Becoming a Delta convert here. Am in London, Mrs G.E. is in NY, heavily pregnant. I just got the call this morning to fly to NY... "NOW" !!! I've never redeemed an award flight on Delta. Just for kicks, I checked availability for award flights, and what do you know: 100k return biz class LHR->JFK, with an initial departure leg just a few hours after I book. Wow. These boards set my expectations awfully low on redemption availability on Delta... yet they're totally coming through precisely when I need them. I'm impressed!