I am a CO gold that currently has 42K EQM for the year, so I am easily on my way to Gold/1P again this year. I have been CO Plat for the last 10 years but my biz travel tapered down seriously last year. Most of my tickets are last minuted Y/B up fares so I am almost always in F even though I am now a lowly Gold. However I need to make a work trip in a few weeks WAS-PHX and I am grateful that my company pays for F on tickets over 1200 miles, but the lowest F ticket is on AA so I wouldn't be earning status miles in my preferred carrier. I am unsure of my biz travel for the rest of the year it is unclear whether I would make the 75K threshold, but will certainly make the 50K threshold. The outbound is on a Monday morning and would be in discounted economy so the likelihood of an upgrade is slim and none if I took the CO/UA combo. The return is a Thursday morning so my chances for an upgrade would be better. What would you do?