What was not possible through regular award booking channels; was possible through AA Vacations! A bit of background... I'm a total noob, just started the miles game with the citi card bonuses. The entire objective was to make a family vacation happen in May/June. Mission accomplished and then some! Lowest mileage awards would have been 140k total (4 ppl DFW/CUN). This ideal scenario was just not possible this close to travel dates... few available awards were horrible dates/times. Through AA Vacations I was able to book for May with great nonstop flights and a great hotel with room upgrade. I booked through the Citi cardholders portal for an additional discount (highly recommend). Bottom line... the mileage portion of the total was 151k, only 11k more than a traditional flight award. The cash portion turned out to be much less than what we were going to pay elsewhere... win/win!