I recently booked award travel for myself on UA First Class, GJT-DEN-LAX-MEL in March 2013. I was thrilled to see award travel to au open up. I had checked to make sure there were seats for my husband and myself, which there were. I then had a severe vertigo attack (are the award travel Gods against me?) and had to go to bed before booking my husbands flight. Of course the next day I was unable to book one leg of the flight for him, from DEN-LAX. I can do a strange schedule of DEN-ASP-LAX and still get first class on the LAX-MEL flight. And I can buy an economy seat on the DEN-LAX flight for $134. So I thought I would just book the strange schedule of him going through Denver and Aspen, but buy a non-refundable seat on the flight we want, since it is so cheap. And if a first class award comes open on the DEN-LAX, I would call United and have them change his award travel. Do you agree with this strategy? I did call UA, and could not get an award seat on the DEN-LAX even by pleading. But I want to keep the First Class award flight from LAX to MEL. Thanks so much!