Back in January, I booked a RT ticket to travel to SYD this week. I intended to request GPUs for both ways so I searched for GPUable fares (W and higher). To my surprise, I found a V fare, which is higher in pecking order than W, that cost significantly less than W and I snatched it immediately in the hope that it would increase my chances to clear the GPUs. The itinerary: Outbound: JFK -- p.s. --> SFO --- 744 ---> SYD Inbound: SYD ---744 ---> LAX --- p.s. ---> JFK After I applied the two GPUs on January 30, I was waitlisted for all the segments. Looking at the seatmap for the SFO->SYD segment around mid-Feb got me worried that I might be flying the 14+ hours in E+ because the F and C cabins showed hardly any availability and even Y was filling up very quickly. Thus, in the event that I got stuck in Y, I wanted to make sure that I'd have one of the best E+ seats. Looking at seatguru indicated that of the seats still available 33B,C (exit row) would be a good choice. I grabbed 33C, as B was a middle seat. Just before departure day, the Y->C U/G on the p.s. cleared. However, I was still waitlisted for the SFO-SYD segment and the seatmap showed no availability at all in any of the three cabins. During flight on the p.s., I paid for internet access and checked the upgrade list for SFO-SYD: it was very long and I was at no. 7, so I knew that I would be flying in E+. Upon arriving in SFO, it became clear why the SFO-SYD flight was so full and why upgrades were scarce: Most of the plane was filled with scientists attending a meeting of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics this week in SYD and I was one of them! In addition there were 14 GSs on this flight and -- the first time I have seen this done - all 14 were called by name to get up to the elite lane to start boarding! In sum, this reports my first (and hopefully the last) failure of the year to clear a GPU. Because the GPU for the long-haul SFO-SYD segment did not clear, one GPU has already been returned to me (I arrived here yesterday). I am still waitlisted for both segments for the return trip. A long story to just say that I failed to clear a GPU but I thought the circumstances were sort of interesting. Please tell us of your GPU successes or failures, along with the context if you found it interesting. *Post edited for many typos and to correct return itinerary.