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Yesterday I wrote a tip about a huge mistake one of my friends made on Facebook. In case you missed it, that story was titled No Matter How Excited You Are For Your Trip Don’t Ever Do This With Your Boarding Pass.

The story generated a good number of comments and emails from readers who wanted to add to the tip. They’re all important so I’ve gathered them all here in this article. Here’s what they had to say:

Carol W. rightfully says, “Posting flight details tells anyone that you are not at home / at work so feel free to B&E (break & enter) your home! Posting “Today in X…” on Facebook does the same thing! Post photos when you return – “Last week on Tuesday we…”  Don’t give up your safety or your home for pointless vacation “day of…” photos!”

Carol is absolutely right and because of that, I rarely post my current location when I’m traveling, even though we have a great alarm system, attentive neighbors and other safety measures in place. But despite all that, you can never be too careful. I’ve written more on the topic in this post, which doesn’t just apply to the holidays but any time you’re traveling. 

Ross C. wrote, “Always keep your boarding pass!! You may need it to claim for lost luggage, late flights or to make sure miles are registered to your account. Make sure any possible claim against the flight is complete before you dispose of your boarding pass. And then dispose of it the same way you would dispose of any other confidential document.” RELATED: Should You Keep Your Boarding Pass? Here’s What You Need to Know

Ross is right, too. In fact, I never throw out my boarding passes or my kids’ for two reasons. One reason is to make sure their mileage was recorded and the second is that I like to keep them as a keepsake for their special boxes so we know exactly when, where, which airline and seat we flew. My box is huge but I wish I had laminated some of them because the ink is fading.

Joanna J. reiterates what Ross wrote, “Also, if you dispose of your boarding pass during your trip, be certain to rip it up so no one can change or cancel your return flights!” Which leads us back to the post I wrote about not sharing your boarding pass details.

When I’m traveling, I usually fold my boarding pass and keep it tucked into my passport. When she travels, my wife always swaps out her every day wallet for a travel wallet like this one, which is much longer and can easily accommodate her boarding pass and passport along with the kids’ without bending them. And it’s a good idea to make sure it’s an RFID wallet to keep your personal information safe, which we wrote more about here: Lockdown Your Personal Data: How RFID-Blocking Wallets Keep You Safe

I hope these tips help to make you a better and safer traveler and if you have anything to add, leave a comment below. BTW: I’m curious: Do you keep your boarding passes for keepsake reasons?

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