I sometimes travel with my 86 year old father. He lives with me in Costa Rica, but sometimes likes to go home to Texas. Having dementia, he spent all of his savings, so his Social Security check and I support him. His old bones don't work too well, and his brain can't always get the message to his limbs that they need to move one way or the other. In other words, he is in need of a Business First seat to be comfortable, but he can't afford it. I don't mind pitching in for it, and in fact always have. But... We are headed to Dallas next week, but have the most strange situation I have ever seen with regard to his upgrade. I bought our coach tickets on one online purchase. The upgrade was $281 per passenger in each direction. I wanted to spread out the cost, so I bought him an outbound upgrade at $281, and planned to buy his return upgrade a week or so later. When I went back to do so, his return upgrade had changed from $281 to $451. Mine still shows $281, but I don't want one for me, as I have never failed to get an upgrade on this route. I called the Elite desk, and they say that both figures are correct. We are both traveling on the same fare class. I thought they were mistaken, so I waited a few days and called back. Same answer. I have since spoken to two ticket agents in person (one at DEN and one at IAH) who tell me that it makes no sense. Both of us should have the same rate on an upgrade. I could (and may have to) buy my upgrade for $281 and let him use it, but that means that we will be separated in flight, as he is not Elite, and I separated the tickets so I could buy his upgrade and still get my comp. Sitting in coach won't kill me, but he may suffer some dementia-related confusion without my guidance. There is always the option of using miles, but I hate to do so. A Business First ticket costs 30,000 miles one way if booked in advance, and they want 25,000 for this upgrade. That just burns me up. Before the merger "improvements" it was always 15,000 miles for an upgrade on this route. If the pricing were not so obviously wrong, then I would do what I have to do to resolve this. With it so painfully clear that the price is wrong, however, I want to be sure that there is no way to fix it before I step up and overpay - be it with miles or money - for his return upgrade. Sorry for the rant. Has anyone else ever dealt with such an issue and achieved a satisfactory solution?