I know there are many of you on this forum that book A LOT of flights and therefore something like KVS/Award Nexus/Expert Flyer are life savers. However, I was curious what some of you other people do who make only a couple reward flight bookings a year. Do you also use those tools and take the time to learn them, or do you just look up availability on the particular airline's website. I ask because I have three separate tickets I'm looking at for the summer of 14 (June). I have the miles ready to go, I'm just waiting for the timing to be bookable. Ideally I'd like to do: ORD-NRT: JL 9 NRT-MLE: SQ 11 and SQ 462 (hoping to get one saver and one standard suites class on SQ 11) MLE-ORD: EY 279 and EY 151 I have have been checking the BA website (for the JL flight using avios), the SQ because I'll be using KrisFlyer miles, and the EY website (I will be using American miles). Does that work or does the availability on it not necessarily mean I will have access to it? In my case would the award search tools help in regards to setting up alerts? Getting excited/nervous about booking my first international reward flight. Almost exactly a year ago when I started this hobby!