Frequent air travelers might do well to consider airline-branded credit cards that exchange boarding priority, award miles and other perks in exchange for annual fees, writes columnist Joe Sharkey. The benefits of the credit cards can make the flying experience much more pleasurable. "I have a feasible choice: drop the American Express Platinum card I use for travel, which has a $450 annual fee, but no priority boarding rights. Instead, I can pay the smaller fees for various airline-branded cards that offer priority boarding and other perks," Sharkey writes.

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