Boarding passKeep Your Boarding Pass
Yesterday’s tip was about making sure your frequent flyer number is on your ticket. Well, just because the number is on there doesn’t guarantee you’ll get credit for the flight. That’s why you should always log into your account a day or two later to make sure (American and Delta usually credit within 24 hours).

If your credit is not registered in your account (it does happen), you’ll need your ticket number to request it—and the ticket number is on your boarding pass, so don’t throw it away after your flight. I keep all of mine because I’m a packrat but also so if I don’t get credit for my flight, I can prove to the airline I was on the flight.



Tried this tip? Let me know in the comments!
Have your own tip? Email it to!
Want to see more tips? Click here for all 396!

Want even more travel tips? Subscribe to the Daily Travel Tip newsletter! All you have to do is sign up for the weekly newsletter by filling in your email address and checking the Daily Travel Tip box in the top-right corner of the homepage.

If you already subscribe to the newsletter, fill in your email and check the Daily Travel Tip box in the same top-right corner of the homepage and you’ll receive an email with a link to update your preferences. On that page, just click the Daily Travel Tip box and Update Profile and you’ll have Johnny’s best tips, straight to your inbox each day. And don’t worry—it’s easier than it sounds!

Johnny Jet

The comments on this page are not provided, reviewed, or otherwise approved by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.

Editorial Note: The editorial content on this page is not provided by any bank, credit card issuer, airlines or hotel chain, and has not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

5 Comments On "Travel Tip of the Day: Keep Your Boarding Pass"
  1. MaryG|

    EXCELLENT ADVICE JJ…I work for an airline and what many people don’t realize is the award programs are self-monitoring.

  2. CJ|

    Great reminder! Is taking a picture of the boarding pass sufficient? I always have the pictures on my phone, but don’t always remember where I put that boarding pass stub.

  3. Tiana|

    Won’t the email version of your boarding pass work?

  4. pmlago|

    Hi Johnny Jet,
    I see that you not only did not pay $12.50 to get early boarding but you did not check in 24 hours before departure. New to Southwest? Good tip on saving your boarding card. I usually print mine at the counter before the flight so I know I’ve got a record.

    1. Johnny Jet
      Johnny Jet|

      Yeah, that was a while ago and I pay the $12.50 now

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *