Credit Cards & Shop

I frequently get asked what items make traveling easier.  My favorite travel items are posted below.

Credit Cards

Booking travel with a card that offers:  1) trip delay and cancellation insurance; 2) baggage delay insurance; and 3) primary rental insurance, is critical.  Last year, my trip to Switzerland was delayed by one day due to bad weather weather.  My Chase Sapphire Reserve credit card covered the $400+ in non-refundable fees that I incurred for changing the dates.  While everyone’s situation is different, I recommend that frequent travelers check out the following cards:

  • Chase Sapphire Reserve:  Earn 50,000 points for spending $4,000 during the first three months.  Earn three points per dollar spent on travel and dining.  I find this card most useful for its complimentary insurances–primary rental car insurance, delayed/lost baggage insurance, trip delay/ cancellation insurance, and price protection.  Complimentary $300 travel credit and $100 Global Entry application credit.  $450 annual fee.
  • American Express Business Platinum:  Earn 50,000 points for spending $10,000 and an additional 25,000 points for spending an additional $10,000 during the first three months.  I prefer the business platinum to the personal platinum because it offers a 35% rebate on points used to pay for flights (1 cent per point plus rebate), 10 free GoGo passes (in-flight internet), Marriott Gold status, and Hilton Gold status.  Complimentary $200 airline credit (airline of your choice) and $100 Global Entry Application credit.  $450 annual fee.
  • Chase Ink Business Preferred:  Earn 80,000 points after spending $5,000 during the first three months.  I like this card for its earn rate:  3 points per dollar spent on travel, shipping, internet, cable, phone, and certain advertising expenses.  $95 annual fee.

Head Phones

My Bose QC35 is an excellent set of headphones.  If this set is too expensive, you can also purchase a used set of Bose QC15 for a significant discount.

Bose QC35 Headphones

Travel Backpack

I wanted a backpack that could serve as a work backpack and as an airplane personal item.  I found the perfect mix.

Kenneth Cole Reaction Back-Stage


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