Composition of relic
These cards were used to incentivize people to fly hundreds of thousands of miles around the world on planes, for business and (mostly) pleasure.
Factors that led us to abandon this object:
A number of factors led to the decline in air travel: improved high speed rail links connecting major cities; cultural shifts to phone and online meetings that reduced the need for business travel; localized tourism; and the end of fossil fuel subsidies made oil-fueled plane travel an uneconomic transport choice.
Obstacles in the way of this relic being abandoned:
The airline and oil industries both fought hard to maintain fossil fuel subsidies and to block the creation of high-speed rail links and improved local transit hubs.
Strategies we used to overcome those obstacles:
Local organizing led to cities and states prioritizing rail and mass-transit infrastructure. Pressure on the Government by voters resulted in the ceasation of fossil fuel subsidies.