Have being reading posts on this board for some time now and gained some valuable information. Thanks for sharing. I wanted to go to Hawaii for a couple of weeks sometime in the second half of the year. Managed to get two F/F J class tickets on 5/10 but could not get a return in J class until 28/11 so just booked the outward leg. As much as I would like to stay for that long.... I am now trying to figure out the best way to get back. My thoughts are , book return in economy and then apply for an upgrade again using my points. I am Gold status so I would ask for exit row seats (in case we are stuck with them) . We would be flexible with coming back probably on a Thursday but as there are only 3 flights a week I imagine they might always be full. These days I really don't want to fly any more than 3 hours in cattle class. Do any of you flying gurus have any pointers?