This week, Capital One announced that the holders of select Capital One Venture-branded and Spark Miles cards can now access select Plaza Premium lounges worldwide. The move adds a further 100+ lounges to the list of over 1,300 lounges you can access with eligible Capital One credit cards.

Capital One Cards Plaza Premium Lounges Access Terms

With the new changes, cardholders of three Capital One cards can now access the Plaza Premium Lounge network:

  • The Capital One Venture X Rewards Credit Card now provides unlimited complimentary to 100+ Plaza Premium lounges in addition to the over 1,300 Priority Pass lounges you can already access. This unlimited access also applies to Capital One Venture X authorized users.
  • Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card holders can now use their two complimentary annual lounges visits at Plaza Premium Lounges.
  • Capital One Spark Miles for Business holders can now use their two complimentary annual lounges visits at Plaza Premium Lounges.

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Plaza Premium Lounge Network Overview

Plaza Premium lounges is a lounge network similar to Priority Pass — but on a much smaller scale. One of the main differences is that Plaza Premium operates its own lounges where Priority Pass partners with existing lounges.

The Plaza Premium network has a much smaller footprint with just over 100 lounges worldwide. In the U.S. and Canada, there are Plaza Premium Lounges at the following locations:

  • Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW)
  • Newark (EWR)
  • New York Kennedy (JFK)
  • San Francisco (SFO)
  • Washington D.C. (IAD)
  • Edmonton (YEG)
  • Montreal (YUL)
  • Toronto (YYZ)
  • Vancouver (YVR)
  • Winnipeg (YWG)

At first glance, the list may seem a little underwhelming. But, it is the quality of lounges that counts. The list includes the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at San Francisco SFO:

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Not to mention, you can now use your Capital One Venture X to access the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York’s JFK Terminal 4.

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In fact, you should be able to access all US-based Virgin Atlantic Clubhouses using the new Plaza Premium perk — except the Clubhouse at Boston Logan International BOS. If you don’t hold the Capital One Venture X card, but hold the Amex Platinum card, then you can use that card to gain access to the Plaza Premium lounge network when traveling. So, you have a backup option for lounge access.

Our Take

This is excellent news for Capital One credit card holders, especially Capital One Venture X. While the card is still not king of the hill of airport lounge access, the card takes another step up the ladder every time Capital One adds new access privileges. Between new Capital One Lounges and these new partnerships, the Capital One Venture X may start giving The Platinum Card® from American Express a run for its money as the best credit card for complimentary airport lounge access!

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