Capital One has officially entered the airport lounge wars.
The company behind the popular *capital one venture card* and the premium *venture x* opened its first branded airport lounge in Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) in 2021. Now, they’ve followed it up with a second lounge at Washington-D.C.-Dulles (IAD), which while smaller boasts many of the same qualities that made the Dallas lounge so incredible. At least two more lounges are on the way, plus some hybrid lounge-dining spaces for Capital One cardholders to enjoy while waiting for a flight.
But how can you get access to these Capital One lounges? What credit cards get you in for free, and what other ways can you get in? Where can you find these lounges – and what will you find inside, anyway?
Keep reading for everything you need to know before you next visit to a Capital One airport lounge.
- Capital One Lounge Locations
- Capital One Lounge Access Requirements
- Capital One Lounge Access Restrictions
Capital One Lounge Locations
What airports have Capital One lounges? So far, Capital One has just two airport lounges: One in Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and another in Washington-D.C.-Dulles (IAD). But at least two more Capital One lounges are set to open eventually.
Capital One had planned to open its next lounge location in Denver (DEN) in 2022, but the bank quietly delayed that projected opening date until sometime in 2023. A fourth lounge is planned for Las Vegas (LAS), but no firm opening date has been announced.
Beyond that, Capital One clearly has plans to build out even more branded lounges to challenge the likes of Amex Centurion lounges as well as Chase Sapphire Lounges, of which there are currently only two to date.
Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Capital One Lounge
The DFW Capital One lounge officially opened its doors in early November 2021. And right off the bat, it blows almost every U.S. airport lounge out of the water.
This is a truly impressive space, clocking in at roughly 10,000 square feet with amazing design and decor, comfortable seating with power outlets almost everywhere, and floor-to-ceiling windows to watch planes come and go on the runway below. You'll find it near Gate D22 in DFW's D Terminal, which is home to American Airlines.
There are also amenities you won't find in many other U.S. airport lounges, including two shower suites, a workout studio equipped with two Peloton bikes, two relaxation rooms, and even multi-faith prayer rooms.
But the shining star of the Dallas Capital One lounge is its food and drink program – and yes, all food and drink is free once you're inside. From a bowl of Korean bulgogi to fresh-made hummus and bacon mac and cheese, every single bite is delicious. The bar is stocked with free wines, beers, and craft cocktails, including a very tasty butter pecan Old Fashioned. And there are pour-your-own stations with water, soda, juices, and draft cold brew or lattes, too.
There's also a grab-and-go cooler full of fresh salads, sandwiches, and snacks if you want to pop into the lounge and grab something nice to eat that won't set you back $18 to $25 or more like most mediocre airport fare.
Read our full review of the Capital One lounge in Dallas (DFW)!
Again: All of this is free. From the space to the food to the drinks and everything in between, this DFW lounge is a step above almost any other airport lounge in the U.S., and more are on the way…
Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD) Capital One Lounge
Capital One opened the doors second lounge at Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD) in September 2023 and it replicates much of the excellence it debuted at its first lounge location in Dallas.
The Capital One Dulles Lounge is located in the main terminal building just after clearing airport security. The 8,500-square-foot lounge has the same top-notch food and drinks – all complimentary. And the full bar has local craft beer on tap and cocktails inspired by the D.C. area.
There's also a full-service coffee cafe, and the baristas can make your drinks to go or to enjoy in the lounge itself. Our favorite part? The latte art.
Given the lounge's smaller size, it lacks some of the fancier amenities of the Dallas lounge. For instance, there are no showers, fitness or relaxation rooms.
But there is an expansive grab-and-go section right when you walk in. With the lounge located a good 10-plus minute walk from any gates, travelers can simply drop into the lounge and grab a sandwich or a snack to take with them on their flight.
Denver (DEN) Capital One Lounge
Capital One Lounge Denver Opening Date: 2023
The credit card company is planning another Capital One lounge in Denver (DEN).
While there's no official opening date yet, the company maintains its Denver lounge will open sometime before the end of 2023.
The plans call for an 11,200 square-foot space in Denver's Concourse A – home to American, Delta, Frontier, and a handful of other, smaller airlines. But all the Denver concourses are connected by tram, so anyone should be able to easily get there.
Because Capital One knows many of its cardholders connect through Denver, it's placing even more emphasis on lounge amenities like more relaxation rooms and shower suites. But beyond that, we don't know much about what's in store.
Las Vegas (LAS) Capital One Lounge
Capital One Lounge Las Vegas Opening Date: TBA
A fourth Capital One lounge is in the works in Las Vegas (LAS).
After losing out on a bid for a smaller space in the C gates to Chase, Capital One got approval for a location at the center of the D concourse, not far from the American Express Las Vegas Centurion Lounge.
The initial plans call for a 7,875-square-foot space with many of the same excellent amenities you'll find at Capital One's existing lounges including a grab-and-go food section, full bar, and coffee cafe, including cold brew and draft lattes, among other items. The plans also indicate there'll be soundproof relaxation rooms, luggage lockers, power at every chair, and high-speed Wi-Fi throughout the lounge.
Capital One hasn't provided a timeline for the Las Vegas location, but based on the other lounges we don't expect it to open anytime soon.
Other Future Capital One Lounge Locations
Capital One has made clear that they're not going to stop at just four U.S. lounges. But they're being tight-lipped about where their next location might be located.
Airport real estate is about as cutthroat as it gets. The company is likely weighing where their cardmembers are traveling as well as where the physical space to build out a Capital One lounge is actually available as they scout out their next location.
Capital One Landings
To complement its lounges, Capital One announced earlier this year it will open sit-down dining spaces in both Washington, D.C.-Reagan (DCA) and New York City-LaGuardia (LGA). They'll be called Capital One Landings, and the food and beverage programs at both outlets will focus on Spanish-style tapas. It's all spearheaded by the award-winning celebrity chef and humanitarian José Andrés and his José Andrés Group.
They're not quite full-blown airport lounges – and certainly shouldn't be expected to match the high bar Capital One set at its lounges in Dallas and Dulles with top-notch seating, amenities, and decor. It's safe to assume the access policies will mirror those at the Capital One lounges, but beyond that, Capital One hasn't released many details about these new spaces.
Here's what we do know:
- The Capital One Landing space in Washington, D.C.-Reagan (DCA) will be located after security in Terminal 2 near the intersection of the new National Hall and Concourse D, clocking in at 5,483 square feet.
- The Capital One Landing space in New York City-LaGuardia (LGA) will measure in at 10,700 square feet in the new Terminal B (which is also home to the LaGuardia Amex Centurion Lounge), sporting an indoor-out-door dining space with New York City skyline views.
- Capital One says both locations will open “in the not-so-distant future.”
Capital One has said both spaces will open “early next year.”
Capital One Lounge Access Requirements
How to Get Access to Capital One Lounges
Capital One cardholders with eligible credit cards must show their card or digital lounge pass, which is available in the Capital One Mobile app, to qualify for complimentary or discounted access.
Whether you've got Capital One's top-of-the-line credit card or another card in your wallet, or have never been a Capital One customer, there's a way to get into these Capital One lounges.
Here are the exact requirements needed to get into the Capital One Lounge.
Capital One Venture X Gets You In Free
In November 2021, Capital One unveiled its premium credit card dubbed the Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card, a direct shot at the likes of the Chase Sapphire Reserve® and the Platinum Card® from American Express … with a much smaller price tag at just $395 a year. And it's the only way to get into these lounges for free.
Read more on the Capital One Venture X Card!
Venture X cardholders get complimentary access to all Capital One lounges. Just show your new Venture X card at the check-in desk or pull up their smartphone app.
They'll also get two guests free on each visit, paying $45 per additional guest after that. Children under two are free.
Learn more about the *venture x*.
Beyond that, Capital One Venture X cardholders can add up to four authorized users to their accounts for free. Each authorized user will get their own lounge access – including another two free guests! That's the most lucrative benefit you'll find on any premium travel credit card if you're hoping to share lounge access.
Read more about adding Capital One Venture X authorized users!
You'll get the same lounge benefits with the *venture x business*.
Other Capital One Venture X Lounge Access
While the footprint of the Capital One airport lounge network is small right now, Venture X cardholders have access to 1,200-plus other lounges across the globe.
Venture X cardholders also get a Priority Pass membership, with complimentary access for the cardholder and two guests into any Priority Pass lounge. Plus, membership through Venture X will also get you comped meals at Priority Pass airport restaurants – a benefit that other cards like Amex have cut.
Additionally, in June 2022, Capital One also added access to Plaza Premium Lounges, opening the doors to dozens more lounges abroad and at home. The Plaza Premium name also includes Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounges in four U.S. airports like New York City (JFK) and Washington, D.C.-Dulles (IAD); several lounges at the Cancún (CUN) airport; and Avianca lounges throughout Colombia. Here’s the full list of new lounges.
Two Free Annual Passes & Discounted Rates for Venture
Hundreds of thousands of travelers have a Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card in their wallets. They're about to get some free lounge passes, too.
Venture cardholders will get two free annual passes to visit the new Capital One lounge in Dallas and other upcoming locations. They won't, however, get free guests – that'll cost $45 each. One exception: Capital One has confirmed that Venture cardholders can use one of two free annual lounge passes to bring a guest with them.
Once they've used up those free passes, Venture cardholders can get a discounted entry rate of $45 per visit. Even after you've used up free passes, guests still cost $45 apiece.
Capital One Spark Miles cardholders will also get two free passes and discounted entry rates.
Whichever card you have, just show it at check-in or show an agent your Capital One app to get in.
Paid Entry for All
Don't have a Capital One card in your wallet? You can still pay your way into the Capital One lounge.
Anyone can pay $65 to enter the lounge. That's on the steep side … and that's likely by design as a way to try to limit overcrowding in these lounges. Most other lounges that allow paid entry charge $40 or so.
Capital One Lounge Access Restrictions
Whether you're grabbing the Venture X Card or simply paying your way in, you can't just waltz into the new Capital One at any time.
Capital One has said it will restrict entry to flyers with a boarding pass no more than three hours before departure. That mimics the same policy Amex enacted (and more recently, the Delta Sky Club) at its Centurion lounges a few years ago to limit crowding. But in this case, you still can't get into the Capital One lounge even during a longer layover.
That policy also states you can't get into the Capital One Lounge upon arrival unless you've got a connection.
Capital One now has two lounges open in Dallas and Washington, D.C.-Dulles, and more locations are on the way.
Capital One has a ways to go to rival the likes of Amex Centurion Lounges in terms of how many locations are open. But if they can expand, these lounges are absolutely incredible and could quickly take the crown for the best airport lounge network in the country.
Capital One is reserving free access to these lounges for cardholders with its new, top-tier Venture X Card. But even travelers with the popular Capital One Venture Card can get in free twice a year – and pay a bit less than everyday travelers after that.