We are currently booked to fly Southwest (as always) for an upcoming trip to Las Vegas. I booked a later departure than I like simply because the earlier departures are prohibitively more expensive. This morning, I'm poking around on the interweb and notice that United has an $76 one way fare for a much better departure time. Score! I go to the site, remember that I have some award points, check to see how many points each ticket's gonna cost me and, hey, its only 10K points per ticket. Even better! I proceed to joyfully go through the next couple of booking steps until, low and behold, a "service fee" of $150 smacks me in the face. Hmm, didn't I choose to pay with points? So, I go to the fee explanation page and, what d'ya know, United has reinstituted the fee for award travel bookings. Really, a $75 per ticket fee for bookings within 21 days. Come on United!! Guess I'll use my award points at the MP mall and continue my loyal patronage with Southwest. Thank you for allowing me to vent. I feel better.