A friend and I are going skiing this winter and a funny thing happened. I used delta.dumb search engine to look for FF seats. Guess what - my PM status shows 25k seats while his SM status shows only 40k seats. I call the medallion line and ask what gives? The answer - DM & PM get allotted many more low level seats. Then GM gets less and then SM gets less. So I would guess this is one reason no status gets just about ZERO 25k seats. So, it is confirmed that you will need higher status to get more low level seats!