On our vigilant trips through the various frequent travel program sites, we like to pause occasionally and look at the award redemption numbers that some of the programs publish. Continental has award redemption numbers dating back to January 2001 on its Web site. There is a table that displays the total number of travel and upgrade awards redeemed per month by active OnePass members. Active members are defined as members who had account activity during the listed month and have at least 5,000 miles in their OnePass account.
In December 2007, 125,769 awards were redeemed, that was the lowest total redeemed in any month in 2007. In December 2006, the number was 113,021; between 2001 and 2005 the numbers for December ranged from 104,986 in 2004 to 98,009 in 2002. The most number of awards ever redeemed in one month was January 2007 with 171,117 redeemed (as of this writing the number for January 2008 had not yet been published) and not surprisingly, the lowest number recorded was in September 2001 when only 76,565 awards were redeemed. You can see the full list at http://www.insideflyer.com/link/?823