The wife and I are sailing out of Sydney on a cruise in March 2014, and I want to burn up my UA miles for a first class redemption and make the trip special. UA's routing rules restrict me to trans-Pacific for an award to Australia, so I've been doing a ton of research and want to get some collective feedback from folks with more experience doing this than myself. Getting across the Pacific, I can only find UA, OZ, and NH that offer F. If I'm going to redeem miles, I think I'd prefer to try OZ or NH over UA. NH's F seems to be a difficult award after the first few months of the year, so here's what I'm thinking: Outbound JFK-ICN (OZ F) ICN-HKG (OZ J, no F offered on this route) Spend a day or two in HKG, as we've never been HKG-BKK (TG F) BKK-SYD (TG F) Return SYD-BKK (TG F) BKK-NRT (TG F) NRT-JFK or NRT-ORD (NH F) -or- SYD-BKK (TG F) BKK-ICN (TG J) ICN-JFK (OZ F) My goals: 1. To be as comfortable as possible. If this means an extra stop or two, so be it. I am not in a huge rush to get to Sydney as we plan to leave nearly a week before the ship sails. 2. To try more than one carrier's F offering on the trans-Pacific leg, if possible. I'd like to try NH in one direction and OZ in the other, but NH is so stingy with their F award availability, we may have to fly OZ in both directions. That would be more than tolerable, but I'm trying for some variety. If we can find F space on NH, I would prefer to ride in their First Square, which further limits options. 3. To visit to the TG F spa at BKK in at least one direction (though both works if need be). Finding intra-Asia legs that offer F on TG is a bit of a challenge, since you have to be departing on F to have full spa access. So far what I've come up with meets those criteria, but I'm wondering if I've missed other potential routings. Anyone else have ideas?