Founderscard American Airlines Platinum Challenge and Total Rewards Diamond
About a month ago I wrote about why I was thinking about joining Founderscard. In that post I covered some of the benefits of the card and why the annual fee may make sense in my situation. Ultimately I decided to join because Caesar’s Total Rewards Diamond status is valuable enough for me to justify the cost. Founderscard also added a great American Airlines benefit that I think many of you will be interested in. Let’s take a look.
Caesar’s Total Rewards Diamond Experience
After successfully signing up for Founderscard, I immediately logged in to match to Caesar’s Total Rewards Diamond status. I filled out the form on June 21, 2016 and received a confirmation that my request was expected to be processed by July 8, 2016. That seemed like a long turn around time and I was hoping it was just a conservative estimate.
While it didn’t take until July 8, it took awhile. Ultimately I received confirmation of my Total Rewards Diamond status until July 5, 2016. Basically, it took two full weeks to complete my request. To be honest that is quite a long time, but thankfully once the request was complete my Total Rewards account properly reflected the Diamond status.
Getting A Diamond Card
After confirming my match, I decided to head down to Caesar’s Palace in order to pickup my newly minted Diamond card. It is much prettier than my Mlife Platinum card and it is shiiiny. Aesthetics aside, I learned that as a new Diamond guest I am eligible for the $100 Celebration Dinner (basically a $100 restaurant credit) and two free show tickets! A nice bonus indeed.
Of course as I mentioned in my original post, I plan to review many of the Total Rewards properties over the next year, so Diamond will get me waived resort fees and front of the line access as well. All told, I believe all of these benefits justify the $295 annual fee. I also plan to review my Total Rewards Diamond status in more depth once I get to experience it a bit more. Look for a post on that soon!
Founderscard New American Airlines Status Benefit
Back when I originally published my post last month, I wrongly said that Founderscard gives American Airlines Platinum status. The truth is that the American Airlines benefits change frequently and at that time the Platinum status benefit wasn’t available. Thankfully, that has now changed. Here is the new benefit that Founderscard has added for American Airlines:
Receive AAdvantage® Platinum status from August 22 – November 22, 2016 and keep it through January 31, 2018 by:
Being enrolled in the American Airlines Business Extra® Program
Earning 12,500 Elite Qualifying Miles (EQMs) by traveling on American Airlines or other select airlines* during the challenge period
Earn EQMs faster by booking First Class, Business Class, or Full-fare Main Cabin fares
Basically they are giving a free Platinum status challenge to members. By signing up for the benefit by the end of July, you get Platinum status through November 22, 2016 and then if you complete 12,500 EQMs the status is extended through January 31, 2018! This is a great and valuable benefit in my opinion and while I can’t take advantage of it (since I am already Executive Platinum), I know many of you will be interested.
Founderscard has several different deals going on right now for signing up. You can sign-up with one of 4 codes depending on what you are looking for. Here is how to do it.
Go to this page and fill in your information. This is my personal referral link and I would appreciate you saying that Shawn Coomer or Miles to Memories is how you found out about Founderscard.
After a day or two you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign-up. When signing up for your account, you can use the following codes:
- VIP2YEAR – $295 per year with two years up front. $95 initiation fee waived.
- 100AMEX2YR – $295 per year with two years up front. $100 Amex gift card. $95 initiation fee NOT waived.
- VIP1YEAR – $395 per year. $95 initiation fee waived.
- 100AMEX1YR – $395 per year. $100 Amex gift card. $95 initiation fee NOT waived.
I personally used the VIP2YEAR code when signing up and paid $590 for a two year membership. If I decide to renew beyond that, my annual rate is locked in at $295.
If you are looking to find out more about Founderscard, I suggest seeing my original post. In the end I am satisfied so far with the value I am receiving from the card and I haven’t even really touched the surface on the benefits. For many of you, the Vegas benefits may be of use and for others the AA fast track could put Founderscard over the top.
Do you have a Founderscard membership or are you thinking about joining? Post your questions and experiences in the comments!