Found myself at the airport hours early for a flight. Was sitting at my gate and the flight there was going to the same airport that I was flying to. I asked the gate agent it the flight was full. He asked if I was an "elite" or whatever with their frequent flyer program. If I was not they would have to charge me a change fee. So the airline would rather fly an empty seat than fill one now and possibly be able to resell my original seat.
I opted to save the change fee and enjoy an adult beverage across the hall.
All I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by; John Masefield
Carnival: Glory 2004, Destiny 2008, Splendor 2009, Freedom 2011, Valor 2012, Dream 2013
Celebrity: Summit 2011
Princess: Ruby 2010, 2014, Caribbean 2013, Coral 2014, Regal 2014
Star Clippers: Royal Clipper 2015