New: Capital One Travel Premier Collection hotels

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Announced today, Capital One Travel’s new Premier Collection offers cardholders additional perks for stays at select luxury hotels around the world.

What is Capital One’s Premier Collection?

Think of the Capital One Premier Collection as, plain and simple, a sort of Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts, Virtuoso, etc. This program offers additional perks at select luxury hotels for those with the Capital One Venture X Rewards credit card (review).

As described, the Capital One Premier Collection offers “a selection of unique luxury hotels and resorts, each full of personality and handpicked for exceptional quality”. Hundreds of hotels have been selected from a variety of brands including Small Luxury Hotels, Leading Hotels of the World, Six Senses, 1 Hotels, Proper Hotels and more.

The following are just some of the hotels that will be part of this collection:

  • The Ned NoMad in New York City
  • Montage Laguna Beach in California
  • 1 South Beach hotels in Florida
  • La Reserve Paris Hotel and Spa in Paris
  • Como Castello del Nero in Italy
  • Sugar Beach, a Viceroy Resort in St. Lucia
  • Euphoria retreat in Greece
  • Hotel Cafe Royal in London
  • Majestic hotel in Barcelona
  • The Carlin Hotel in New Zealand
  • The Plettenberg in South Africa

This new booking platform will be integrated with Capital One Travel, Capital One’s travel portal.

La Reserve Paris, part of the Premier Collection

What are the benefits of booking through Capital One’s Premier Collection?

Capital One Venture X owners can take advantage of the following benefits when booking through the Premier Collection:

  • A USD 100 experience credit (or local equivalent) to use on dining, spa and other activities during your stay
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • Free WiFi
  • Additional premium benefits where available, including early check-in, late check-out, room upgrade and more

Arguably the most interesting aspect of booking through Premier Collection is that those with the Capital One Venture X can earn 10x Venture Miles on Premier Collection bookings. In addition, you can earn hotel loyalty points and use status benefits if you qualify, just like at Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts and Virtuoso. It will also be possible to use Venture X’s $300 annual travel credit towards these bookings.

The Capital One Premier Collection booking page

My interpretation of the Capital One Premier Collection

There are dozens of programs that offer perks at luxury hotels. Some are operated by credit card companies (like Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts), some are independent networks for select travel agencies (like Virtuoso), and some are operated directly by hotel programs for select travel agencies (like Four Seasons Preferred Partners).

So what do I think of the new Premier Collection from Capital One Travel?

  • I wouldn’t read too much into the list of hotels which will be heavily curated etc as I imagine the hotels will almost entirely overlap with what is available through other programs; it sounds like the collection will initially be a bit smaller than some other programs
  • The opportunity to earn 10x Venture Miles with the Capital One Venture X on these hotel bookings is great as it is a significant return and is the main reason I would consider using this program
  • The catch is that if you’re staying at one of the major hotel groups, we’ve increasingly seen hotel groups set up their own luxury travel agency programs, and these generally offer better or prioritized perks; Hotels will generally prioritize upgrades for these guests, rates and promotions are often more combinable than through these credit card programs, etc.

The Capital One Premier Collection is definitely worth knowing and checking out if you are staying in a luxury property. However, there are many similar programs out there, and others may offer slightly better perks, more hotel choices, etc. in many situations.

Montage Laguna Beach, part of the Premier Collection

bottom line

The Capital One Premier Collection has just been announced, Capital One’s new luxury hotel collection for Capital One Venture X owners. You can receive additional perks for stays at select luxury hotels, including a hotel credit, breakfast and more to earn x10 Venture Points.

Earning extra points is exciting, but remember that other programs sometimes have better value.

What do you think of the new Capital One Premier Collection?


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