Lots of award seats -- really?

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.chicagotribune.com/trave...velpkctnxf-a20120529-20120529,0,1394133.story

    Scoring a frequent flyer award seat is getting easier, says a new report from Ideaworks (http://www.ideaworks.com). Its most recent annual "Switchfly Reward Seat Availability Survey" found that the overall average first-try availability rose five percentage points over last year to well over 50 percent. The survey's methodology was rock solid, so I don't doubt the accuracy of the findings. But they certainly don't jibe with my own experience -- and maybe I can explore some reasons why.

    The survey measured the frequency with which test bookings were successful for two coach/economy seats on at least one flight for the specified dates at the lowest "saver" mileage award requirement level for some of each airline's most popular routes. Dates covered spanned availability on searches conducted in March for travel on various dates in June through October of this year. And the results are surprisingly positive:

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  2. Flyer1976
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    Sure if you're searching between say... LGA-DCA or mhmm perhaps SFO-LAX but not the coveted routes like PPT-AKL or LAX-PPT as an example...
     
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    I'm sure it's all about dates, routing, and the sample size.
     
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  4. Steven Schwartz
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    Let's get real. All of us know more than most of these journalists!
     
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