I was looking for plane tickets to go to Florida for vacation in April. Holy hell is it expensive! The checked bag fees are really irritating me too. I thought ok I have enough miles for 2 tickets. I have 54,000 miles. If I want to go and blow an entire day of vacation and travel from Detroit to HOUSTON to Orlando it's 25,000 per ticket. If I want a decent time to fly it's 40,000 miles per ticket, plus checked bags, whicg would be $150 roundtrip. Why should I stay loyal if my miles don't work for me?? Southwest is the cheapest but I got such a good deal last year it's hard for me to pay $350 more this year.