OK, so, almost four years of rolling fuel-dumped itins - fifteen of them - that originated in the EU are coming to an end. As a result, I'm going to be stuck in OTP in late July, with no reasonable paid itin available even with a fuel dump. So I need a one-way Stateside ticket to return home. I really don't care if it originates in OTP, I'm prepared to position anywhere within the EU or even elsewhere if cheap enough. I have some typical flyerchoices, and one of them involves actually using Avios: 1. Use juicy Star miles for a one-way redemption, EU to US. Advantage: I have hundreds of thousands of them, they are easy to use, there's tons of availability, they involve some nice carriers with good service (LX). Problem: uses valuable Star miles that can perform other service. The option value of these miles is very high. 2. Use *best in class* SM on AF or the blue demons. Advantage: Perversely I like the service of the Gaullists and the Blue Demons. SM have almost no option value and I don't really mind if I blow them on this trip. Problem: the swingeing IOS that makes BA look generous. Can't book one-ways on DL and even if you could, the thirteen-tier award system means I probably can't get much for my 160k SM. Maybe not even this trip. 3. Use Avios either on IB ex-MAD or BA from LHR. Advantage: I can book a one-way award, BA's onboard product - as opposed to their notoriously Dilbertian managerial strategy, their dreadful CS and so on - is quite decent. 50k Avios should be adequate for a WT+ redemption. Problem: Swingeing YQ and other user-punishing taxes mean significant hard cash layout. 4. Fuel dump AZ to Asia, redeem on 1, 2 or 3 from Asia to US. Advantage: accumulates miles/EQM Problem: still presents choice between 1, 2 and 3. And the accrued RDM/EQM would be *best in class* SM which aren't worth anything to me. I'm leaning towards Option 3. Other factors: booking in WT+ on BA metal entails a possibility of op-up to Club. The last time I did so, I was op-upped to Club anyway. In fairness I was op-upped last year on a number of occasions on various airlines, all on standard award tickets in Y so this could also happen on LH, UA, AF. But if I choose this route, I'd pick a Friday afternoon or Sat daytime depature, ideally the beginning of the UK school hols, and a machine with limited WT+ther cabin ratio. 772?