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Compare the Features and Benefits of American Express® Gold Card / Rose Gold Card 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
Earns Transferable Points
Trip Protections
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
Extended Warranty
Purchase Protection
No Foreign Transaction Fees
Annual Statement Credits
No Fees for Authorized Users
Metal Card
Amex Offers
0% Intro APR on Purchases
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
Concierge Services
Free Access to Credit Score
Annual Fee
$250 (Rates and fees)
Avg. Min. Credit Score
670-850 *
APR on purchases
-
APR on balance transfers
-
Ongoing APR
See Pay Over Time APR
Balance transfers fees
-
Best Multiplier
4x Groceries

4X Membership Rewards points per dollar spent on U.S. Supermarkets* (up to $25,000 a year; 1X thereafter)

4x Dining Out / Food Delivery

At restaurants worldwide and on takeout delivery within the U,S.

3x Airfare

Booked directly with the airline or via AmexTravel.com

1x Everything Else
Avg. Point Value
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$0.017
Bonus Offer
Earn 60,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend $6,000 in 6 months. Terms apply.
Rating
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(4.48) 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

The American Express Gold Card (and the Rose Gold version of the Amex Gold Card) is one of my favorite credit cards on the market.

While many cards have more bonus categories or more features, the simplicity of a card that earns 4X American Express Membership Rewards points on both dining and at U.S. supermarkets, given how much of my monthly spend is in one of these two categories, makes it an easy top-of-wallet choice. 3X on airfare is also nice.

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It helps that I have no problem at all using the included credits, living in a major metropolitan area. In fact, I’ve generally used both of the included credits at GrubHub and Uber Eats by the fifth of each month!

While I wouldn’t make it my only credit card, it definitely complements other cards nicely. If you already have the American Express Platinum Card, for example, you’d be better off using the Platinum card for its many benefits and 5X on airfare, but using your Amex Gold Card for your groceries and restaurant expenses.

Keep in mind that all of your American Express Membership Rewards points accrue to one master account. As long as you have at least one card open that earns Membership Rewards points, your points will never expire.

This includes no-annual fee cards like the Blue Business Plus.

Rates and Fees for the American Express® Gold Card

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Unique Card Benefits
yes
Earns Transferable Points
yes
Trip Protections
yes
Secondary Car Rental CDW Waiver
yes
Extended Warranty
yes
Purchase Protection
yes
No Foreign Transaction Fees
yes
Annual Statement Credits
yes
No Fees for Authorized Users
yes
Metal Card
yes
Amex Offers
yes
0% Intro APR on Purchases
no
0% Intro APR on Balance Transfers
no
Concierge Services
no
Free Access to Credit Score
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
YBCC Card Rate Stars Empty
(4) 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

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

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