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Today’s the day—Apple Watch is here! But only if you pre-ordered it, like I did: my $699 model, the 42mm Stainless Steel Case with Black Classic Buckle, is supposed to come sometime between today and May 8.

Some people say “the Apple Watch is the same thing as the iPhone,” but it’s actually more. I’ll be doing a full review later, but for now, here’s what I’m most looking forward about my Apple Watch.

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1. Tracking fitness/sleep. As I recently heard someone say at a TED Conference, “sitting is the new smoking,” meaning that a sedentary lifestyle leads to everything from anxiety to cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes and high blood pressure. Traveling around the world (like I recently did on my whirlwind New York-Brazil-Korea-China-Hong Kong trip) means sitting for long periods on a lot of airplanes, potentially missing lots of sleep (even in fancy first-class seats) along different time zones. Equipped with a variety of fitness and biorhythm measurement tools, the Apple Watch tracks your movement, calories burned, and your sleep patterns, all of which are critical to health. Having real-time access to this info will help me—and any traveler—make better choices about self-care.

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2. Keyless SPG check-in. Today, Starwood launches the SPG App for Apple Watch, enabling SPG Keyless mobile check-in and the ability to unlock your hotel room door with a flick of the wrist. (No more fumbling with key cards!) The app will also display your reservation details, directions to your hotel, and your SPG account status. SPG Keyless service is now available at most Aloft, Element and W hotels around the world.

With the Apple Watch, you'll be able to see all your American Airlines flight info on your wrist.

3. Using a mobile boarding pass on my Watch and checking email as I go through the metal detector. American Airlines and Jet Blue now allow passengers to access their mobile boarding passes on the Apple Watch—but other carriers are scrambling to get on board even as you read this. Having Watch-access to e-mail at all times is a big plus, too—because even though my TSA Precheck status means that security takes only a few minutes, it’s great for business to be able to stay connected, anywhere, anytime.

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Photo by Kayla Tausche (@kaylatausche)

4. Wrist taps for important info like flight delays and gate changes. I think that Apple Watch’s most unique feature is the “taptic engine,” which can slightly tap your wrist to alert you to important info—in my case as a frequent traveler, flight delays and gate changes. I often get those alerts on my iPhone, but even when it’s on vibrate, I often don’t feel the sensation and miss some important alerts. Getting a wrist tap will certainly get my attention. 

If you haven’t already ordered your Apple Watch online, know that you can still make an appointment at an Apple store to check the watch out in person and try one on. The Apple Watch should be available to purchase in stores in June—until then, be sure to check out How the Apple Watch Can Earn You Points and Miles!

Citi Prestige® Card

While Citi announced some negative changes to this card back in July — including a lower sign-up bonus, the elimination of Admirals Club access and the end of the free rounds of golf benefit — one of its most valuable perks still remains, which is the 4th Night Free perk.  This benefit alone can save you thousands of dollars a year if you use it to its full advantage.

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  • $250 Air Travel Credit each year, and receive a statement credit, up to $100 every 5 years, as reimbursement for your application fee for Global Entry or TSA Pre √®
  • 4th night hotel benefit for any hotel stay at hotels booked through the Citi Prestige® Concierge
  • Earn 40,000 bonus points after $4,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
  • Points are redeemable for a $532 flight on any airline or $400 in gift cards.
  • Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
  • Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
  • 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases
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