So, just had a conversation with someone I know (and I will spare him from being identified). He is aware that I know more ins and outs of FF programs than he does. He and his wife each have in the low six figures of AA miles. The initial question was how to increase their combined balances to 950,000 pretty quickly. (In reality, they would need 5 units of 190,000). You see, he and the wife have 3 kids. Next winter, they have a two week break, and want to use each of the 190,000 miles units to book a 25,000 - 35,000 mile Business Class Explorer Award. Starting THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS. Oh, and from the East Coast. Never mind that fact that getting a third Oneworld carrier in the mix will make things pretty tough, too. No, I'm not joking. He insists that its OK to break the family up on the TPACs, which should apparently make everything quite doable. : ). In all seriousness, it strikes me that perhaps, only perhaps, there will be a brief sweet spot on the LAX-KUL route when Malaysian first enters OW, supposedly on February 1. The 330 day rule would interfere, and they'd need to book a R/T, say 12/26 to 12/31, making changes later hoping for a 1/8 return. Equally, they are adventurous enough, and would take the kids to SE Asia rather than Australia if that were available. I can actually help them with the miles, so I'd appreciate any advice that can be made. But I generally thought this might bring a smile to some faces.