But Carers' Champion Christopher Mason insists the card does not do enough to help people who look after friends and relatives cope with the problems they face.
The Carers' Privilege Card will be sent out in the next couple of days and will give a 30% reduction on Glasgow Life services, including gym and fitness membership and a 20% cut in the cost of using Cordia's Encore cafes at venues such as Kelvingrove Museum, the Emirates Arena and Riverside Museum.
There will also be a 20% discount on charges at City Parking multi-storey car parks and 10% off Glasgow Flowers.
The city council says the scheme is part of an on-going bid to provide greater support for carers, which includes a training programme to boost their skills when looking after their friend or relative.
It is hoped the new card will encourage the tens of thousands of unregistered carers in the city to contact the council for the first time.
Council leader Gordon Matheson has also urged city businesses to get involved and match the council's offer with their own range of discounts.
He said: "The city council is committed to helping carers in their day-to-day lives and the privilege card is the latest step we have taken in pursuit of this commitment.
"We have to care for carers and helping to ease their financial burden when looking to enjoy some time out is a positive way forward.
"Carers do so much for Glasgow and so Glasgow should be giving something back."
The training courses for carers will cover key issues such as first aid, working with dementia, dealing with challenging behaviour, moving and handling along with other vital skills.
Mr Mason, a former city councillor, said: "I have never doubted the goodwill of the council but all carers now face very serious problems of welfare reform, budget cuts and the way in which personalisation is being implemented.
"The card and the other initiatives are just mitigation and a much more radical initiative is needed to help carers."
Carers will be able to obtain further information on the privilege card through www.glas gow.gov.uk/carerscard