Founderscard free trial for 3 months (then $395/yr)


Founderscard is currently offering three months free when you sign up now for a free trial with promo code VIPAWARD. Annual membership is then billed at $395 per year. This might be a good way to get a taste of Founderscard without the big up-front investment.

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The Deal

Key Details

  • Available for new members only
  • Application is subject to approval
  • Some benefits may not be available during the trial period

Quick Thoughts

This offer is being marketed to Award Wallet members who have “verified elite status” with at least one major program, but it appears to be open to anyone.

For those unfamiliar, Founderscard has been around for years and is essentially a program that offers elite status (or sometimes elite status fast tracks), negotiated hotel discounts, etc. It has been around for years and is not a credit card. I meet people at conferences every year that love Founderscard and swear they get a good value with it. I’ve honestly never been drawn to it as some of the elite statuses offered aren’t difficult to get through credit cards / matches. The terms indicate that some benefits may not be available during the trial period, but it does not specify which benefits aren’t available. This certainly could be worthwhile to check it out and see if things like their hotel discounts work out well for you, but be sure to set yourself a reminder for the end of your trial period so you can decide to keep or cancel.

Keep in mind that this is a membership for which you apply, so your application is subject to approval. I’m not sure what the approval process entails, but it is not instant.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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This sounds like something that the “Fyre Festival” people came up with!


Just a heads up to anyone thinking about doing this: there are horror stories of folks on reddit trying to cancel but being billed after cancellation regardless. And if that weren’t enough, Founderscard apparently fights hard against any attempts to do a charge back on your credit card, even if you cancel and have proof of cancellation.

Not to try to deter necessarily; more of a forewarning to document every single step of the way on Founderscard.


NO Caesars Rewards, NO Hilton Gold, NO Hertz President’s Circle, NO Avis status, No Sixt status, NO TripIT Pro.
I have given up looking for something worthwhile with this garbage trial.


Thanks for the input. What about the 6 month CLEAR membership?


Yes, same here. I signed up, only to find exactly what u state here. Useless and waste of time. Dont bother!

Rick Ross

Thanks for much for taking the dive! I really wanted it for the Caesars Diamond upgrade. Now I don’t have to waste my time.

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Billy Bob

I signed up with a card that I plan to cancel by the time three months is up.


just because you cancel the payment method doesn’t mean you cancelled the membership….unless you cancel it too, they still have an active membership and could put your bill into collections.


I signed up and I guess I’ll see what the benefits are and are not. However, the cageyness of the signup process and lack of disclosures was enough to raise questions about this company.

And, be warned: If you forget to cancel, they automatically bill you $395 and state is non-refundable.


Not good business practices. Sounds like they are they the ex execs from the Columbia House CD Club.


Trail? Hehe