Y'all know I'm a big critic of Delta, I even coined the phrase Skypesos. Though I do like them for their V Australia partnership (best business class availability North America - Australia non-stop) and Air France business class availability can be decent (check out IAD-CDG after June 8 or thereabouts when it goes A380, often 6+ business award seats per flight). But I have to give them props, unsold seats do open up last minute. I gave a domestic coach ticket to someone so they could attend a funeral. Booked this afternoon, travel is DCA-DTW-DCA roundtrip on Wednesday. Had my choice of most flights both directions. Paid fare was ~ $1140 roundtrip. BWI would have been much cheaper, ~ $450, but he doesn't drive and that would have been real tough for him to do same-day. So 25k miles, non-stops, granted just to Detroit and back but it's good to have a stash of miles all over. Now, I could have used US/UA for the same trip and there was availability there too. But I admit, I was glad to be able to help and especially using my Delta miles. I'm generous, but I'm not that generous. (ok, I'd have given him UA miles for the ticket too, but I was glad to be using the Delta miles). Thanks, Delta!