Air Travel Booking Dilemma
I'm trying to book our 2014 trip on AA: Chicago-Dallas-Maui. DH and I want to use miles to upgrade to first class. We want to fly on a 767 for the long leg Dallas-Maui.
The problem is that we can't book our return flight for early March until the airline opens bookings in mid-April. By then, all the upgrades will be gone for our outbound flight in early January.
I know, nothing *serious*, but does anyone have any ideas?
Could I book a one-way outbound now and pay a ticket change fee to convert to a round-trip when the reservations open in April?
Could I book a round-trip now with a fake return date and pay a ticket change fee to change the return date to March when the reservations open in April? (For instance: Depart Jan. 1; Return Jan. 6, then change to return Mar. 3.)
The second seems dishonest, and I don't know how pricing is affected by the first option. We *used* to do this easily, but now retiring Boomers snap up the available upgrades VERY fast.