Tony’s Tips and Tricks for Business Travel

If you follow Insurance Nerds’ career advice, you’ll eventually end up in a job that requires a bunch of travel. This is how you survive and thrive business travel. Tony travels a LOT. 151 flights last year and already at 91 this year. Here are the key things he’s learned along the way.

Time to commit to one airline:

1:50 – Commit to an airline
2:50 – How to choose your main airline
4:00 – Delta, American or United. Choose one. Southwest doesn’t count (for most people)
4:40 – At times you might pay more for any given flight, having a connection or flying bad hours, but it’s worth it, both for you and for your employer.
5:00 – Why you committing to a single airline makes sense for your employer
5:40 – When things go wrong (which happens often) having status makes it much more likely you’ll make it where you need to be in time and won’t miss any meetings
6:45 – Benefits to you for having status
8:25 – How do you make status?
9:00 – Choosing the right seat (closer to the front, Aisle is better than window)
9:45 – The further back, the more families and infrequent travelers in front of you and it takes exponentially longer to get off the plane to make your connection
10:30 – Status lets you board first which guarantees overhead space
10:37 – Never, ever, ever, ever, ever check a bag (unless you’re forced to)
11:55 – Manager Tools episodes on travel: , and
12:25 – Your Credit Card Matters
13:20 – Lounge access
13:00 – Delta Reserve Card
14:30 – Equipment
14:35 – A wallet phone case (
15:15 – Card carrier by
15:45 – A nice pen. Mine is a simple $20 Cross pen (
16:00 – Bullet journal or mole skin type journal (
16:25 – Simple headphones wired or wireless to take a phone call without holding a phone to your ear
17:00 – Noise cancelling headphones to save your sanity and help drown out noise during phone calls at the airport. First I had the Bose QC-15 . Recently upgraded to Bose NC-700 Bluetooth ( which also quickly transform into wired.
18:45 – A proper set of luggage.
19:15 – Tumi or Briggs & Riley
19:45 – Briggs & Riley Domestic Carry-On:
20:00 – Lifetime guarantee
20:20 – Suit compartment
20:30 – Expandable
21:00 – Fits in the overhead of every small domestic plane
24:00 – An executive backpack (I forgot to show how it fits on top of the bag)
24:30 – A BIG mobile battery. Mine charges my iPhone about 10 times, can charge my Mac and Switch. I . use Anker PowerCore+ 26800 ( but soon I will probably upgrade to the newer version that has USB C charging for the battery itself instead of Micro USB.
25:30 – A portable electronic bag. I use this cheap one ( Also, I don’t mention it in the video but most of my cables are premium braided nylon fiber Anker Powerline+ II, they’re rated for 30 years and will basically be obsolete before they ever break.
26:50 – Belkin Mac to HDMI adapter (
27:00 – Logitech top of the line presentation remote (
28:00 – Nintendo Switch (
28:30 – Portfolio, mine is from Leatherology
29:15 – Portable Anker speaker (
31:19 – DJI Osmo 3 gimball and tripod (
32:35 – Anker charger to charge them all. (

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About Antonio Canas

Tony started in insurance in 2009 and immediately became a designation addict and shortly thereafter a proud insurance nerd. He has worked in claims, underwriting, finance and sales management, at 4 carriers, 6 cities and 5 states. Tony is passionate about insurance, technology and especially helping the insurance industry figure out how to retain and engage the younger generation of insurance professionals. Tony is a co-founder of and a passionate speaker.

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