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Mileage To The Max

Fly high.

Decades ago, it was green stamps. Customers got them with groceries, gasoline, sometimes from plumbers. Once pasted into books, green stamps could be redeemed for toasters, glassware, cigarette lighters and all the other stuff folks coveted in the Eisenhower and Kennedy eras.

Today, just about nobody collects green stamps, but most of us have piles of frequent flier miles, earned at airlines, hotels, rental car companies and sometimes for using certain credit cards. To maximize your mileage and get the biggest bang out of your accumulated totals, read on.

After hoarding points for years, Robert McGarvey ( proudly boasts he's accumulated more than 75,000 American Express Membership Miles.

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This article was originally published in the September 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Mileage To The Max.

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