Can I expect award seats to open up?

Old Sep 30, 19, 11:28 am
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Can I expect award seats to open up?

I don't have a lot of experience with domestic award travel. I'm looking for YYZ-YQT round trip, and on a day I know has 70%+ cabin availability (on all 3 flights) AC is showing no rewards. Anyone have experience as to whether they'll open it up closer to the date, or if they'd rather fly empty?

There is a competing and cheaper Porter option, so if AC doesn't release any award seats by D-1 I'll just book Porter.

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Old Sep 30, 19, 11:52 am
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The morning flight on the 4th has 139 seats for sale in Y, and the vast majority in K class. So I'd say chances are quite reasonable, but not guaranteed.
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Old Oct 3, 19, 8:20 am
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Well it's D-1, I guess Air Canada is just gonna be unreasonable then.
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Old Oct 3, 19, 9:04 am
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With over 200 seats still available tomorrow it's a shame.
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Old Oct 10, 19, 12:11 am
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With over 200 seats still available tomorrow it's a shame.
The decision to release seats is based on some calculus between potentially foregoing a last minute walk-up fare. And the imputed value of the reward.

But if there's really 200 seats available and the turnaround is similarily empty, that's a good candidate to march the passengers over to T3 and buy them tickets on WS.
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