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Want to get a head start on your airline status or that reward ticket to Hawaii for 2018? Best study these five stories.

Navigating hotel and airline loyalty programs can be confusing. This year, we gave you tips and tricks from in-the-know points nerds on how to boost your status, found more ways to rack up your miles, and showed you what it’s like to be part of that coveted million-mile club. Read on for the five stories you found most helpful in 2017.

5. Why You Should Join an Airport Loyalty Program
Yes, airports have their own loyalty programs, too—and some are definitely worth joining. Find space in your wallet for one more rewards card and you could claim free Wi-Fi, dining discounts, and more.

4. Lyft Rides Will Now Earn You Airline Points
A legacy airline and Lyft have joined forces—so now, you can earn miles for trips when you’re getting a ride to the dentist (or the bar). Trust us, you’ll want to enroll—those points add up.

3. Perk Up With These Under-the-Radar Hotel Loyalty Programs
Sometimes, just because a hotel isn’t part of a big brand doesn’t mean that loyalty goes unrewarded. Here are programs that allow you to earn points at independent and boutique hotels.

2. What Can You Get for Flying 1 Million Miles (or More) on an Airline?
What’s it like to be an ultra-elite flyer? Multiple airlines offer special perks such as lifetime elite status and Porsche gate transfers.

1. 7 Ways to Pad Your Miles in 2017
There are plenty of creative ways (hello, Lyft!) to collect enough miles for a reward ticket throughout the year. Here’s how to earn and multiply your miles—even when you’re on the ground.

>>Next: Our Readers’ Favorite Air Travel Stories of 2017

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