And I have managed to do it without any status. I wonder what the elite would think?
Some people used to do a similar thing, but the other way.
Because of SQ's restrictions on booking J/F/R for *A partner redemptions, people used to try and 'predict' a equipment swap from the 772 or the 773 to the 77W/388 and book the flights in advance on the old configs, hoping to get a new one when SQ swapped the planes out on the route.
I am not that clever.