Okay, I am so clueless that when I tried to search for BA topics, it came back with a list of posters with BA in them. I'm obviously doing something wrong. I have read the points guy pages on dealing with BA but was pretty overwhelmed. Here's my situation...I want to fly from YVR (Cda) to South Africa but I would rather go east via NRT (Asia) rather than through the UK. Am I allowed to try and book via Cathay or JAL going to South Africa and then flying back with a different airline? Or do they charge more miles if you do two one ways rather than a return on one airline? Am I even allowed to do two one ways if I wanted to? I was under the impression that if I do a stopover in London (no matter if it's a brief transfer at the airport only), I will have to pay a lot of extra taxes? Is that correct? The reason why I wanted to go through Asia was that I wanted to do a short stopover there. Sorry that I'm not using the right terms... Which website would I go on to see if there is flight availability for award flights and book? How much would it cost if I had BA do the booking for me if it's too difficult for me to figure out? Thanks in advance for any advice!!