My gold status runs out on 31st March ( a day of mourning for me). We have two return (upgradable) economy flights booked to SF with connection to Vancouver on 4th May with a return flight 3 weeks later. As I have been using points for most of my recent travel my status credits are sad. I am paying for these tickets in February and will be applying for an upgrade 90 days out. I would imagine that paying for the tickets in February means nothing and that we will be flying as lowly Bronze, ( even though if we included the fare paid in Feb we might have got to silver) would that be the case? I would also imagine that being bronze my chances of an upgrade on this route would be slim. Also, I have decided to renew my QC membership ( which ofcourse came comp with the gold status). This means that I can take one guest into the QC lounge (?) but we are travelling with another couple and have a rather long stop over at LAX on return - is there a way of getting two extra passes for not a lot of money. I would not be able to use the QC and leave my friends to fend for themselves - then I would be out in the terminal with the masses and grumbling under my breath. Oh boy do I sound like a spoilt B*&#$ but travelling Bus Class sure does spoil you. Thanks for any insight or advice you clever guys might have.