THE COMPANIES WE'RE KEEPING
Dear JoeSentMe member:
The deals I've put together for Executive-Level members ($99/year) are unique. They have no strings or small-type restrictions. And I have no vested interest: I receive no fees or payments of any kind if you do business with these companies. To claim any discounts, consult your Executive membership packet or drop me an E-mail. -- Joe Brancatelli
ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF PARTICIPATING FIRMS
There's no end to the complexity of international voice, text and data services. And when you can untangle it all, you then have to deal with the cost. Cellular Abroad helps solve the problems. The company, which also supplies many branded communications products for National Geographic, is an invaluable resource. It rents and sells international mobile devices, SIM cards and international mobile data hotspots.
The Cellular Abroad Offer: Receive 20% off any rentals or purchases.
Owned by a journalist and operating for nearly 40 years, Cook Travel specializes in discount international business- and first-class fares and supplies premium seats at a substantial savings. Cook Travel also offers upgrades from full-fare coach on many international airlines. It also has net fares for substantial savings on last-minute travel.
The Cook Travel Offer: Receive 10% off published fares on SkyTeam international business- and first-class tickets. Receive 5% off published fares on Star Alliance international business- and first-class tickets. Complimentary upgrades on most airlines when available to business class from full-fare international economy. Booking fees for international tickets waived.
THE DREAM OF ITALY NEWSLETTER
I visit Italy regularly, which is why I'm mad about the Dream of Italy newsletter. It covers Italian travel, culture, food and life with great passion and gusto. Published ten times a year, the newsletter offers in-depth destination stories, terrific features about day-to-day Italian life and lots of news, tips, recipes and suggestions for your next trip to Italy.
The Dream of Italy Offer: Receive two years of the newsletter for the price of a one-year subscription.
ELIFANT ARCHAEO-CULTURAL TOURS
Elifant Archaeo-Culinary Tours are unique, small-group trips for sophisticated travelers who delight in learning about the ancient world while indulging in the culinary present. They have been created by two experts I know well, Elizabeth Bartman and Maureen Fant, and have toured with in the past. They have married luxurious lodging and top-notch dining to their archeological touring. Better yet, the Elifant packages include everything but the airfare, leaving you free to use miles to claim award tickets or make your own way, in your own manner, to the tour.
The Elifant Tours Offer: 10-15 percent off package prices.
THE ENTREE NEWSLETTER
Luxury is a very personal thing and that is the guiding focus of the Entree newsletter. Editor and publisher William Tomicki travels the world searching for the very best airline, hotel, resort and dining experiences. He's quite demanding and uncompromising in his opinions and each monthly issue of Entree is an extremely personal look at the state of luxury travel.
The Entree Offer: Receive 50% off the price of a one-year subscription.
GLASER DESIGNS LUGGAGE AND BRIEFCASES
Kari and Myron Glaser have been handcrafting fine luggage and briefcases for business travelers for more than 25 years. Glaser bags are practical, stylish and of the highest quality. They are made from the finest leathers, fabrics and fasteners. I should know: I own two Glaser garment bags, two Glaser briefcases and a Glaser carry-on. Glaser bags aren't cheap, but they are a wonderful investment. And they're actually less expensive than buying an endless string of cheap bags every year.
The Glaser Offer: Receive a one-time discount of 10% on a purchase.
MedJetAssist (see below) is the travel industry's most trusted emergency- evacuation firm. Now it has created InsureAssist and partnered with some of the best names in the insurance field to offer a wide range of travel coverage, too. If you need trip-cancellation or trip-interruption coverage, InsureAssist is there to help.
The InsureAssist Offer: A special price, representing a savings of about 5%, on all coverage.
Luggage Forward is the nation's premier luggage and sports-equipment delivery service. And with the airlines slashing or eliminating their free checked-luggage allowances, hiking their "excess" baggage fees and losing our checked bags at alarming rates, shipping with Luggage Forward makes more sense than ever. Luggage Forward offers four speeds of domestic shipping and two speeds of international shipping.
The Luggage Forward Offer: Receive 5-10 percent discounts on any international shipments. Receive 10-15 percent discounts on next-day domestic deliveries.
Business travelers, literally and figuratively, need a sense of place. And no place helps you find that literal sense of place better than Maps.com, a terrific resource for wall maps, atlases, globes, travel maps, map-related CD-ROM products and travel guides. They've got a huge stock of both domestic and international maps. They sell both paper and digital maps. The site is easy to use, simple to negotiate and chock full of the stuff we need to find our way.
The Maps.com Offer: Receive 20% off all your purchases over $3.95.
Know those all-too-true horror stories about travelers who suffer illnesses or injuries on the road and then get stuck with gigantic bills just for the medical evacuation? I know of only one way to avoid becoming such an expensive statistic: MedjetAssist. If you are hospitalized virtually anywhere in the world, MedJetAssist will fly you to the hospital of your choice, at no charge. MedjetAssist is the only company I know that offers this no-questions-asked service. My MedJet Assist card is the one I never leave home without.
The MedjetAssist Offer: Receive $35 off an individual or $50 off family annual memberships.
The best investment a traveler can make in his or her own comfort and productivity on the road is membership in at least one airport-club network. Priority Pass, with more than 600 airport clubs worldwide, to be absolutely invaluable. It offers access to many Air Canada and Alaska Airlines clubs as well as airport-sponsored VIP lounges and pay-per-visit clubs in cities across the globe.
The Priority Pass Offer: Receive 20 percent off the price of any of the three annual membership plans.
PONO MUSIC PLAYER
Neil Young's contributions to music in the last 50 years are legendary. And now he's created Pono, a music player that honors the people who create the music. The high-definition player, developed with Phil Baker, our own technology columnist, is perfectly portable for road trips with your existing earbuds, earphones and music. You can also pair it with self-powered speakers for home use, too.
The Pono Music Offer: Receive 15 percent off the price of any Pono Music player and free standard ground shipping.
By disposition and habit, I'm a garment bag kind of guy. But I understand that the vast majority of business travelers prefer rolling bags and are always looking for the "perfect" case. Porter Case may be the company that makes the perfect rolling case for you. Its line of hard-sided rolling bags includes models that double as a luggage cart. Others are stackable. And Porter Case also make a fine line of soft-sided rolling bags, too. This is luggage for business travelers by business travelers.
The Porter Case Offer: Receive 30% off the manufacturer's suggested retail price of any Porter Case and free standard ground shipping.
RUDY MAXA'S WORLD
Rudy Maxa has had a notable career as a mainstream journalist before turning to travel. Now he is the host of some of the most innovative travel shows on public radio and television. Many of his recent television shows are collected on DVDs that are great in anyone's collection.
Rudy Maxa World's Offer: Receive 20% off DVDs of Rudy's shows for public television.
Many of us (me included) have switched to GSM-enabled mobile phones, which work in about 150 countries around the world. One of the best suppliers of unlocked GSM phones, country-specific prepaid SIM cards for GSM phones, satellite phones and mobile-phone supplies is Telestial.com. Telestial's Web site is easy to use, chock full of useful information and a great guide for experienced and novice GSM users.
The Telestial.com Offer: Receive 15% off all your purchases.
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