I've never done standby before, so I'm not exactly sure how it works. Anyways, on friday I'm set to fly RDU-MSP-PDX leaving RDU in the evening and getting to PDX a little before midnight. I'd like to get back to PDX earlier if at all possible, but the only other NW RDU-MSP flight is early in the morning. That won't work. There is a midday RDU-DTW, then DTW-MSP-PDX flight that would work, but I'm not sure if I'm allowed to fly standby for it since it's five hours before my booked flight. Also, I'd like to not waste a day at RDU (already done that once this year), so I'm not sure what to do. Is there any chance that anyone has the load factors on flights 1691 and 595? Should I wait until friday morning, check in online, and look at the standby options, then see if I can switch my cab to the airport?
Any advice would be appreciated. The NW website helped some, but it didn't give me too many details.