Capital One customers to get a new lounge experience at Dulles

Posted: 21 February 2020 2:59 pm

man and woman in lounge

The credit card provider has announced that it will open a new airport lounge in its hometown airport.

Capital One is reportedly preparing to open its own lounge area at Washington’s Dulles Airport in 2021. According to details shared with the Washington Business Journal, the lounge — likely an exclusive benefit for Capital One cardholders — will be 9,100 square feet, located just past the security checkpoint and operated by TAV America Operations Services Inc., which also operates the Turkish American lounge at Dulles.

Details about what the Capital One lounge will feature is yet to be finalized, but it is rumored that the lounge will feature dining and premium drinking areas, a gym, a business service area, showers, a spa and a kid’s room.

“Capital One has won a bid to bring the bank’s first-ever airport lounge to customers traveling through Washington Dulles International Airport – just miles from its own headquarters,” the bank shared in an announcement. “As D.C.’s hometown bank, the win also highlights Capital One’s ongoing growth and commitment to the local D.C. area and its residents; our roots in the region are deep and we’re excited to keep expanding our presence and impact.”

If this lounge is truly cardholder exclusive, it will join ranks with Capital One Cafes, which can only be used by Capital One bank customers.

Airport lounges

Typically, airport lounges are reserved for first-class or business-class travelers. These segregated waiting areas allow travelers to relax in comfort, get a snack, have access to business services such as printing and document copying and not have to wait in long lines for boarding or passenger assistance. Some lounges have more advanced features like showers, gyms and spas.

However, certain credit cards offer their customers access to lounges due to various partnerships. Some notable credit cards to offer airport lounge access:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve. Access to the over 1,000 Priority Pass Airport Lounges around the world with enrollment into Priority Pass Select.
  • The Platinum Card from American Express. Free entry into the card’s Centurion Lounges, as well as Delta SkyClub Lounges and Priority Pass Select.
  • Chase United MileagePlus Club Card. Allows cardholder and guest free snacks and beverages from United Club and Star Alliance lounges globally. The card, however, does not allow for entry into these lounges, as a separate United Club membership is needed.
  • Citi/AAdvantage Executive World Elite Mastercard. Allows entry to the 50 American Airlines Admiral Club lounges for the cardholder and two traveling guests while flying American.

Dulles was chosen to be the host of the Capital One lounge due to the airport’s proximity to Capital One’s headquarters in McLean, Virginia. It is unknown if there will be any additional locations.

The airport’s selection “highlights Capital One’s ongoing growth and commitment to the local D.C. area and its residents” through “unique travel benefits, along with exclusive access and experiences, in areas they are passionate about,” according to the bank.

“We are committed to offering customers best in class travel cards that provide incredible value and flexibility, and that continue to become more rewarding,”

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