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6 presents to give the frequent flyer in your life

Dec. 20, 2019
5 min read
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It’s not always easy finding something to buy that special someone. With Christmas just around the corner, last-minute present buyers might benefit from a bit of travel-themed inspiration.

A solid set of wheels

First things first: If you travel a lot, your suitcase will certainly rack up some baggage belt miles, too. You need durability, light weight, practicality — and why not throw in a bit of style to boot?

There are many brands out there to choose from, with one of the big names in luggage at the moment being Away. Read TPG’s full review here to see if it’s the right fit for you or your loved one.

(Image courtesy of Isabelle Raphael/The Points Guy)

For a like-for-like comparison, Macys has an extensive selection of more than 400 suitcases by various brands that range from a very affordable $65 to upwards of $1,550. What’s more, you can earn up to 6 miles per $1 spent through the American Airlines AAdvantage eShopping mall.

Related reading: Everything to know about maximizing online shopping portals for bonus points and miles

In-flight personal device holder

At a time when we’re glued to the screens of our personal devices more than ever, reliance upon airlines’ inflight entertainment is becoming less and less. But how does one comfortably watch shows and films without getting an aching arm? Enter TabletHookz, possibly the perfect gift for the frequent economy class flyer. The company sells a nifty gadget that adjusts to fit most airplane seat backs as well as personal hand-held devices in all shapes and sizes.

(Image courtesy TabletHookz)

Lounge access

If you’re flying in economy and don’t have any airline elite status, spending time in an airport before a flight can be a rather stressful start to any holiday or business trip. Thanks to The Platinum Card® from American Express, you can get access to Priority Pass lounges across the world (enrollment required). If your traveler doesn’t have the card, you can buy a membership outright. You can get different memberships depending on how often your travelling recipient flies.

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Related reading: 9 of the best Priority Pass lounges around the world

ExpertFlyer membership

ExpertFlyer is a tool that most TPGers and AvGeeks swear by. Having an ExpertFlyer membership gives you access to all the information you would need to know about your flight including seat maps, schedules and flight status. More importantly, it helps you to find reward availability as well as the power to set up alerts when seats become available. There are three different membership options, ranging from completely free to $99 per year.

ExpertFlyer is owned by the parent company of The Points Guy, Red Ventures.

AirPods Pro

According to one of TPG’s most frequent flyers, Zach Griff, there are several reasons why Apple’s new AirPods Pro should be on every traveller’s wish list. Prices start at $159. Don’t forget to check portals to earn maximum miles for your Apple purchases.

(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)
(Photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy)

Seat extenders for children

It wouldn’t be Christmas without including the kids. Turning a child’s plane seat into a bed is not only more comfortable for them, but will undoubtedly make a parent’s experience far more enjoyable, too. There are several options available, with prices starting as low as $89 for the Fly Tot.

Related: Best Airline Credit Cards for Families in 2019

(Image courtesy Fly Tot)

Bottom line

If you’ve still got something to buy the frequent flyer in your life, you still have plenty of options. When you do make your purchase, make sure you use a shopping portal to maximise your points — and at the same time make that traveler in your life very happy.

Featured image by Getty Images/iStockphoto
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Pros

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  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
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1.5XEarn 1.5X points on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year
1X1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
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    The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.

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  • Annual Fee

    $695
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Good, Excellent

Why We Chose It

It's hard to find a card that competes with the mile-long list of benefits that come with the Amex Business Platinum. While it's certainly not the card for the average consumer, a business owner with tons of expenses -- especially related to travel -- will find this card incredibly valuable. This card is similar to the consumer version that Amex offers, but with more business-oriented perks around statement credits and earning rates that are a better fit for business owners.

Pros

  • An up to $100 credit for Global Entry or TSA PreCheck application fee every four to five years
  • Up to $400 annual credit for eligible U.S. Dell purchases (enrollment required)
  • Gold status at Marriott and Hilton hotels (enrollment required)
  • Access to the Fine Hotels & Resorts program and Hotel Collection
  • Extended warranty protection
  • International Airline Program and Cruise Privileges Program

Cons

  • Steep annual fee
  • Difficulty meeting $15,000 welcome offer for smaller businesses
  • Limited high-bonus categories outside of travel
  • The Points Guy Exclusive Offer: Earn 150,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $15,000 on eligible purchases with the Business Platinum Card® within the first 3 months of Card Membership.
  • Get 5X Membership Rewards® points on flights and prepaid hotels on amextravel.com, and 1X points for each dollar you spend on eligible purchases.
  • Earn 1.5X points (that’s an extra half point per dollar) on eligible purchases at US construction material & hardware suppliers, electronic goods retailers and software & cloud system providers, and shipping providers, as well as on purchases of $5,000 or more everywhere else, on up to $2 million of these purchases per calendar year.
  • Unlock over $1,000 in annual statement credits on a curation of business purchases, including select purchases made with Dell Technologies, Indeed, Adobe, and U.S. wireless service providers.
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Get up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year for checked baggage fees, lounge day passes, and more at one selected airline.
  • $189 CLEAR® Credit: Use your Card and get up to $189 back per year on your CLEAR® membership. CLEAR® is available at more than 50 U.S. airports and stadiums.
  • The American Express Global Lounge Collection® can provide an escape at the airport. With more than 1,400 airport lounges across 140 countries and counting, you have more lounge location options than any other credit card on the market as of 9/2021.
  • $695 Annual Fee.
  • Terms Apply.