hitting refresh IS a strategy : not one I, or many others like, but its a way to get a task done : therefore its a strategy. Flying 30x F27's on a route is a strategy ; also unpopular, but its still a strategy.
I used BA at LHR as an example of RL : for various reasons, mostly a legacy issue from the BOAC/BEA merge, it dominates LHR. But it could be any other dominant airline at any other major capitals airport. The issue is there are more airlines wanting to fly than slots to let them (as in AWS), so any slots that come free, or might come free, (as with the demise of BMI) are fought over with the usual demands for fairness or some other way of deciding matters which cant ever address the basic issue, there is not enough to go around to please everybody, so any allocation system will p*ss off far more than it pleases, and thats inevitable.
I dont want to come down harsh, but basing in a major airport, up against experienced players, is a tough issue : the problems are great, and so are the rewards for success. But actually, the problems are not unique, its a matter of scale, mostly.
I run a pathetically small mini-airline in the boondocks : guess what, I'm waiting on slots too, if I want to fly at the best times or squeeze in that extra flight that makes the profit for the day.
I do wish you luck, its a brain-clench of a game at times, but one of the better ones around.