I had to fly from ATL-YYZ yesterday as a reverse positioning flight for an MR. While I admit flying a regional affiliate is not the best way to experience an airline, I was rather disappointed with my flight in F on a DL regional CR9 yesterday evening. Must say it was worse than my UA experiences on their regional flights, which is pretty bad. My dilemma was paying $650 for a one-way, or using an award. I had access to some orphan DL miles and finding that AC had nothing available and both AA and UA were inconvenient flight times since I’d have to do a connection at DFW or IAH and not get home until after midnight, or leave too early in the day which would mean no sight seeing around Martin Luther King’s historical district, and the US Parks Service’s interpretive centre on the civil rights leader and the movement he led. So I booked a 25K award in F on DL. (Yes, a waste, though previous searches to use these miles failed to turn up any transcons or longer flights on DL itself for this many or a few thousand more miles.) Now I know regionals don’t cater the same way as mainline, but at least UA gives us a box of snack items like hummus and pita chips and veggies, etc. AA gives a fruit plate and sandwich wrap, as does AC. Yesterday on a flight scheduled as 2h 5m departing at 5p we got offered a bag of horrid trail mix or a banana! Nor was there any scotch nor the promoted/promised DL One special Jim Beam single barrel! I had read that DL had led the way in improving inflight catering on its NAmerican flights, so I can hardly imagine what I'd have been offered prior to these improvements?! And why am I told on my boarding pass that boarding would begin at 4:05p when we didn't start boarding until 4:30p? In my experience the only other airline that never boards at the time stated on the boarding pass is AC. I suppose these are some of the reasons the DL elites I know have been fleeing to AA.