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smittymagee
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Business Travel tips
Starting a new position in January 2019 that will require travel in the United States a couple times a month no more than a couple of days.. The travel by air will be new to me so I would appreciate some helpful tips. Here you go:
1. The best carry on luggage
2. Getting in, out and around Airports
3. Hotel chains to use

Thank you in advance!!


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Pick an airline and hotel company that offers the most flights to your work destinations and lodging options. Stick with those chains to maximize rewards. Nowadays points can be used across many chains.

Get a travel card to, again, maximize rewards.

Invest in a nice set of wireless headphones.

Which airport will you be using as your hub?



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Travelpro or Tumi luggage (or Briggs/Riley, or similar); go with the international sized roller or spinner so your case will fit in the overhead even on smaller commuter jets

Agree w/headphones, though mine need to be noise-cancelling.


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1. Travel Away
2. Lyft if you’re a Delta flyer, they partner together so you earn miles when you use Lyft.
3. I prefer Hilton, but I know a lot of people like Marriott.

Addition: if you don’t have TSA-Pre already, get it. Also, pick one airline and use them exclusively to get status.
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TSA-Pre


Pet peeve of mine...it's TSA PreCheck.


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A good backpack. Don't listen to the haters.


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Please accept my humblest of apologies.


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1. The best carry on luggage


I've been doing what you do for about 8-10 years. I'd start with a moderately-priced piece of luggage and a backback or shoulder bag that can slide over your handle.

At $75-125 you should be satisfied for the time being until you can figure out exactly the setup that works best for you based on your clothing needs, work items/supplies, etc.

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2. Getting in, out and around Airports


All depends on your line of work. I rent a car wherever I go because my trips require me to bounce around client locations that are often not in the urban core of a major city. A buddy of mine just uses lyft/uber since he's going to one site for a day and back to his hotel.

As already mentioned, getting PreCheck is important...will make your life smoother.

Lounge access could be a nice plus depending on the airlines/airports you'll be frequenting. Look for a credit card that comes with Priority Pass or get an AMEX Platinum.

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3. Hotel chains to use


Marriott is now the behemoth so they'll have your most options. But once again, it all depends on your primary sites/locations. For someone that's only going to major cities and staying in urban centers, I'd consider Hyatt as an option.



The big thing through it all it to do your best to pick one airline, hotel, & car rental company. You'll want status as soon as possible given the amount of travel you're doing. Delays, issues, etc. will happen and travel entities take care of their elite customers far better than their "kettles". For me and my territory, Delta with SW as a backup, Marriott, and National are my "go tos". For my colleague, it makes sense for him to focus on American, Hilton, and Hertz.


Once you setup rewards accounts, call their customer service line and note that you're a new, frequent business traveler and are considering using their brand. Ask about a "status challenge" to obtain elite status faster.

Good luck. You'll enjoy it sometimes and hate it others.


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Briggs & Riley carryon wardrobe bag
B&R U174 Link

Ditto on getting one go-to Airline & Rental Car Company.

I always dress in a sport coat when I fly, I find it has paid dividends when I have to go to Plan B or C when dealing with airlines or with business meetings once I get where I’m going.


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I always dress in a sport coat when I fly, I find it has paid dividends when I have to go to Plan B or C when dealing with airlines or with business meetings once I get where I’m going.


Agree with this 100%. Of course, dress standards vary by industry, but being professionally dressed will make your life easier. Keeps you from packing too much, reminds you that you're not vacationing, reminds you that you're representing your company's brand, etc.

Find business travel clothing w/some stretch; you'll be comfortable despite wearing a coat to fly.


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re: Business Travel tips
I just created an account and was about to create a post asking the same thing. I've never done business travel and I'll be in the air weekly in different locations around the country. I've already got an Amex SPG rewards card, but looking to learn the rest to make the most out of the travel.


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smittymagee
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Thank you to everyone for the feedback!! Looking forward to putting all these suggestions to use!

Merry Christmas to you and your families!


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1 Red Oxx - Air Boss

2 Enterprise/National

3 Hilton


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re: Business Travel tips
I travel 35 weeks a year for work
1. Tumi or similar. Spend money on good luggage and have a few sizes

2. Use Lyft or Uber if possible. TSA precheck is a must and prep yourself before getting in line. Put your keys and phones in your carryon. Only have out ID and boarding pass. Leave your wallet in your pocket. It’s not going to set off anything

3. I use Hilton because they have hotels everywhere. Marriott is also good. Rest of them stink.


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re: Business Travel tips
Once you know what airline you'll be on, get a Business/VIP lounge membership for that airline. Waiting 3 hours for a flight while relaxing in a huge lounge chair with a coffee and food is nice.


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Yeah, just get AMEX Platinum or similar for 450/year, IMO. Pick an airline lounge membership. You also get roughly 200 dollars in Uber credits and 50 or 100 in airline fees credit (upgrades, seat selection) that any traveler will easily use. Right off the bat real $$$ benefits eat away at most of the annual fee.


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Good point. Just double check that there is an AMEX lounge at the airports you’ll be going thru or that your airline’s lounge accepts AMEX.
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Good point. Just double check that there is an AMEX lounge at the airports you’ll be going thru or that your airline’s lounge accepts AMEX.



Glad you mentioned it

Looks like only Skyclub is the only remaining access that you get automatically. As I understand it, you get a certain credit for amounts spent on AA or US Air lounges but it's not like Delta's access. Looks like that changed a few years ago, I just didn't notice because I'm Delta anyway.

AMEX platinum also gives you priority pass access and Centurion lounges but their are obviously less of them.


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I travel heavily for work every two weeks. I have been burned by Delta, American and United so many times that I drive to New Orleans to fly southwest. New Orleans with all airlines has more flight options. So, a one hour drive is better than an over night delay.
1. Southwest has the best rewards program out of all so that’s what I fly. Companion pass is gold! Great App. All receipts on app
2. Hertz Platinum club is worth the $100.00 annual fee! Get off plane, walk to cars, see your name on the board and what assigned spot is, get in car and leave!!!! No counter people. Great app. All receipts kept on app
3. Marriott Rewards Card. Get the card! Every dollar spent at Marriott gets you 5 points. Sign on bonus gets you 50,000 points. You will be over 150,000 points before you know it. Great rewards program. A one night stay at Ritz Carlton is 50,000 points. We stayed at the Ritz for a week. Only cost me incidentals. Was legit

Fly out of New Orleans


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re: Business Travel tips
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Starting a new position in January 2019 that will require travel in the United States a couple times a month no more than a couple of days.. The travel by air will be new to me so I would appreciate some helpful tips. Here you go:



I do mostly int'l travel, but can comment:

1. The best carry on luggage - The largest suitcase that will reliably fit. You're going to wear out whatever it is, so if you can find a model that holds the wheels with screws (not rivets) that's what you want.
2. Getting in, out and around Airports - Uber/lyft for the US. Taxis are shite outside NYC.
3. Hotel chains to use - Get a hotel member number for one of the common chains. Hotel rewards programs are total shit, but at least you get something.

Main advice:
DO:
Get member numbers for everything: Airline, rental car, hotel.
If your boss doesn't give a shit, any time you rent a car get the FULL INSURANCE. If your company is paying for it then why not.
Take the window seat. Research shows you're a lot less likely to catch flu/cold on a plane if you're at the window.
Stay in hotels that have an attached restaurant preferably with a bar. It's fricking convenient.

DONT:
Check electronics.
get adventurous in new places.


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