Airline discounts and elite/VIP perks, including:
  • Cathay Pacific offers 5-25% off flights, as well as a complimentary upgrade to Silver elite status. That status includes priority check-in, complimentary advance seat reservations, access to business class lounges while traveling on the airline in any class, and an extra baggage allowance. The status is valid for a year, after which you'll need to re-qualify through normal methods.
  • British Airways offers FoundersCard members up to 10% off most round-trip fares between the US or Canada and the UK.
  • Alaska Airlines offers 5% off fares within the Continental US, Hawaii, and Canada.
  • JetBlue features preferred flat fares for Mint (business class) transcontinental flights, plus up to 5% off coach and business class tickets. Mint fares are as low as $800.
  • American Airlines offers a changing list of benefits, including extra frequent flyer miles, elite qualifying points, or the opportunity to receive complimentary Platinum status for three months, with the chance to keep it by flying a certain required amount within three months.
  • Qantas, the Australian flag carrier, offers a whopping 10-25% off flights from the US to Australia or New Zealand.
  • Emirates offers 5-10% off US originating fares. The airline serves more than 125 destinations around the world, and offers particularly useful routing for those traveling from the US to the Middle East, Asia, and Africa.
  • Singapore Airlines discounts US originating flights up to 5%.
  • JetSmarter, a service that helps members find available seats on private and chartered flights as an alternative to flying commercial — but for a much cheaper price tag than flying private normally carries — offers FoundersCard members a free three-month trial.
Rental car and chauffeur service discounts and elite statuses, including:
  • Complimentary Preferred Plus membership at Avis, and up to 25% off rentals.
  • Platinum membership at 15% off rentals at Sixt Rent a Car.
  • 20% off all Silvercar reservations — the founder of Silvercar is a FoundersCard member.
  • Credits and discounts with major car services including GroundLink, EmpireCLS, Carey, and Getaround.
Exclusive FoundersCard rates, elite statuses, and perks at various hotels brands, including:
  • Starwood
  • Marriott
  • Kimpton
  • Hilton
  • Park Hyatt
  • The Standard
  • Mandarin Oriental
  • Kimpton
  • Omni Hotels & Resorts, and more.
Lifestyle and retail discounts, including:
  • Discounts when you buy or lease a new Audi.
  • 20% off at John Varvatos.
  • Up to $10,000 off when you buy or lease a new BMW.
  • A complimentary $100 credit at Trunk Club— the founder and CEO of the company is a FoundersCard member.
  • Complimentary Diamond Total Rewards status at Caesars resorts and casinos, plus 20% off most rooms.
  • 20% off at 1-800-Flowers.
  • 15% off headphones, speakers, and more from Bang & Olufsen.
  • Discounts at other retailers including Adidas, Reebok, Indochino, Rent The RunwayCole Haan, Tommy John, Todd Snyder, and Jonathan Adler, and more.
  • Discounts or credits at gyms, fitness studios, and wellness centers, including Equinox, Crunch, SoulCycle, Bliss Spa, Peloton, CorePower Yoga, and more.
Business discounts, including:
  • 15% off voice and data plans with AT&T Wireless.
  • Up to 47% off UPS.
  • Up to 50% off Dell computers.
  • 20% off business card and stationary orders from MOO — the company's CEO is a FoundersCard member.
  • A free year of service from the Phone.com virtual office service.
  • A flat 20% discount off products and services from LegalZoom.
  • Loyalty pricing at Apple.
  • 40% off Lenovo computers.
  • 25% off classes at General Assembly — one of the co-founders is a FoundersCard member.
This is far from a conclusive list. FoundersCard has hundreds of benefits, discounts, and offers available, and can offer enough value to outweigh the annual fee even if you're a sole proprietor just getting your idea off the ground, or even an individual who can take advantage of the retail and gym discounts.

If your small business has grown a bit, though, you can get tremendous value from discounts on shipping, IT services and gear, travel, and more.

Between that, and the opportunity to network with like-minded and similarly focused entrepreneurs, FoundersCard presents a unique and potentially valuable opportunity — whether it's worth the $395 annual fee (with the Business Insider discount) depends on you.

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