No, it wasn't with a cute boy. It was with Delta. In an attempt to redeem my 55,000 Skymiles and save some money, I spent over two hours on the phone. Long story short: There are no "Skysaver" seats (these are seats that require 50,000 skymiles for a round trip to Europe) to any city in Europe for the month of May. I offered to fly into any city on any date at any time with any connections. It took her over an hour to tell me no dice. Mind you, I'd already spent half an hour searching on www.delta.com before I called.
In the last few years, Delta has added "Skychoice" seats which require twice the normal number of miles. Generally, these seats have been all I've been able to find, and I finally broke down and used 50,000 miles to fly to L.A. a few years ago. Last year I looked at about a three month span for seats to Boston using "Skysaver" and had absolutely no luck--even though I was looking in the winter and after the holidays. Basically Delta doubled the requirement for miles under the guise of Skychoice.
Anyway, the best I ended up finding is in June--a flight from Atlanta to Newark to Amsterdam (4 hour layover) to Athens, Greece with a return flight from Madrid to Rome to JFK. I'm on a wait list for flights from JFK to Atlanta, but if I do not get that flight, I would have to buy a ticket from JFK to Atlanta. Anyway, I will be cancelling my American Express Skymiles card. I spent over two hours on the phone to be told that they basically have no reasonable flights unless I want to sacrifice a tremendous amount of time--and potentially still shell out over $200 for a flight to NYC. What stinks is that they have direct flights to many European cities, but it seems Delta wants to make it as inconvenient as possible to use Skysaver seats. Since May is a cheaper, cooler, and less touristy time of year to visit Europe, it may make more sense to just shell out the $600 or so to obtain a direct flight from Atlanta to whichever city I settle on.
On the upside, AirTran has the easiest rewards program ever. When I wanted to book my flight to NYC, I just called six weeks before and told them the flight I wanted and voila I was booked. If you have a rewards program credit card that you like, I'd love to hear about it since I'll be replacing my American Express soon.