Top 5 Founders Card Benefits

What is the Founders Card?  The Founders Card describes itself as  “membership organization with exclusive benefits and networking for entrepreneurial minds.” It offers a variety of benefits and discounts to those who pay to become members.

How much does it cost to join? The current standard annual membership price as advertised is $795 however there are always ways to get discounted membership fees.  For example, a current member can refer you and you’ll pay $395.  The member who refers you gets “FCPoints” that can be collected and turned in for access to Founders Card events, gift cards, etc…  For example, you can exchange 100,000 points for a $500 Apple Gift card or 20,000 points for a Founders Card event.

What are the benefits?  There are dozens and dozens of advertised benefits. I’ll list a majority of them here and what, if any, success I’ve had using them. However, there are a few top benefits I’ll cover first.

1. Caesars Entertainment

  • 20% off most rooms and suites at select properties.
  • Complimentary Total Rewards® Diamond Status

I list this as a top 5 benefit for a few reasons. First, the benefit has been renewable year after year – meaning I’ve been able to renew Diamond status multiple times.  There is a Hilton Honors benefit of Gold Status, but it’s a one-time-only benefit and you can get Gold status from Hilton from a ton of different sources, so that’s not a top benefit in my mind.

2. Silver Car

  • 15% off all car reservations
  • Waived fuel refill fee and complimentary gas tank top off upon return of the car

This benefit works! It works consistently and is a great added value.

3. JetBlue

  • Complimentary JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic with the purchase and completion of two qualified round-trip flights
  • Earn up to 6 TrueBlue points for each Dollar spent on JetBlue flights

If you fly JetBlue at all, having Mosaic status is a great benefit.  Two round-trip flights is easy to complete as well.  While there currently is no discount being offered, there is frequently a 5% discount for JetBlue flights and I’ve used it successfully many times.  JetBlue is one of the few airlines in the program where the discount consistently worked (if at all.)

4.  UberConference

  • FoundersCard Members receive 9 months of Pro account free
  • Ongoing discount of 20% off Pro account thereafter

If you own a small business, or need to make conference calls, then this is a fabulous benefit. I’ve been using it for about a year now and the call quality is great!

5.  Vigin America

  • FoundersCard Members receive 5-12% off most fares
  • Virgin America Elevate® Elite Status Match from select US domestic airlines

If you fly Virgin America, this is a great benefit. You can get a status match based on your Delta, United or American Airlines status and keep it for another year by flying a reduced number of miles in the first 90 days.  The discounts seem to be available with some amount of frequency, though I’ve not actually booked a fight yet because Virgin is not in my market.

There are some other benefits which are currently not available that would have made the top 5 (hopefully they’ll be back soon) and that includes a status challenge on American Airlines.

Is there a benefit to having the Founders Card?  Yes, there certainly is.  Is it worth the cost? It really depends on which benefits you use and value the most.   To me, the events are of no value because they’re never close to my location.  So I’m not in it for the networking opportunities.  I enjoy the discounts on business services like UberConference, Moo, AT&T and UPS.  Some are of greater value than others.  I also use some of the lifestyle benefits from time to time but they don’t add up to a significant amount of savings alone to justify the card.  The travel benefits have been varied over time. Some of the travel benefits can pay for the cost of a membership in one use.  Others are nice to have’s and some provide no value at all.

If you’d like more information about the Founders Card benefits I’ve used, please leave a comment below. If you’d like to join and want to use my link, please do so //founderscard.com/membership?code=FCSTACEY066 (I’d appreciate it!)

Here are some of the benefits currently available (May 2015). Benefits change regularly so these may not be available when you join, so please check the current benefits carefully before making your decision.

There are 30 exclusive Travel benefits

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic
  • Complimentary Flying Club Silver Elite Status after completing one flight & Fast Track to Gold Elite Status*
  • Up to 20% off US & Vancouver originating Flights to the UK.
Hertz

Hertz
  • Increased Discounts: Up to 15% off Hertz Daily, Weekend, Weekly, and Monthly Rates in the United States. Up to 20% Discount in Europe.
  • Complimentary Hertz #1 Club Gold or #1 Club Gold FIVE STAR® membership.
Hilton HHonors™

Hilton HHonors™
  • FoundersCard Members Receive Complimentary Hilton HHonors™ Gold Status Membership.
Cathay Pacific Airways

Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Complimentary Marco Polo Club Silver Tier Status.
  • 5-25% off flights.
Avis Rent A Car

Avis Rent A Car
  • Complimentary Avis First® Membership.*
  • Up to 25% off rentals.
American Airlines

American Airlines

The current enrollment period is now closed. Please check back periodically for new quarterly benefits from American Airlines.

British Airways

British Airways
  • 10% off most roundtrip US, UK & Canada originating airfares.
CLEAR

CLEAR
  • FoundersCard Members receive 6 months free of CLEAR membership.
  • Discounted $140 annual fee thereafter (regularly $179).
Qantas

Qantas
  • FoundersCard Members receive up to 15% off travel between US, Australia, and New Zealand. Discounts are available on most classes of service.
TripIt Pro

TripIt Pro
  • FoundersCard Members receive complimentary TripIt Pro for a year.
  • Ongoing discounted annual rate of $39 (20% off standard rate) on TripIt Pro thereafter.
HotelTonight

HotelTonight
  • FoundersCard Members receive $50 USD in credits towards first booking.
  • 15% rebate credit towards next booking on all bookings.
Sixt Rent a Car

Sixt Rent a Car
  • Complimentary Platinum Sixt Card Membership.
  • Up to 15% off rental bookings.
zipcar

zipcar
  • Set your business up for $0 (a $75 savings)
  • Join as an individual for $35 (a $60 savings) and get $15 to use towards your first drive
Virgin America

Virgin America
  • FoundersCard Members receive 5-12% off most fares.
  • Virgin America Elevate® Elite Status Match from select US domestic airlines.*
Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts
  • Preferred Rates for FoundersCard Members.
Silvercar

Silvercar
  • 15% off all car reservations.
  • Waived fuel refill fee and complimentary gas tank top off upon return of the car.
GroundLink Mobile

GroundLink Mobile
  • FoundersCard members receive a $30 one-time credit for their first ride and 15% off all rides thereafter booked via the GroundLink Mobile App.
Conrad Hotels & Resorts

Conrad Hotels & Resorts
  • Preferred Rates for FoundersCard Members.
EmpireCLS

EmpireCLS
  • FoundersCard Members receive 10% off standard rates.
Carey

Carey
  • FoundersCard Members receive 10-12% off standard rates.
Emirates

Emirates
  • 5-10% off fares for US originating flights.
Getaround

Getaround
  • FoundersCard Members receive a $50 credit good towards first rental.
  • 10% off Luxury Rentals.
Sofitel Hotels

Sofitel Hotels
  • Preferred Rates for FoundersCard Members.
JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways
  • Complimentary JetBlue TrueBlue Mosaic with the purchase and completion of two qualified round-trip flights. Flights must be purchased via the FoundersCard booking platform to qualify for Mosaic upgrade.
  • Earn up to 6 TrueBlue points for each Dollar spent on JetBlue flights.
Caesars Entertainment

Caesars Entertainment
  • Preferred Member Rates of 20% off most rooms and suites at select properties
  • Complimentary Total Rewards® Diamond Status
Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski Hotels
  • Preferred Rates for FoundersCard Members.
Omni Hotels & Resorts

Omni Hotels & Resorts
  • Preferred Rates for FoundersCard Members.
Taj Hotels – India & Sri Lanka

Taj Hotels - India & Sri Lanka
  • Complimentary upgrade based on availability.
  • Complimentary internet access.
BLADE

BLADE
  • FoundersCard members receive 5% off their first one-way or round-trip flight; after initial flight, members receive an ongoing 10% off round-trip flights.

 

There are 55 exclusive Lifestyle benefits

Equinox Fitness

Equinox
  • Preferred pricing for new and existing Equinox members inclusive of local and national access options.
  • Exclusive new member benefits.
The Luxer – Tod’s, Roger Vivier, Hogan and Fay

The Luxer - Tod’s, Roger Vivier, Hogan and Fay
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing 15% discount.
John Varvatos

John Varvatos
  • FoundersCard Members receive ongoing preferred pricing of 20% off all items purchased online and in-store at John Varvatos boutiques.
Dollar Shave Club

Dollar Shave Club
  • FoundersCard Members receive $18 in Dollar Shave Club credit (good for 2, 3, or 6 months of free razors, depending upon selection).
Billy Reid

Billy Reid
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 20% off all non sale items purchased online.
rag & bone

rag & bone
  • FoundersCard Members receive ongoing preferred pricing of 15% off all items purchased online.
MOUTH.COM

MOUTH.COM
  • FoundersCard Members receive 20% off all orders.
Audi

Audi
  • Purchase or lease a new Audi vehicle at Dealer Invoice price plus $300.
Gametime

Gametime
  • FoundersCard member receive a $50 first time use credit.
  • Ongoing 10% discount on ticket purchases.
Teleflora

Teleflora
  • FoundersCard Members receive 25% off orders
Peg and Awl

Peg and Awl
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 20% off all items purchased online.
Birchbox

Birchbox
  • $180 annual men’s subscription (equivalent to three months free).
  • $99 annual women’s subscription (equivalent to two months free).
Vosges Haut-Chocolat

Vosges Haut-Chocolat
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 20% off items purchased online or by phone.
FIJI Water

FIJI Water
  • FoundersCard Members receive up to 40% off any subscription plan of FIJI Water Delivery.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Entrepreneur Magazine
  • FoundersCard Members receive a one-year (12 issue) subscription.
B&O PLAY by BANG & OLUFSEN

B&O PLAY by BANG & OLUFSEN
  • Available Exclusively online (no in-store redemptions)
  • 15% off at Bang & Olufsen American online store.
Herman Miller

Herman Miller
  • Herman Miller Store preferred pricing.
  • Exclusive shipping benefits.
Caesars Total Rewards®

Caesars Total Rewards®
  • Complimentary Diamond Total Rewards® Status.
Liberty Skis

Liberty Skis
  • 30% off all products.
  • Free shipping within the United States.
DESIRON

DESIRON
  • DESIRON offers FoundersCard Members 30% off on all furniture items.
Ernest Alexander

Ernest Alexander
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 20% off all bags purchased online or in-store.
Ball and Buck

Ball and Buck
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 30% off all items purchased online.
Vivid Seats

Vivid Seats
  • FoundersCard members receive an ongoing discount of 10% off all purchases.
SoulCycle

SoulCycle
  • Buy 10 sessions and get 1 free (LA and San Francisco locations).
TOUR GOLF

TOUR GOLF
  • Access to the TOURGOLF Private Club Pass program.
  • Pass provides ability to schedule one unaccompanied golfing foursome at TOUR GOLF private golf clubs during the 2015 calendar year for only $525.
MR PORTER

MR PORTER
  • FoundersCard Members receive $200 off their first order from mrporter.com with a minimum purchase of $500 or more.*
  • Access to a range of exclusive VIP benefits including a personal shopper to help you with all of your shopping and style needs, seasonal previews and pre-reservations of items before they go on mrporter.com.
Kitchit

Kitchit
  • FoundersCard Members receive $100 in credits towards first booking.
  • 10% rebate credit towards next booking on all bookings
Bliss Spa

Bliss Spa
  • FoundersCard members receive an ongoing preferred savings of 20% on massages, facials, and body treatments at most US Bliss Spa locations.*
Exhale Spa

Exhale Spa
  • 30% off all spa therapies (excluding accupuncture).
  • Complimentary week of Transformation for new Exhale guests; includes 1 week of unlimited classes, $25 towards a spa therapy, and 10% off boutique purchases. Members may bring a Guest for the Complimentary week of Transformation.
Trunk Club

Trunk Club
  • FoundersCard Members who are new to Trunk Club receive a complimentary $100 credit towards their first trunk.
  • Members who are already Trunk Club customers will receive a complimentary “Mystery Gift” in their next trunk.
Remède Spa

Remède Spa
  • FoundersCard members receive an ongoing discount of 15% on products and services.
Classic Car Club

Classic Car Club
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 40% off Monthly Private Membership dues.
  • Free cocktail party for up to 30 guests for any new corporate membership ($5,000 value).
Spafinder Wellness 365

Spafinder Wellness 365
  • FoundersCard members receive an ongoing discount of 15% on all gift certificate purchases.*
Nooka

Nooka
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 25% on all orders.
Maverick

Maverick
  • FoundersCard Members receive $500 off a 3X retreat or Epic Experience.
Chelsea Piers

Chelsea Piers
  • 28% off the Sports Center Health Club Monthly Membership dues and waived initiation fee.
Crunch Fitness

Crunch Fitness
  • 75% off initiation fee on any of the below membership options.
  • 30% off monthly dues for All Crunch Freedom – Access all clubs
Rent The Runway

Rent The Runway
  • FoundersCard Members receive 20% off rentals online or in the New York Showroom
Fancy Hands

Fancy Hands
  • FoundersCard Members receive 25% off all monthly plans.
David Barton Gym

David Barton Gym
  • Always Waived Initiation.
  • FC Exclusive National Travel Access Membership.
1-800 Flowers

1-800 Flowers
  • FoundersCard Members receive 20% off most orders from 1-800-Flowers and 1-800-Baskets.
illy Caffè

illy Caffè
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 20% off items purchased online.

 

There are 45 exclusive Business benefits

Apple

Apple
  • Apple preferred savings (discount varies based on product.)
  • Dedicated contacts for Executive Customer Service and Support.
AT&T Wireless

AT&T Wireless
  • 15% off standard rates on all voice plans and on data plans greater than $30 in value, excluding unlimited voice and iPad data plans.
UPS

UPS
  • FoundersCard Members are entitled to discounts of up to 32% on UPS air, international and ground shipping.
MOO Inc.

MOO Inc.
  • For FoundersCard Members – 20% off all MOO orders.
  • For Your Company – Save 15% on orders with MOO Business Services.
First Republic Bank

First Republic Bank
  • FoundersCard Members receive a $350 bonus upon opening a new personal ATM-Rebate checking account.
Dell

Dell
  • FoundersCard Members save up to 46% off standard pricing on select products.
Rackspace

Rackspace
  • Preferred pricing for new customers.
Hover

Hover
  • FoundersCard Members receive 50% off new Hover orders (New Customers)
Shopify

Shopify
  • FoundersCard Members creating a new Shopify account save 35% off any plan.
  • Existing Shopify customers may upgrade your existing plan for 35% off.
Phone.com

Phone.com
  •  FoundersCard Members receive one free year of Phone.com service upon sign-up (a value of $120).

99designs

99designs
  • FoundersCard Members receive a free Power Pack promotional upgrade ($99 value). This includes a complimentary featured contest listing, and highlighted and bolded contest listing.
GH Business Clubs

GH Business Clubs
  • Complimentary Founders Membership.
  • 25% off all other Memberships at Angel & Soho Clubs*
ÜberConference

ÜberConference
  • FoundersCard Members receive 9 months of Pro account free.
  • Ongoing discount of 20% off Pro account thereafter.
LegalZoom

LegalZoom
  • Newly expanded for 2015: FoundersCard Members now receive an ongoing discount of 20% on all products and services.
Upwork

Upwork
  • New Upwork users receive $200 in Upwork credits, and $400 in recruiting services
  • Current Upwork users receive $200 in recruiting services
BizFilings

BizFilings
  • FoundersCard Members receive 20% off of standard pricing.
Grasshopper

Grasshopper
  • FoundersCard Members receive a complimentary $50 credit when creating a new account.
  • Waived activation fee ($25 value).
General Assembly

General Assembly
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 25% off all online classes, as well as in-person classes and workshops (only for classes priced $150 or less).
  • Access to exclusive events at General Assembly campuses around the world.
The Resumator

The Resumator
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 25% on all plans.
Backblaze

Backblaze
  • FoundersCard Members receive 20% off of either 1 or 2 year subscriptions when creating a new account.
Harvest

Harvest
  • FoundersCard Members receive an ongoing discount of 15% off standard pricing.
Namecheap

Namecheap
  • 20% off Namecheap services and most TLDs.
TriNet

TriNet
  • FoundersCard Members receive a $500 first-time credit upon partnering with TriNet for services.
Constant Contact

Constant Contact
  • 15% off Online Marketing Tools.
St. Oberholz

St. Oberholz
  • One day complimentary membership in the St. Oberholz co-working space.
  • FoundersCard Members receive ongoing 15% preferred rate and 15% discount on all regular membership rates.
Dashlane

Dashlane
  • FoundersCard Members get 3 years of free Dashlane Premium (regularly $120).
Gravity

Gravity
  • FoundersCard Members receive five complimentary day passes.
  • 20% off on all Membership plans for new Members.
eOffice London SoHo

eOffice London SoHo
  • 20% off Virtual Office*, Hotdesking, Meeting Rooms, and Administration & Accounting.
The Dallas Entrepreneur Center

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center
  • Three Day Complimentary Pass
  • 20% off a Coworking Membership

 

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