There is a set amount of SM
seats per any given flight. This is calculated by how many Delta can allot for SM
and still operate that flight at a profit. There is at least 9 per flight.
Having said that, yes SM
seats sell out WAY in advance. People call at the stroke of midnight, when the new schedules come out, to book SM
seats 331 days in advance.
The first problem your running into is your traveling to Europe in the summer. This is their holiday season, and flights are quite full. It does not surprise me that you can get over there, but not back on SM
seats. A lot of Europeans travel to the US during this time. This is much like trying to get a SM
seat in the USA during the spring break months. It's challenging, but if you're flexible, 95% of the time it can be done
Some tips: BE
FLEXABLE! With your dates, times and airports. A lot of times they can find, say, seats to ONT
is full, for example. If you can find something close to what you want, book it and waitlist for something better. Odds are it'll clear. Failing all those options, you always have the SkyChoice program. It costs double miles, but you can fly on any flight on and day you like, and aren't restricted to the normal allotment of SM
Europe in the summer is difficult. So is south Florida during spring. Hawaii is difficult all year round, as is LAS
. Passengers take this so personally, but what you have to understand the SM
program is very popular, and guess what? A lot of people want to go to HNL
, and anywhere in Europe.
Bottomline, be willing to work with Delta and odds are they'll have something for you.
Brian - SPOT THIS!