- FoundersCard Membership: Is it worth it?
- Details about FoundersCard benefits (Cathy Pacific, Avis, hotel discounts)
- Assessing the Benefits of FoundersCard
At the risk of turning Out and Out into the official FoundersCard blog, I wanted to share their new American Airlines benefit. It changes quarterly, and some of them have been really good (they’ve had 5% off domestic fares before, and just had a free Platinum Status Challenge this past quarter).
They’ve never had 10% off fares to the UK and Europe before, so this could be useful to some.
FoundersCard + American
If you have a business class fare (or heck, even an economy fare) to Europe, you could easily save $70-$100+ on a $700-$1,000+ round-trip ticket. 5% off domestically is nice, too.
A few T&Cs to keep in mind:
- The discount will not be applied to any government or airport imposed taxes, fees, or charges (duh)
- Discount is only valid on published, round-trip fares
- You must book on AA.com
- You must purchase your ticket by November 1st, 2015
- And travel by January 6th, 2016
- There are blackout dates around Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas/New Year
You can use the benefit as many times as you want. You can request the 5% off code directly through the website (they’ll email it to you instantly), but you must call to get the 10% off code.
FoundersCard has a few key relationships I really value (this one with American Airlines, free Gold elite status at Hilton, 15% off AT&T cell phone bills, free TripIt Pro for a year, and a few other goodies).
It’s $395 a year, which I mostly recoup from getting 15% off my AT&T bill. Everything else, like free breakfast and late check-out at Hilton hotels, free TripIt Pro, and discounts like this one, are gravy.
If you have a few trips with American Airlines coming up, especially to Europe, 10% off could easily add up to cover the cost of the annual fee. And then you’d have all the other perks left to enjoy, so it might be worth it for a few peeps.
I was looking forward to seeing what the new American Airlines benefit would be, and this one is the best yet.
Too bad there are blackout dates for the holidays, but every airline has blackout dates around the holidays, so I can’t really blame ’em.