4 tips to build your bleisure travel muscles

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Taking the blah out of business travel is easy when you combine a little leisure “me time” on your trip. Just ask any seasoned road warrior and they’ll wax poetic about the bennies associated with “bleisure” travel. Nerdwallet.com recently offered some nifty tips for mixing business with pleasure that are worth taking note of:

4 tips for bleisure travel

If you plan to blend your business and leisure travel, here’s how to make it a win for you and your company.

GET TO KNOW GOOGLE FLIGHTS

Yuan says Google Flights “allows you to find all the cities, and the fares, near your destination. It’s a great way to tag on other travel.”

He recalls one of his most memorable bleisure trips. “I had several meetings in Jakarta, and I thought, ‘Where can I go for the weekend before?’” Through Google Flights, he found that he could fly from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Bali for less than $100. “If I’m flying for 24 hours to get to Jakarta from the United States, I want to go ahead of time. So I spent the weekend in Bali, and it was also the weekend of my birthday.”

GET TSA PRECHECK OR GLOBAL ENTRY

For frequent travelers, TSA PreCheck or Global Entry is essential for expediting the security check. You don’t need to remove your shoes or belt, and you can keep your 3.4-ounce liquids in your bag and your computer safely in its case. TSA PreCheck costs $85 for five years and Global Entry is $100 for five years. (Global Entry includes TSA PreCheck.)

Several popular travel rewards credit cards, including the Chase Sapphire Reserve℠ and The Platinum Card® from American Express, reimburse cardholders for these fees.

REACH ELITE STATUS IN AN AIRLINE’S LOYALTY PROGRAM

“If you don’t have status on an airline, get that first,” Yuan says. Elite status in a frequent flyer program gives you airport lounge access, priority boarding, complimentary upgrades and more. When you’re on long-haul flights or visiting multiple cities, these luxuries can make travel a  better experience.

WATCH YOUR EXPENSE REPORT

Keeping your personal expenses separate from your business expenses is a no-brainer.

“We’ve found that many employees will have two separate credit cards — one for business expenses and one for personal expenses — which makes it easier for reporting purposes,” Bandourian wrote.

Again, make sure you review your company’s rules and guidelines regarding travel first.

For more tips and advice on the best travel reward credit cards and earning more points, read our post with travel reward and credit card expert, Jason Steele.

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