I called AA a couple days ago to see if they would post my DEQ11 miles early so I would be flying Gold this weekend. The agent said she could not get the miles to post early but was able to put an exception on my account and flag it as Gold. So today flying to LAX I put in for the upgrade request figuring I had no shot of getting it. To the shock of the GA there were no Ex Plat or Plat on my flight! Scored a 1st Class seat! What a great start to Platypus Day. On the other side of the coin AA also called me yesterday and cancelled my SFO MR I was going to do this morning. The 2 flights after were booked and I had to cancel the cheap flight and rebook later in the month at a higher price. I hope AA will give me the exception again when I get to the edge of Platinium!