Happy Holidays everyone, Having some quiet time today I was trying to book my wife a flight TUS-ZRH in July. As a personal commitment to myself for 2012, I refuse to purchase a W or higher fare without NC availability at booking. And of course there is no NC anytime in July for my wife. So, here is what I was thinking and would like any feedback if this can work this next year (if there is no NC at booking): Purchase a L fare (or any cheap fare) Set EF alarm's for NC on specific flights Then we have two "IF's" "IF" NC becomes available before the flight and "IF" W fare is available, there should be no reason at that time to call the 1K line and do a buy-up (without change fee) and apply SWU's. This way, I wouldn't be buying into the SWU lottery, and if the two "IF's" are met, I get the UG. If not, I just keep the low cost Y fare. Any holes in the plan (probably already discussed and I missed it)?