Calling all movers and shakers, business professionals, and entrepreneurs that want to gain elite status on airlines quickly. Have you heard of FoundersCard? It’s a membership-only card that can help you gain special preferred pricing and privileges on hotels, airfare, upgrades, access to member-only networking events and best of all it can fast-track elite status on airlines.
For example, right now they are running a time-sensitive promotion that if you enroll for FoundersCard by July 31, you will receive automatic Platinum elite status on American when you fly from August 10, 2015 through November 8, 2015. During that time period, if you travel 10,000 elite-qualifying points on American and other participating airlines (typically people must fly 50,000 elite-qualifying points), you’ll get to hold your Platinum elite status until February 28, 2017.
We’ve already mentioned the fast tracking to elite status on American. Here are more details on networking events and the type of brands the card works with for preferred pricing and special privileges.
The FoundersCard can get extraordinary rates and privileges at more than 500 hotels domestically and internationally. Properties include Kimpton, Sofitel, St. Regis, Mandarin Oriental and more.
Some partners in which card members get access to elite status and/or preferred rates include American, Virgin America, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Hilton HHonors Gold, Caesars Total Rewards Diamond Status, Avis Preferred Plus, Hertz Club Gold FIVE STAR and more.
Lifestyle and business services
The partnerships the card has with lifestyle and business brands give members access to VIP privileges and preferred pricing with some of the following: Audi, Bliss Spa, Dollar Shave Club, Apple, UPS, AT&T and more.
FoundersCard gives members access to exclusive networking opportunities and casual cocktail receptions. Member-only events in the past have included SXSW and CES parties at partner hotel properties. Events are located across the country from New York, DC and Boston to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Internationally, events have taken place in London.
Is it for you?
FoundersCard dubs itself as an exclusive community offering more than just discounts; the participating brands are some of the best brands in travel and business. Of course, this type of card isn’t for everyone but if you plan to travel during the time mentioned above for American elite status and use the benefits often then it’s worth the annual fee. Even the elite status offer alone could be worth it if you fly enough during that time.
FoundersCard is offering Johnny Jet readers a preferred annual rate of $395 (vs. their standard annual fee of $795), and waiving the $95 one-time initiation fee – use promo code FCJJET at signup.
Do you have the FoundersCard? If yes, do you love it or loathe it?
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
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