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Issue #588 — Dec. 30, 2009

CONTENTS

Up Front

  • Bidding a Not-So-Fond Farewell to 2009

On Site

  • Returns next year

Reader Rants & Raves

  • Returns next year

Sweeps & Freebies

  • Returns next year

Steals & Deals

  • Returns next year

Miles & Points

  • Returns next year

Up Front

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Bidding a Not-So-Fond Farewell to 2009

As we did last week, and for the last time this year, we are departing from our normal format to bring you a holiday grab bag of travel-related news and advice, from myself (Tim Winship) and some of my colleagues at SmarterTravel.com, FrequentFlier.com’s sister publication.

For this year-end issue, we promised you more of an emphasis on significant events over the past year. So here are ten 2009 stories with implications for 2010, five on travel generally, five on topics related specifically to loyalty programs.

Among the latter: British Airways’ short-lived credit promotion, the U.S. Mint mileage scheme, Senator Chuck Schumer’s call for mileage program oversight, the relaunch of JetBlue’s TrueBlue, and the consolidation of Delta and Northwest’s mileage programs.

We’ll return to our usual format next week. In the meantime, feel free to email us with any comments or observations — we’ll publish them in the “Rants & Raves” section in upcoming issues.

Best to all for 2010. And as always: May your miles never expire.