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No packing required: a new startup business called DUFL will eliminate packing from your travel routine altogether.

DUFL takes packing off your list.
DUFL takes packing off your list.

For $10 a month, DUFL will store your selection of travel essentials—clothing, toiletries, underwear, etc.— in a special suitcase at its warehouse in Tempe, Arizona (where they’re hiring, FYI). Every time you travel somewhere, use the app to choose items from your “virtual closet” and they’ll pack them all up for you.

For $99 per trip the service will have your case waiting for you when you get there. Then when your stay is done, just pack it all back in the case; they’ll pick it up for you and wash everything and keep it nice and fresh and ready for your next trip.

DUFL scans your items into a "virtual closet."
DUFL scans your items into a “virtual closet.”

Perfect for business and frequent travelers, DUFL means no scanning any bags through security. No worries about lost or stolen luggage. All you have to do is receive the DUFL suitcase at your house the first time, put a set of clothing and toiletries into it that you will only use on your trips, and then send it to them. Receipt and delivery of the suitcase are both included in the service.

DUFL BAG for customer service.
DUFL BAG for customer service.

Not to worry if your travel plans change mid-trip, as actual human beings answer the phone if you need to call after your flight is canceled or your plans change. The best thing? The phone number is 884-DUFL-BAG. Can’t make this stuff up, folks.

The service is only available for domestic travel in the US right now. There is no limit on the weight of your contents, only the amount. They’ll ship whatever fits into your DUFL bag. If you want more than one DUFL case shipped to your destination, just add additional “trips.”

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The way these travel apps are developing so quickly, pretty soon we won’t have to do anything. Just a few taps on a smartphone, and we can hop in an Uber ride waiting for us at our doorsteps to ride to the airport, wait in style at the airport club lounge, stroll out of our destination airport into a luxury rental car that’s waiting for us, waltz into a hotel where our reservation is already handled and our bag is already there, and wave our watch at the hotel room door and it will magically open.

Next year I’ll be telling you about how all of the above can happen with telepathy. Wouldn’t that be nice?

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Aside from the limited-time sign-up bonus of 100,000 points, Amex recently made huge improvements to the Business Platinum Card, including the fact that you will now earn 50% more points on purchases of $5,000 or more and cardholders will receive a 50% Airline bonus when you redeem Membership Rewards for all or part of an eligible fare.

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  • Limited Time Offer: Earn up to 100,000 Membership Rewards® points. Offer expires January 25, 2017.
  • Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $5,000 and an extra 50,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • New: Get 50% more Membership Rewards® points. That’s 1.5 points per dollar, on each qualifying purchase of $5,000 or more. You can get up to 1 million additional points per year.
  • Plus, continue to get one point per dollar for qualifying purchases under $5,000.
  • New 50% Airline Bonus: Use Membership Rewards® Pay with Points for all or part of a flight with your selected qualifying airline, and you can get 50% of the points back.
  • New: You can also receive 50% points back on all First and Business class flights, with all airlines available through American Express Travel.
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