With the economy roaring back to life and airline ticket prices falling, many businesses are sending their employees back on the road in order to connect with clients and co-workers.
If you too are navigating the friendly skies with more frequency than before, you may want to consider the following travel credit card tips for business travelers.
1. Stay flexible
It can be tempting for business travelers to stay loyal to a single airline, but you should not take it for granted that your airline will stay loyal to you. Airline frequent flier programs have become less rewarding over the last few years by offering fewer upgrades to elite fliers and requiring more miles than ever for award tickets.
Instead, travelers should consider earning flexible travel points in rewards programs that may be redeemed in a variety of different ways. This way, you are not locked into one airline if its policies change to provide fewer benefits.
2. Maximize your miles
Another way to get the most bang for your rewards buck is to use a travel credit card that offers "miles" in a bank-run program. There are credit cards that offer double miles on all purchases, and each mile is worth one point as statement credits toward travel reservations.
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3. Forget about fees
Some credit cards are starting to offer statement credits toward airline fees, like baggage charges or seat selection. For example, The Platinum Card from American Express card offers $200 in statement credits each year toward fees, including those for checked bags, ticket changes and in-flight purchases of meals and drinks.
4. Get global entry
By far the most important thing that business travelers can do to save time and reduce their hassle is to get a membership in the Global Entry program operated by the US Customs and Border Patrol agency. Global Entry members can speed through immigration upon arrival at U. airports and also receive access to the TSA's PreCheck program, which offers expedited security for domestic flights.
There is a $100 application fee for Global Entry, but several credit cards offer statement credits to pay this fee; these include the aforementioned Platinum Card from American Express, and the Citi Prestige.
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