Here's a new one for a UA flyer who has started dumping more cash in to AA. I've flown a bunch of AA flights since September last year and I'm aware that UAs stand by policy for 1Ks is superb compared to whatever it is that AA has as a policy for EPs. I've gotten to LGA (the route I fly the most) trying to stand by for an earlier flight. If there are seats at check in, I'd get a seat in coach and clear F at the gate. I get to ORD around 1PM today, we're on the 620PM to LAX today, check in agent couldn't be more helpful getting us on the half full 325PM and confirmed great seats for us. Head to the club for a while and when arriving at the gate we see our name on the confirmed list, but not on the upgrade list. I go to speak with the gate agent and she says we're not confirmed in coach yet. I showed her the BP and she said the flight is half full, so we'll get on but these are just temporary seats. I asked why we didn't get a priority verification card, she said when it was plenty of room they would confirm temporarily. So as we were at 30 minutes before departure, I asked if she could just confirm us so we could get on the upgrade list. She said we needed to pay 75 per person bucks for it, then she would confirm us on the flight.. Ehhhhh. ok..... 8 on the stand by list, 3 seats in biz and ONE EP, rest was Gold and Plat. I guess the policy is to upgrade EVERYONE on the upgrade stand by list before confirming stand bys, even if the plane is empty so if you want to get on the upgrade stand by list, you need to pay 75 bucks to get confirmed in coach, even if you have assigned seats The agents I've dealt with so far has just done what's best for the EPs, but officially, this is the policy. So heads up UA ship hoppers: Super retarded policy alert!