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It sounds as if you'll be flying multiple airlines and will be staying in hotels with multiple rewards programs. If this is not the case, consider a card affiliated with the airline/hotel you will be using.
If not, Chase Sapphire Preferred would be a good pick for travel, particularly if coupled with Chase Freedom for cashback. However, An Amex card might provide more functionality for tracking/categorizing business expenses for reporting purposes. You might ask your colleagues what they use.
A note of caution about an Amex charge card...Since you're new at the company you might not have a good feel for how long it takes to turn an expense report into a check. If they leave you hanging with a $5,000 tab on an Amex charge card, be sure you have the cash on hand to pay it. If you have to roll it over, it's not the end of the world, but such a scenario would cause less discomfort with a revolver card. (My boss at a former job once got caught out on her Amex charge card and when the collections department called the office for her, our assistant put the call through to me since she was out. Gave me a laugh.)
American Express: Blue Cash Preferred (groceries, 6%; gas, department store, 3%); Gold Delta SkyMiles (Delta Air Lines, 2 miles/dollar, free checked bag).
US Bank: Cash+ (utilities, phone, internet, restaurant, 5%; drugstores, 2%).
FIA Card Services: Fidelity Amex (everything, 2%); Fidelity Visa (everything, 1.5%).
Chase: Freedom (rotating, 5%); Amazon (Amazon.com, 3%); PriorityClub (IHG hotels, 5 points/dollar); Sapphire (not in use).
*All cards are registered with PriorityClub IDine program for 8 points/dollar at participating restaurants.