I have some basic questions which I haven't found the answers to yet, so I felt like it might increase the knowledge base, especially for us newbies here at MP. If your home airport is not a main hub for an airline on which you are planning award travel, how do you account for it? For example, I see lots of examples of award travel to Asia through the west coast (LAX, SFO etc) or travel to Europe through the east coast (YYZ, JFK, IAD etc). So when you want to book an award, how do you easily get to the coast? Is it included in the award booking, or do you have to plan separately for it? For example: My closest airport is SLC. If I wanted to plan award travel to Asia via CX with my BA award miles with a destination of SIN and perhaps stopovers in BKK and HKG, will I be able to get there from SLC on the standard business award ticket of 100K miles, or is that only good from LAX? To my knowledge, CX doesn't fly out of SLC, so I'd likely have to fly AA to get to LAX first and then jump to CX. Does having to use these two airlines increase the amount of miles needed for this award ticket? I hope my questions are clear. I'm just trying to sort it all out in my head right now. Thanks in advance for your answers and comments!