2. Join a Mileage Rewards Program

If you’re a frequent flier, one of the absolute best things you can do is enroll in one or several mileage rewards programs.

I, for instance, recently signed up for an airline’s mileage rewards credit card, which has certainly come in handy.

Along with the obvious benefit of racking up miles I can put toward free first class or economy tickets, my membership in this program also allows for extra perks like priority boarding, a free checked bag and occasional passes to the airline’s private lounges, all of which help ensure a smooth, hassle-free trip.

Of course, mileage programs and their sign-up requirements are as varied as the airlines themselves, so be sure to research options before choosing the ones that are right for you.

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