So, "never say never" and all that, but we've been wait listed (since August ) for our return flight from Paris in early January. EF is showing R3/J3/Y5/B5. At this point, I am pretty concerned I am going to experience my first ever "miss" of an international upgrade using eVIPs. I came close once before coming back from FRA, but I think that was my first year as EXP and I was still a bit green -- I would've been OK with being in coach then. But now...? Thinking about it really has me down. (And yes, I realize if one's most pressing problems are worrying about international upgrades, one doesn't really have very "pressing problems"!) This has pointed out to me just how spoiled I have become. I can never, ever not be EXP ever again. So, now I have to start steeling myself. How does it work back there? It's been ages since I flew coach internationally with AA, and I've never done it as EXP. Will they give EXPs free alcohol in the back of the plane on international flights like they're supposed to domestically in Y? That would at least dull the pain in my backside from 11 hours of being in a mostly upright position. I know lots of people fly coach and live to tell about it, I'm just not used to it. Any encouraging words for me?