The ending of loyalty programs provide conciusive evidence of the collapse of airline competition and make obvious the collusive lock of Wall Street on The skies Where once airlines were run by airline people who tried to win and keep and be nice to passengers or else they would take their business elsewhere, today there is basically no credible elsewhere. A lost loyal customer was to be regretted: "we may never get him back" was the concern. Now the airlines are waging war on choiceless Americans. Hopefully a Special Prosecutor for the Airline Mergers will get to the bottom of how the Blackstone group and the other hedge funds were gifted with a multi billion dollar windfall of taxpayer money. What has replaced loyalty programs can best be called scamarama-it is an invitation for those spending other people's money to seek out rip off fares that are passed along to frequently unwitting victims . So loyalty schemes are now replaced by Schemes to Defraud.