As many on this board know, I used to be a DL flyer. While DL has a much inferior frequent flyer program, their "same day confirmed" feature is much better than the complementary "stand by" that AA offers EXPs. Several months ago, I wanted to leave on an earlier flight since some plans had changed and I had the opportunity to leave earlier. When I inquired they offered for me to pay $75 for a confirmed seat on the earlier flight. Otherwise, I could try to stand by for the flight for free... and maybe get on the flight... and only get an upgrade after all the elites on the upgrade list cleared - even if they were only gold or plats. I ended up standing by and losing the upgrade. Does anyone else get annoyed by this? I think that the same day confirmed flight change should be free for EXPs. DL and UA provide this service free of service for their top elites. I know I could have emailed AA with this feedback, but figured I'd get your feedback here on this board first. What do you guys think? How do you handle your same day flight changes?