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Like MOC said, the Amex Plat. is your best bet. You really do sound like someone who needs that card. It would be wasted on me now, but if I were in your situation, I would get it, too.
As for hotel and airline partner cards, pick the provider you like best (if you have a choice), and then pick the card. As for hotels, you know where your customers are, mostly, so find out what hotels would be most convenient for you in those cities. Also, what kind of leisure travel would you like to use the rewards for (discount with family, resort, etc.?). Some chains have better options than others depending upon what you want.
The Starwood rewards program and companion Amex card are very highly thought of by many (the best?). I'm not a fan of Starwood, though; as an infrequent traveler, they deactivated my account (very annoying when I went to use it). Marriott has kept my account open with no activity for years.
I'm currently using IHG PriorityClub rewards card. I think IHG customer service and website are fantastic and they have a nice range of hotels, but their program is probably about the least generous among the big ones.
With regard to expenses, since you'll be racking them up, keep in mind that you might have to carry some of that for a while if your company is tardy with reimbursement. Keep enough liquid cash in the bank to cover yourself if you need to, or use a revolver card when you're starting out if you're not sure how quickly those reimbursements will come.
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.