One new 'feature' of the current MileagePlus program is that you are issued your six 'Global Premier Upgrades' as soon as you hit 100,000 miles. Since they are only valid for one year, that means that the upgrades that I received on 31 August 2012 need to be used by 31 August 2013. Formerly, the default was to receive your SWUs when the new year began, and if you wanted them earlier you simply had to request them. I suppose this strategy helps the UA bottom line since more members will end up forfeiting their unused GPUs. So, what could I have done? Obviously, if I've gotta fly, I've gotta fly. Perhaps I should have purchased the same itinerary through a codeshare using a different Star Alliance FF program membership, but these are often more expensive. Any other ideas? Could we petition UA to give us back our choice?