Well, this week's big story is the lack of frequent flyer seats available to Delhi in December. We have FF miles (courtesy of some very nice people who spend a lot of time on airplanes), but there are no seats on which to use them. Apparently everyone from India who is living in the United States goes home for the holidays.
So we're looking and looking and looking. The airlines keep telling us to call back in a few days because "maybe they will release more seats". Uh-huh. At this point, I'm thinking of digging my way through the Earth's center to reach India.
Of course there is a special irony in that everyone I talk to on the phone at United is clearly in India themselves.