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Get Up To 100,000 Miles with Capital One Venture’s “Match My Miles”

by on March 29, 2011

Aw nerds! Looks like this page may be out of date. Head over to our Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card page for updated info.

Update as of 4/5/11: Capital One hit their 1 billion mile cap more than a month early, so this program has now come to an end. Those who have already been approved for credit cards are still eligible to submit their paperwork for the match. See the full details here.

Starting today, Capital One (along with Alec Baldwin, for some reason) is offering up to 100,000 bonus miles for new Venture Rewards Card applicants, by matching your previously-accumulated credit card rewards from another airline credit card. So for example, if you are currently a United, Delta, or Continental credit cardholder, Capital One is going to double the miles you’ve earned, up to 100,000.

And since Venture miles aren’t restricted to a single airline, or even restricted to airfare, you can use these extra miles to pay for any travel expenses you have coming up.  That means flights on other airlines, hotel stays, rental cars, or any other travel-specific expenses.

How does it work?

  1. Apply for a Venture Rewards card before May 13, 2011, and wait for an email from CapOne with further instructions.
  2. Register your account online and submit proof of any airline miles you’ve earned on one other airline credit card. You’re going to want to ACT FAST, because the statement has to be sent within 45 days, and they’re capping the total payout at a billion miles.
  3. Spend $1,000 within the first 90 days of opening the account, and those miles are yours.

Combine this with other offers for the big-time free money

If you’ve recently earned 50,000 bonus miles with a Continental OnePass Plus, or if you were lucky enough to score 75,000 miles with AAdvantage, then this new offer will be especially powerful.

I, for one, just got credited 80k miles from Citibank for the AA card, so I am eligible to earn an additional 80k Venture miles thanks to CapOne…

Worried that it’s too good to be true?

Follow my application progress.  So far Capital One has been great with the email feedback, and everything has been approved!

Eligible airline credit cards

  • Alaska Airlines Visa Card
  • American Airlines Card
  • Continental Airlines Card
  • Delta SkyMiles Card from American Express
  • Frontier Airlines MasterCard
  • Hawaiian Airlines Visa Card
  • JetBlue Card from American Express
  • Spirit Airlines Free SPIRIT MasterCard
  • United Mileage Plus Visa Card
  • US Airways Dividend Miles MasterCard
  • Virgin America Visa Card
  • AirTran Airways A+ Visa Card (1,000 Venture miles per A+ Rewards Credit)
  • Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Visa Card (1200 Venture miles per Rapid Rewards Credit)
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  • Kim

    It’s a scam. The very fine print on redemption is the real catcher…… Your miles are redeemed at the rate of one CENT per mile, up to $1,100.00 credit for travel purchases. So while they technically can say they are “matching” the miles in your current account, they certainly don’t redeem them the same way.

    • http://www.nerdwallet.com NerdWallet

      Hey Kim, that’s not actually a scam. They don’t say anywhere that they are matching your airline’s miles with the same miles, but rather that they are matching your airline’s miles with Capital One Venture No Hassle Miles.

      I actually think this is better. Your airline’s miles have variable value, and can only be redeemed for flights on your airline. Meanwhile, No Hassle Miles are always worth 1 cent and can be redeemed for hotels, rental cars, and flight on any airline.

      So for example, if you get them to match 50,000 airline miles of yours, you can use your airline miles to book a flight, and then use your new $500 worth of Venture Rewards to pay for a hotel stay.

      Try these links for more information about the Venture Rewards card, or about No Hassle Miles.

      • Denver

        Also, each $1 spent is equal to 2 miles which equates to a fixed 2% return anytime!

  • Anonymous

     I signed up. Got the card. Within two weeks they accepted my United miles and gave me the bonus miles, I redeemed them for $1,200 in gas cards. Haven’t paid for gas since. A very good deal.

  • Businessact2003

    I registered my account, got a passcode.  I submited my AA miles with 160,000 miles. statement via Fax.  Now, Capital One said that I never registered or submit my miles and refused to credit my account for 100,000 miles.  What a scam.  I just cancelled my Capital One card

  • VP

    I applied for cards, got approved, registered and try submitting statement for miles for the 100000 miles match was not able to do it on the web so faxed the statement in early april…FUP to make sure they received my paperwork…they said they did and told me it takes months to see 100000 credit to the acct…I fup in aug..nothing…FUP in nov 2011 again and final ans they denied me creadit…that I never registered…Now their site have glitches where process is difficult to complete..Its their word against mine…They do not want to match my miles…Shame on them…I am so mad at these companies who get out of doing the right thing by customer who follows all the steps and does a right thing..

    If Mr. Baldwin is reading it I say get on Capital one’s butt and get this thing done..I am one dissatisfied customer who was cheated out…They wont give me name and number of the decision maker nor they comit for them to call me back…Wht is a customer to do?

  • MN

    Sounds exactly like my story. Jumped through all their hoops and waited, as they asked, for several months. Made a call or two in the meantime waiting, and no mileage match. Now they say I didn’t register. VERY DISSATISFIED.