I hope this is the right forum for this question. I'm about to be getting a signup bonus from the Citi AA card which will top off my account and give me enough miles to get my wife and I to Japan next April in business class. We have a bit of an odd situation, though, and I'd like to make sure I don't leave any strategies that might minimize my cost on the table. We live in Hartford, but will be flying out of ATL because we first have to drop our daughter off at grandma and grandpa's (this trip is adults only!) Most likely, we'd fly BDL>ATL on a Friday and leave the next day. I'm reasonably certain that I'll have to book this as a separate flight, in which case I'll probably do it on Delta because direct is so much easier with a toddler, but if there's a *way* I can fold it in to my reward ticket and not have to pay, then we'll definitely do indirect! We're also willing to drive a bit and fly out of BOS if it helps. In terms of actually getting to Japan, I don't care which city we connect in. Ultimately, we expect to fly in to Tokyo - either airport - and back from Osaka (KIX), which I think routes through Tokyo anyway. More important than connection is comfort on the plane and how easy it will be for us to sleep, so if flying out of BOS on JAL on the 787 is going to be significantly better in those terms, then that's my ideal choice, but I don't know if that's actually the case. *Most* important, of course, is that we actually get there! We're looking to go sometime in April 2013. With apologies for long-windedness, what I'd like to know is three things: Is there a "best" city to use as our connection out of ATL (it looks like ORD is the "default" one that AA tries to send me out of); is there a way to take advantage of the ability to build in a stopover in such a way that allows me to get a ticket from City X to BDL some day in the future but still make it back to ATL, and (3) is there a way to build in the BDL-ATL and back segments on either end? And, of course, is there anything else I should especially pay attention to (for example, I'm pretty sure my choices are booking on AA or JAL, not CX, because that would route me through Hong Kong and thus cost more miles for being a separate part of Asia, but I'm happy to be corrected on that)? I suspect the answers to (2) and (3) are "no", but if I don't ask, then they definitely are! Feel free to interpret (1) any way you like, but my interpretation of best would be some combination of comfort and availability, with a tiebreaker going to the quality of the airport (and business class lounge ) Thanks!