I've been an MVPG for a few years now and over the last 12-18 months, at least for me, Gold certs have become fairly useless. On the routes where I can typically call up and have them applied (say, West Coast routes), I don't need them because I'm nearly always upgraded anyway. On the routes where I'd like to use them because upgrades are dicey (transcons) or essentially impossible (Hawaii), whenever I call the MVPG desk, I'm told I can't use them on that flight. Am I the only one having this problem because I'm missing some trick of Gold certs? Or is this common to MVPGs?