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What Are Your Favorite Noise-Canceling Headphones?

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TPG reader Marcus tweeted me to ask about travel gear:

@thepointsguy – “What are your favorite noise-canceling headphones for travel?

I think it’s important to have a great pair of headphones for air travel. It’s nice to be able to control your airplane environment, and even if you’re flying in first class, it can get loud. People always complain about children and babies being noisy, but I find drunken business people to be even worse! You always want to have a good pair of headphones to slip on.

I’ve tried several pairs over the years, and I just keep coming back to Bose. The Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones have been my favorites for years, and I like them because you can still use them even when the battery runs out. I used Beats by Dre for a while, but I was annoyed by how often they needed recharging. If you’re on a flight and you can’t charge them, then you can’t use them. So I just love my Bose!

You can't beat a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones!
You can’t beat a pair of Bose noise-canceling headphones!

The newer version Bose makes is the Bose QuietComfort 25. They’re $300, but they sound great, and fold up so you can tuck them into a carry-on bag.

Keep in mind that you can buy electronics at many office supply stores to earn 5 points per dollar with the the Ink Plus Business Card. You can also buy through Apple or another computer manufacturer. Don’t forget to check shopping portal offers, too — AAdvantage is offering an additional three miles per dollar at Bose right now.

I know there are a lot of great noise-canceling headphone products out there, so please share your favorites in the comments below.

If you have any other questions, please tweet me @thepointsguy, message me on Facebook or send me an email at

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