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Savvy Business Travelers Always Do These Things When on the Road

Don't leave home without considering these smart tips for optimizing time and money while away from home.

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Small-business owners are serious about travel. Whether it's meeting with clients in a neighboring state or abroad, or packing up the family for a much-earned vacation someplace fun, business owners tend to be on the road a lot.

The more one travels, the more you learn about which mistakes to avoid when away from home or the office. Here are several tips that savvy travelers use to make the most of their time, money, and enjoyment.

Have a packing strategy. How long will you be gone? Smart travelers will make a list of the items they need before they go. If you pack at the last minute, you're almost guaranteed to forget something important.

If you're flying, familiarize yourself with the baggage policies for each of your flights, even connecting flights. The last thing you want is to show up at the airport to find out your bags are the wrong size or that you've brought too much stuff.

These days, protecting everyone's health is a top priority. In some instances, you might need to have proof of having a Covid-19 vaccine to travel at all. Regardless, it's important to practice social distancing and to wear facemasks when needed. Your health and the health of everyone around you is most important.

Use a travel-friendly credit card that comes packed with rewards. Let's face it, traveling costs money. Why not put the money you spend to good use for future travel? That's exactly what you get with the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card from Chase Card Services and Hyatt. It's designed to reward small-business owners and Hyatt customers for how they do business.

The card features an "adaptive rewards accelerator" that allows business cardmembers to earn double World of Hyatt points per quarter on categories they spend the most, to help them quickly achieve free nights, elite status, room and suite upgrades and other rewards. New cardmembers can earn 60,000 Bonus Points (equivalent of up to 12 free nights at a category 1 Hyatt hotel or two free nights at a category 7 Hyatt hotel or resort) after spending $5,000 within the first three months from account opening.

Other cardmember travel benefits include: No fee for employee business cards, no foreign transaction fees, complimentary roadside dispatch, purchase protection, travel and emergency assistance services, and more.

Make sure all essential items are in your carry-on luggage. When you're flying, keep all indispensable items on your person. This includes things like medication, identification, your phone, a charger, a back-up charger or battery, a change of clothes, etc.

It's not unheard of for a traveler's luggage to go missing, even temporarily. This can especially be true when you have a connecting flight. If you land at your destination and your luggage can't be found, make sure everything you absolutely need, at least in the short term, is with you in your carry on.

Don't forget to relax. Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, make the most of your experience. For many, that includes time for rest and recharging. Sometimes the fastest, easiest way to do this is by scheduling a visit at your hotel's spa.

With the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card you will automatically be enrolled in Hyatt Leverage program, which gives cardholders the opportunity to receive discounts at participating restaurants and spas at Hyatt hotels and resorts.

Avoid free public Wi-Fi whenever possible. The sites you visit, the passwords you type, and the information you access can all be seen and collected by cybercriminals over public Wi-Fi networks. This includes Wi-Fi in places like airports, cafes, and more. Avoid connecting to public networks and keep your valuable business and personal information safe.

Make copies of important documents. This includes your license/ID, medical insurance card, passport, etc. Make copies and email them to yourself. Having this information handy can prove to be immensely useful if those documents are stolen or go missing.

Protect yourself with travel insurance. Sometimes, not every travel experience is meant to be. After you book that business trip or personal getaway, something comes up unexpectedly and you must cancel. You certainly don't want to get stuck with cancellation fees or paying any portion of what you booked.

The solution: Travel insurance. Good news, World of Hyatt Business Credit Card members can get trip cancellation/interruption insurance when charging travel related expenses to the card. They also receive a primary rental collision damage waiver, so you can book your rental car and rest assured that you're covered no matter what circumstance may arise.

Click here to learn more about the World of Hyatt Business Credit Card and the many rewards and benefits small-business owners can earn.

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