Trying to plan a trip to CDG for June 2014. Awards are not available yet but I am estimating availability based on how things look now for May 2014. I will use AS miles to get there and I will likely position myself to LAX. Looks like my most likely options are: 1. LAX-CDG, Direct flight on AF business class on the A380 for 62.5 miles per ticket. 2. LAX-MIA-CDG, This is on AA and the flight over the pond is on a 763. This would also be in business class but for 50k per ticket. 3. LAX-LHR-CDG. Also on AA and on the 77W. Business class, 50k per ticket. This is my first choice but unfortunately it looks like AA is only releasing one award ticket per flight on the 77W's LAX-LHR route and I need two. Assuming I won't be able to book #3, what's the collective opinion on 1 vs 2? Is the direct flight worth an extra 12.5 per ticket?