I just booked my usual year-end trip to spend three weeks in Asia between Dec 15 and Jan 9. While I have 2 GPUs remaining, I could only use one of these to request upgrades for outbound flight segments since both upgrade instruments would be expiring on 12/31 and thus would not be valid for upgrading the inbound flight segments in 01/2013. The other option is to use miles and $$, but this would cost $450 on top of the ticket price and 30K miles, which I am not willing to pay. That leaves one last option: I will hit 100K+ PQMs in mid-November to requalify my 1K status. Would I get the GPUs right after I requal for 1K or would I have to wait until Jan 1, 2013 for the GPUs to be deposited? Also, before the merger, UA was giving 1K re/qualifiers the option to obtain their SWUs before Jan 1. Is this still an option post-merger? I realize that since my return trip isn't until Jan 9, I would at the very latest have 6 new GPUs on Jan 1 that I can use to request upgrades, but that is so close to the return date that my chances of clearing might not be that good; it remains an option, nevertheless... I could not find the info about when GPUs are made available to 1K re/qualifiers anywhere so thank you in advance for your thoughts.