I have read on a few blogs that AA allows a leg of travel to an international gateway on an award redemption. Used creatively, it has been said this can get you a free trip, as long as you travel in the same 330 day period, these connections can be more like separate trips. If I am not mistaken, though, one would still need to purchase one-way tickets on both the first and last trip? For example, let's say I book LA to Chicago to Paris, then Paris to Chicago to Seattle.... the LA and Seattle trips being the "free legs". I need to figure out a way to pay to get to those destinations, correct? Sorry if this is obvious but I didn't see it spelled out anywhere very specifically.