FoundersCard, the “passport to the entrepreneurial lifestyle,” is a members-only exclusive networking and rewards program. Right now, FoundersCard is offering a three-month free trial (or essentially, a three-month waiver of the annual fee if you fail to cancel your membership) that would allow you to take advantage of some of the FoundersCard benefits. Although this promotion is marketed towards AwardWallet members with certified elite status with a travel brand, the free trial appears to apply to every new FoundersCard member who applies with the proper promo code.
But before you rush to join, let’s talk a little bit about FoundersCard. FoundersCard is an elite community of over 25,000 entrepreneurs and business owners from around the world. As a member, you’ll enjoy access to exclusive networking events between members, VIP travel perks, business solutions, and members-only discounts with certain brands. FoundersCard has partnered with airlines, hotels, entertainment, and retail brands to provide members with special rates and complimentary elite status, as well as networking events that aim to help members foster their creative and professional circles.
If this sounds like something that would be beneficial to your professional growth and development (not to mention the impressive suite of benefits) then it’s a great time to apply for FoundersCard membership. At the moment, new members can use the promo code VIPAWARD to access a three month trial of the FoundersCard membership, meaning the $395 annual fee won’t kick in until those three months are up. As expected, you’ll need to remember to cancel your membership if you don’t actually intend to keep it. However, if you’d like to keep your membership, you don’t need to do anything after the three-month trial because your trial will automatically enroll you into the FoundersCard membership base.
With the delay in your annual fee responsibility also comes a delay in some of the benefits. Even though the promotion is marketed as a free trial, it’s only a partial free trial. To access full membership, you’ll need to keep your membership after the trial is over and pay the $395 annual fee. However, you’ll still have access to some great benefits during the free trial and after that, you can decide if keeping the benefits (and accessing the full suite of benefits) is worth the annual fee.
So, what do you get with this free trial? Here is a list of the benefits that are included when you are approved for FoundersCard membership on a trial basis:
- 5% JetBlue discount portal
- 20% discount with Silvercar
- 10% discount with Getaround
- British Airways discount portal
- Cathay Pacific discount portal
- Qantas discount portal
- Singapore Air discount portal
- Dell discount portal
- Rackspace discount
- Apple loyalty pricing
- Shoprunner membership
If you like what you’re getting and you think that your membership would be worth keeping, then you’ll have access to the following benefits (and more) when you solidify your membership at the end of the trial:
- Hilton Gold elite status
- 15% AT&T discount
- BMW/Mini discount
- Caesars Total Rewards Diamond elite status
- Equinox preferred rates
- Free TripIt Pro for one year, then $10 cheaper for three more years
- 20% discount on Shopify for one year
It may be worth noting that, with access to benefits like these, a $395 annual fee is tantamount to pocket change. In fact, it isn’t even that; by using the benefits to which you are entitled with a FoundersCard, the annual fee could easily pay for itself in elite status with airlines or hotels, retail discounts, or membership discounts.
On top of that, the list of benefits is ever evolving and changing. FoundersCard is pretty on top of things when it comes to member satisfaction and benefit usage; by strengthening relationships with airlines, hotels, and brands that users already love, the FoundersCard network strives to provide benefits that are actually beneficial. But if you don’t see yourself using the benefits that are available, then FoundersCard probably isn’t for you.
This seems obvious, but FoundersCard may not be worth it just for the invitations to networking events alone. But if you do a fair bit of travel and would use the flight discounts and elite status benefit at least a couple of times per year, then FoundersCard could be great for you. It isn’t just for travelers, though; benefits with AT&T, LegalZoom, Hertz, Rent the Runway, SoulCycle, UPS, and Dell could easily offset the annual fee depending on your usage.
Bottom line: applying for FoundersCard is only worth it if you plan to use the benefits to which you are entitled. FoundersCard has shown a consistent commitment to its customer base both in terms of networking and special members-only offers, and the benefits are so easy to use that it would only make sense to take full advantage of them. Apply today for the three-month free trial in order to sample some of the FoundersCard benefits and determine whether or not FoundersCard is right for you.
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