So, I'm looking at buying a flight right now and while I know that after baggage, the Southwest flight is going to be significantly cheaper after and more convenient after baggage fees, I'm seeing the lower number for the United and the fact that I'm only 180 points away from Silver Status on Star Alliance and wanting to go for it.

I'm not even 100% that Silver Status is going to make my life any better but I've flow more than I ever have this last year and the prospect of being treated a little more like a human and getting an extra checked bag, is really appealing to me right now—even though it's a much smarter overall decision to go for the Southwest flight.