I am currently gold. Want to keep that status for standby, bags and priority boarding, security and seat selection. Here is what I have planned so far, hope that experts here can provide some advice. I have 1 MR ticketed and 3 more on hold. 1. Dec ORD-LAX-SBA-LAX-ORD (12470) 2. Jan ORD-LAX-SBA-LAX-ORD (triple DQM ORD-LAX and double LAX-SBA = 12470) 3. Jan ORD-LAX-SBA-LAX-ORD (12470) 4 Jan ORD-DFW (3208 with DQM). With the Jan trips, I should qualify for gold. I think because my current gold status run through Feb, 2012, there is no longer the need for the first ticketed MR. Here are the questions: 1. When I finish the three MRs in January, will the status lasts until Feb 2013? 2. If I do not do the Dec trip, I should still have no gap in my status, right? 3. Will I get any money back if I do not fly the Dec trip? Can I get a voucher with the fare paid - change fees? Thanks!