It’s no surprise that so many of our Members — including Eric, FoundersCard’s CEO — have both a FoundersCard Membership and the American Express Platinum Card. As a credit card, the Amex Platinum is great for earning and redeeming points as well as some travel perks like airport lounge access and elite status at some hotel chains. But when it comes to exclusive discounts and benefits across airlines, hotels, business essentials and services, FoundersCard can’t be beat.
Amex’s Fine Hotel & Resorts program is fantastic if you’re only looking for luxury properties and enjoy benefits like breakfast and an amenity such as a spa credit. But the FoundersCard Hotel Program offers exclusive negotiated discounted rates at over 300 hotels across the globe — including not only well-known luxury hotels, but also smaller boutique hotels like the Ace, LINE hotels, and the Clift. FoundersCard Hotel rates are up to 40% cheaper than Amex FHR or what you’d find on the hotel’s website.
Here are a few samples for mid-week stays of two nights at the exact same luxury hotels:
Tokyo, Japan — Luxury Hotel
- Amex FHR Rate: $772/night (includes one $100 on-property credit)
- FoundersCard Hotel Rate: $420/night
San Francisco, California — Luxury Hotel
- Amex FHR Rate: $814/night (includes one $100 food & beverage credit)
- FoundersCard Hotel Rate: $496/night (includes discount at spa)
Sometimes while traveling for business, you may prefer a smaller, boutique hotel. The FoundersCard Hotel Program generally offers a much lower rate, even when accounting for any FHR credits, which you may or may not even be able to use.
San Francisco, California — Different but comparable hotels
- Amex FHR Rate: $394/night (includes one $100 food & beverage credit)
- FoundersCard Hotel Rate: $249/night (includes free wi-fi and waived facility fee)
New York, New York — Different but comparable hotels
- Amex FHR Rate: $439/night (includes one $100 food & beverage credit)
- FoundersCard Hotel Rate: $290/night (includes free-wifi and upgrades on availability)
Many hotels in the FC Hotel Program also offer additional benefits to FoundersCard Members, such as complimentary wifi, early check-in or late check-out, or an amenity.
For those that find themselves in Las Vegas, FoundersCard Members also enjoy complimentary Caesars Rewards Diamond status as well as discounts of up to 20% at select Caesars properties.
The Amex Platinum Card is great for lounge access when flying, giving you some quiet space to relax and work while traveling. FoundersCard Members receive discounts (typically 5-10%, sometimes up to 25% on international premium cabin fares) and other benefits over half a dozen airlines, including American Airlines, JetBlue, Cathay Pacific, British Airways, Qantas and Emirates.
Other Travel Perks
Both FoundersCard and Amex offer rental car status upgrades, but only FoundersCard offers you discounts of up to 25% at Hertz, Avis, and Silvercar by Audi. And FoundersCard Members enjoy a number of other travel perks, ranging from one complimentary year of TripIt Pro to discounts on ground transportation.
From domain names (Namecheap) to shipping (UPS) to cell phones (AT&T) to business cards (Moo Business Cards) FoundersCard Members receive discounts from 15-50% off for the services and products that make your business run.
FoundersCard Members enjoy discounts while at play, too, including:
- Automotive: Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Land Rover
- Fitness: Equinox, Crunch, SoulCycle, and Chelsea Piers
- Fashion: Adidas, Cole Haan, Indochino, Rent the Runway
- And more
In summary, the Amex Platinum offers fantastic points earning and redemption as well as excellent lounge access and luxury hotel benefits. FoundersCard excels at discounts and benefits on airlines, both boutique and luxury hotels, as well as unmatched discounts across the companies that make your business and your life run. The Amex Platinum and FoundersCard are great compliments to busy entrepreneurs, business owners, and executives.
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