What I’d Least Like to See Changed about Each Frequent Flyer Program

United scared me a lot on Friday when it tweeted that changes were coming to MileagePlus.

United still hasn't told us what those changes are, but insists we'll like them.

It's very unlikely I'll like them much. It could be a minor enhancement, but there are very few things I would change about United MileagePlus that United would also change.

Amazing Deal: Ink Bold and Ink Plus Offers Increase to 60k Ultimate Rewards for One Week Only

From now until June 22, Chase is increasing the sign up bonus on the Ink Bold and Ink Plus to 60,000 Ultimate Rewards after spending $5,000 in three months.
These are two of my absolute favorite cards.

How to Enjoy Southwest’s Sale that Ends Today Even If You Don’t Fly Southwest

Southwest is having a big sale on all of its flights that ends today at 11:59 PM ET. The sale is good for travel from August 26 - December 18. Almost everyone benefits from this sale.

Great Southwest Sale Nonstops for $49 to $149 Based on Distance

Southwest is running my favorite type of its sales--the distance based ones. Oneways of the following lengths are the following discounted prices.

The great thing about these deals is that they are widely available, include two checked bags, and earn double points!

Here are the details:

Purchase by 11:59 PM on Thursday and travel Monday-Saturday from April 3 to June 8. There are city and systemwide blackouts also.

You don't need any special promo code. You can just do a normal search on southwest.com.

Double Southwest Points until May 15

Register for the new Southwest Double Points promo that runs until May 15, 2013.

Southwest and AirTran Get Cozier: What It Means For You

According to this thread on FlyerTalk, Southwest Airlines has started to display bookable AirTran flights on its own website. The first AirTran city pairs offered on Southwest.com are Atlanta <-> Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta <-> Fort Myers. A sample screenshot of the newly available flights is below.

These flights are still bookable on AirTran's website.

Southwest Announces New Fees That Make Perfect Sense

According to this thread on FlyerTalk and this thread on Milepoint, Southwest will now start charging a no-show fee for those who fail to cancel their tickets before the flight departs.

Extra fees, especially on traveler-friendly Southwest, are never a good thing. But I am shocked that a fee like this wasn't in place before. Now that it is, I honestly can't blame them for implementing it. It makes sense to penalize when Southwest could resell the seat for a higher price at the last minute.

Announcing the Winner of the Free Oneway Anywhere Southwest Flies

Last Friday's giveaway was a free oneway anywhere Southwest flies. I said I would pick the winner this way:
I want an expensive award to win, but I also want everyone to have a chance, so here’s what I’ve devised.
I will use a random number generator to select three sub-$170 entries to enter round two. I will take all over-$170 entries to round two. I will then use a random number generator to pick a winner from the entries in round two.
I’ll check whether the winner from round two has award space.

Free Giveaway Friday: Oneway Trip to Anywhere Southwest Flies

Today I'm giving away a free oneway award on Southwest Airlines that must be flown by April 20, 2013. Specifically, I am giving away half of a standard award--a capacity-controlled award on Southwest Airlines. Standard awards are a relic of the old Rapid Rewards program.

Eight months ago, I converted 19,200 Rapid Rewards points to a Southwest standard award. I explained how to do that in How to Exploit the Southwest-Airtran Merger.

I did this because Southwest currently effectively operates two loyalty programs, a revenue based program and a chart-based program.