Like most of you, I plan ahead!. We are looking at going to Australia around January, 2014. While First Class would be nice, I'm more than happy if we can get flights with great Business seats. The best we have seen would be Cathay Pacific JFK-HKG-SYD (or MEL). Too many BA Avios points to use them and my sense is that the US Air miles would not be easy. Plus, Cathay Pacific is generous in making award seats available. Okay, here's the scenario. Use Marriott Rewards points to get a travel package which would include a hotel for a number of nights plus 120,000 miles transferred to Alaska Air. RT per ticket in Business on Cathay thru Alaska costs 120,000 miles. I'd rather not transfer my Starwood points to Alaska as I've used a bunch lately. An alternative is to buy the 120,000 miles over the next 3 weeks. Alaska has a promotion to the end of the month which would give a 40% bonus on purchased miles so 56,000 miles would cost $1100. All the miles I need would cost under $2400. I'm a newbie with Alaska and have no idea if this bonus is something they offer periodically or something I need to jump on. So how does this sound? I've already checked and seats are usually available - altho that could certainly change in a years time. Still, I would probably be booking this by February - only 5 months away. Does this sound like a reasonable strategy? Any better ideas?! Appreciate any feedback. Many thanks.