Private Jets, Diamond Status: The Best Reasons to Consider a FoundersCard Membership


FoundersCard is an elite membership discount program that comes with a lot of really cool benefits. While the fee is regularly $395 per year, it is easy for the card to pay for itself if you are able to use enough of the benefits. Here are my favorite perks of being a FoundersCard member.

1. 3 Month Free Trial of JetSmarter

JetSmarter is seriously such a cool program. When people hire a private jet, they generally are hiring it in only one direction. That plane still needs to get back to where it came from and does so in what is generally referred to as an ’empty leg.’ With JetSmarter, you can book these empty legs for free.

A full membership to JetSmarter normally costs $11,000 per year and that’s after paying a $4,000 initiation fee. While this trial membership might not be the most useful thing in the entire world, it sure is a lot of fun! You can book as many open legs as you want during the three month trial period.

2. Total Rewards Diamond Status

As a FoundersCard member, you are eligible to link your Total Rewards account to your FoundersCard account. When you do this, you’ll receive Total Rewards Diamond Status. Having Total Rewards Diamond status makes you eligible for a free 4-night stay at Atlantis in the Bahamas!

3. Flight Discounts

With FoundersCard, you will be able to book flights with various airlines at a discount. The most notable flight discounts are 5% Off JetBlue Flights and 5-10% off Virgin America flights, but there are even more flight discounts available for your use.

4. Hilton Gold Staus

As a FoundersCard member, you can receive Hilton Gold status for as long as you are a member. Hilton Gold is my favorite mid-tier hotel status because it will give you free breakfast at many Hilton hotels! Since hotels often charge $15-$25 for breakfast, this can add up to considerable savings.

5. Car Rental Discounts and Elite Status

FoundersCard also gives you access to a bunch of car rental discounts and elite status.

  • Hertz: 15% off Daily, Weekend, Weekly, and Monthly Rates in the United States. Up to 20% Discount in Europe and complimentary Hertz Gold Plus Rewards or FIVE STAR membership.
  • Avis: Up to 25% off rentals and complimentary Avis Preferred Plus Membership.
  • Sixt: Up to 15% off rental bookings and complimentary Platinum Sixt Card Membership.
  • Silvercar: 20% off all car reservations.
  • Zipcar: Set your business up for $0 (a $75 savings) and Join as an individual for $35 (a $60 savings) and get $20 to use towards your first drive
I just signed up for a FoundersCard membership mainly because of the JetSmarter deal. I haven’t had a chance to try out flying a private jet yet but I absolutely can’t wait!
What do you think about the FoundersCard Membership? Is it something that you are interested in trying?

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