The airlines? They suck. Let us gripe about them. →
Last year at christmas, on my way back from Texas, I gave up my seat on a horribly overbooked US Air flight for the sole purpose of having a free ticket *this* christmas. That was the deal -- they gave me a free round-trip ticket. I had to stay overnight in a shitty hotel in Dallas, and I had to get up the next morning at 4 to catch the flight they put me on, but I figured the free ticket would be worth it.
Using this free ticket to go home next month is costing me $359, plus airport fees, plus $15 for my bag, plus another charge to sit by the window or on the aisle.
So much for my "free round-trip ticket."
I really, really love Southwest, and I'm never flying another airline again.