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Baucus Needles Airlines on Frequent-Flier Redemptions
Between blackout periods, seat supply and other restrictions, it’s getting harder and harder to redeem frequent-flier miles, and this has not escaped the notice of Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) of the Senate Finance Committee. Opening a hearing on FAA tax proposals, Baucus welcomes a West Coast academic witness with word that he will receive 4,824 mi. for his trip. Later, however, he says he’s learned that the miles are redeemable only for magazine subscriptions. “I guess you’ll have some reading material for the flight home,” he says. “Thanks again for joining us.”