you earn rewards with Capital One, they're kept with Capital One unless you transfer them to partners.

Capital One Rewards are stored differently than the rewards that you might earn with the Marriott Bonvoy™ American Express® Card. Rewards earned on a monthly basis with the Marriott Bonvoy Amex are deposited into your Marriott Rewards account. While they're earned in a similar manner to the rewards you'd earn from the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card, by everyday use of your credit card, Capital One deposits those rewards into a Capital One Rewards account whereas American Express deposits the Marriott points into your Marriott account. Those deposited Bonvoy points are then in your Marriott account, and the points expiration policy is dictated by Marriott. You could close your Marriott Bonvoy Amex at any time, and it would have no impact on the points you've earned.

Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card
Annual Fee$95
Welcome Offer Earn 100,000 Miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months.
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 100,000 Miles when you spend $20,000 on purchases in the first 12 months from account opening, or still earn 50,000 miles if you spend $3,000 on purchases in the first 3 months; worth $600 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.

What Happens if you Close a Credit Card?

If you close a credit card, the rewards associated with that card are lost. If you earn miles using the Venture or Spark Miles cards, you can transfer your points to airline miles prior to closing your card so you don't lose your rewards points.


What About Expiration Due to Inactivity?

Many rewards programs have points that expire due to inactivity; however, that is not the case with Capital One Rewards. If you’re ever concerned about points expiring, or somehow losing your rewards, call the number on the back of your card to address your particular concern.

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    A lot of folks at work have a rewards card from Capital One and mentioned they have really good reward cards. I might have to check them out.

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    This will be a program for me to research 🙂

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    Cindi Anderson says:

    I used this card for years but now have the Alliant cash back card which is 3% the first year, then 2.5%. I always liked Cap One but now they have lost me. Last year they agreed to waive my fee. I kept some spend on the card because the autopays are already set up and it’s my oldest card so it helps my credit score. I didn’t know if I’d be charged the fee this year, so waited to see. The day it posted I called to downgrade to the no fee card which earns 1.25% instead of 2%, and they wouldn’t reverse the annual fee that they charged that day. But they said I can cancel and get the annual fee reversed. How dumb is that? Thanks for the memories.

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    It sure would be nice to see tCap One’s mileage-balance-match sign-up offer come back around!

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    Karen Klein says:

    Good to know, however, I do prefer my Chase UR. Have you done a post on the benefits of Capital One points? I have looked into the card in the past and I think I have come to the conclusion that Chase Ultimate Rewards are better.

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      We haven’t compared them. The true value in Capital One Rewards is that they are ultimately flexible as they have a fixed cash value of 1 penny per point and can be used for anything.

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    Just redeem for cash/credit in your account.

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    No need to hold on the capital one as they are straight cash so I redeem asap.

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    That’s good to know. This is a card I don’t use that much and it will take a while to accumulate any relevant number of points!

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    Phew, that’s a relief! With all of my miles expiring on various airlines, I’m glad I have one safe haven…