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Heads up, Southwest travelers. Hopefully it’s a glitch (or payback for my teasing them) but the airline of LUV quoted me two wildly different prices to change an award flight. Quick Backstory My family and I have an upcoming trip to Las Vegas for a friend’s birthday party. We opted to fly Southwest from Burbank instead of Delta out of LAX for a few reasons: LAX is a disaster right now (more than usual). Flying to Vegas from LAX would take longer than driving. BUR is closer to our house. And much simpler. I had Rapid Rewards points to burn, thanks to one of my clients who nearly always books us contractors on Southwest I had enough Rapid Rewards points for one round trip, so I used them for my reservation. My wife and daughter booked using a separate Rapid Rewards account topped off with enough points thanks to a…

The topics of “independence” and “travel,” got my mind going a bit. I thought about “free agents”: people who shop around for the best deal and don’t stick to just one airline or hotel loyalty program.

Many Rene’s Points readers are very loyal — or at least rather partial — to Delta Air Lines. Because I’m a Delta Medallion and fly the mothership during 90% of my travels, really I’m not an airline free agent per se.

At least not yet, though the mothership sometimes does cute things to test us (like upgrade people in Basic Economy, sell first class seats for $2, devalue SkyMiles…)

Hotel-wise, that’s a different story. That’s where I am a free agent and I must say — I kind of like it.

Like most things in life, it has its pros and cons.

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