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Compare the Features and Benefits of American Airlines AAdvantage® MileUp® and
Capital One VentureOne Rewards Credit Card

Detailed Comparison Overview

Key Facts
Annual Fee
Avg. Min. Credit Score
APR on purchases
APR on balance transfers
Ongoing APR
Balance transfers fees
Best Multiplier
Avg. Point Value
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Bonus Offer
Rating
Review
Key features
Unique Card Benefits
Extended Warranty
Free Access to Credit Score
No Fees for Authorized Users
0% Intro APR on Purchases
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
Earns Transferable Points
Purchase Protection
Trip Protections
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Concierge Services
Annual Fee
$0
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
APR on purchases
-
APR on balance transfers
-
Ongoing APR
20.99%-29.99% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
-
Best Multiplier
2x Airfare

Earn 2X miles per dollar on eligible American Airlines purchases; otherwise earn 1X

2x Groceries
1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.014
Bonus Offer

Earn 10,000 bonus AAdvantage® miles and a $50 statement credit when you spend $500 in your first 3 months.

Rating
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(3.88) Our Review

Our ratings are determined by the authors and editors on our team. Each individual card feature is compared against all other cards we offer and the total score is an average of those 4 ratings.

Review

For occasional travelers that fly American Airlines and are looking to earn miles with the airline, then the AAdvantage® MileUp card could be a solid option.

And while you might not think about this card if you are already an American Airlines elite traveler, you may find the bonus categories more beneficial than the $99 fee Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite MasterCard since you already have the additional benefits like free checked bags and priority boarding via your status.

This beginner-friendly card, with no annual fee, is ideal for those who don’t travel often enough to justify a more expensive, premium card.

The AAdvantage® MileUp also has a competitive 2X bonus category rate at grocery stores (including grocery delivery services) and eligible American Airlines purchases.

And remember, all base miles earned via spend on this card count as Loyalty Points towards AAdvantage® status.

In addition, you’ll get 25% off inflight food and beverage purchases and there’s no mileage cap on the card. American Airlines miles can be used on over 1,000 worldwide destinations, as you can use them for American Airlines, American Eagle and any Oneworld alliance or non-alliance partner airlines.

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However, there are some significant downsides to consider as well. While this is an airline-specific card, the MileUp card doesn’t include many airline perks, such as a free checked bag perk or preferred boarding. In addition, there’s a relatively modest welcome bonus and the card charges a foreign transaction fee (so you won’t want to use this card abroad).

And if you do fly American Airlines (and Oneworld partner airlines or JetBlue) more than a couple of times per year, but are not elite already, there are some better options out there, including those from American Airlines. That includes the mid-tier Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard, offering the first checked bag free, and the premium Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard, offering Admirals Club lounge access.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
yes
0% Intro APR on Purchases
no
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
no
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
no
Earns Transferable Points
no
Purchase Protection
no
Trip Protections
no
No Foreign Transaction Fees
no
Concierge Services
no
Annual Fee
$0
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
APR on purchases
0% Intro APR (on purchases for 15 months, 19.99%-29.99% thereafter)
APR on balance transfers
0% Intro APR (on balance transfers for 15 months, 19.99%-29.99% thereafter)
Ongoing APR
19.99%-29.99% (Variable)
Balance transfers fees
Balance transfer fee applies
Best Multiplier
5x Hotels

Only when booked via the Capital One Travel Portal; otherwise earn 1.25X miles per dollar.

5x Car Rentals

Only when booked via the Capital One Travel Portal; otherwise earn 1.25X miles per dollar.

1.25x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
(Learn More)
$0.016
Bonus Offer
20,000 miles when you spend $500 within 3 months
Rating
YBCC Card Rate Stars Filled
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(4) Our Review

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Review

The no-annual-fee VentureOne Rewards Card is almost identical to the $95 per year Capital One Venture card with two major differences: It earns 1.25x miles per dollar on most purchases (while the Venture earns 2x), and it has less of a generous sign up bonus.

With the ability to transfer miles to travel partners or use miles to cover the cost of whatever travel charges you wish — along with a simple rewards structure — the VentureOne card is a decent no-annual-fee option. On the earnings front, Capital One miles are pretty much as easy as it gets. You’ll earn rewards at a rate of 1.25X miles per dollar spent on pretty much everything, with 5X miles per dollar spent on hotels and rental cars booked through Capital One Travel. That’s a bit lower than many other cards on the market, but on the flip side, many of those cards don’t offer the ability to outright transfer rewards to airlines and hotels, either.

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Capital One’s redemption process is similar to other programs, such as Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards, with transferable points often providing a higher value for your travel rewards. Some high-value ways to use Capital One miles include redeeming with Air Canada Aeroplan, Turkish Miles & Smiles, and Virgin Red (redeem miles for Virgin Voyages and Virgin Atlantic). For simplicity’s sake, you can also book travel however you want, then redeem miles for a statement credit for some or all of the cost. Miles are worth a flat 1 cent apiece when redeemed this way — and there’s no minimum redemption amount.

On top of all of that, there’s a respectable array of travel and purchase protections (similar to the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card but not nearly as robust as the $395-per-year Capital One Venture X Rewards credit card).

This card is really best suited for those that are adamant about not paying an annual fee, want the flexibility to redeem their rewards for cash back, airline miles, or hotel points, and have no desire to be charged pesky foreign transaction fees when they travel abroad.

One “trick” worth knowing is that Capital One allows you to combine from a cash back card to another cash back card or from a cash back card to a miles card. So you could, for example, have both this card and a SavorOne card (with multipliers for dining and entertainment) and then combine your cash from the SavorOne to your VentureOne miles. They would convert at one point per cent.

Lastly, how might you decide between the Venture and the VentureOne when the Venture has an annual fee of $95, but earns 2X miles per dollar vs. 1.25 miles per dollar on the VentureOne?

The calculation is that at roughly $12,500 in annual spend, you would be better off, even with the $95 annual fee, with the Capital One Venture Rewards Credit Card as the additional rewards earned become more than the annual fee.

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
Free Access to Credit Score
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
no
0% Intro APR on Purchases
yes
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
yes
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Earns Transferable Points
yes
Purchase Protection
yes
Trip Protections
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Concierge Services
yes

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