In 2012 we were looking for award seats to Italy early in the year for September and there was nothing to be found. Then in late April, a few seats were available. Does anyone know if this a usual practice? I'm thinking that if a flight is not totally full, they will open seats to at least fill them and get the frequent flyer miles off the books. Do any of you frequent flyers out there know if this is usual or was it a one time fluke?