And that's exactly what I have done - 2 separate trips to Rome now have me on my new carrier of choice, IB. I'm not "done with" this because I'm still harboring the hope that this IS some kind of computer glitch. My fantasy is that the AA presence here would investigate this, because this is a PR issue and especially since the resulting increase of Partner award bookings would not benefit AA as much as bookings on AA metal. And that our intrepid AmericanAirlines will uncover the glitch, and presto, the 'U' seats will reappear. The only alternatives to the glitch theory that I can reason is that somehow limiting partner availability is next on the chopping block. That or AA considers the majority of the flying masses to be too ignorant to choose a partner airline and is anticipating them coughing up double the miles to fly their metal. Or of course the other answer would be that AA sells out the J cabin to paying pax on a regular enough basis for them to black out the 'U' seats. (It's just that this last theory seems odd to me, given that JFK-CDG and JFK-MAD still offer 'U" availability and I would rate CDG, MAD and FCO on par). And si signore, it is everyone's right to ask questions - whether they're ever addressed is another story. But I'd hardly consider myself possessing any kind of right that's divine. I dig Caesar, don't claim to be him.