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Why You Should Save Your Boarding Pass

After your latest and greatest trip has come to an end, you find yourself glumly unpacking your suitcase. Your dirty unmentionables go straight into the laundry hamper, your shampoo and conditioner return to their usual perch in the shower, and your used airline boarding passes get tossed in the trash … or do they?

Not so fast, writes Ed Hewitt: “Your boarding pass can serve as proof of travel if your airline fails to give you the proper credit for frequent flier miles; this type of problem is particularly common if you’re flying on a codeshare partner of the airline in question. Your boarding pass can also be useful as a receipt for tax purposes, particularly if you’re self-employed.”

This advice holds true even if you’re using a mobile boarding pass on your smartphones — don’t delete that boarding pass e-mail from your airline until you’ve seen your frequent flier miles safely credited to your account.

Of course, there are more fun reasons to keep your boarding passes too, at least if they’re the good old-fashioned paper kind. Crafty types can create a collage, pin them to a wall map or include them in trip photo albums or scrapbooks.

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