My thread asking about this disappeared into the aether on FT, so maybe this will work better. So, I can goose my US DM account to 90K miles in short order. I'd do this by cashing in about 13K CO miles and 25K AS miles on points.com (I know, I know, points.com, eeeew, but it would cost me no cash to do this, and the award I describe below looks like decent value). Add to 76K US miles, stir, shake, and I believe I could get the following itinerary: SEA-ICN (overnight stop) in OZ C (their A330 slanty seats) ICN-HKG (TG C) 3 days stop, destination HKG-BKK-(overnight stop)-FRA(overnight stop) TG C FRA-YYZ-ORD-SEA AC C/UA F This would be during winter, so warmth in HKG/BKK would be appreciated, plus I'd like to try what Anthony Bourdain is doing in his new show, The Layover in ICN. Or, I could wait for a while and do something kinda sorta like this in F. What I would be waiting for is the ability to buy ~44,000 US miles for $600 or so (since there is no half off US buy miles promo right now ), or goose my balance with Grand Slam 2011, etc. You know the drill. Looking at availability, the flights I really wanted in F (like SEA-FRA/FRA-SEA on preferred dates) are starting to evaporate in front of my eyes. So there's a cost to waiting. Now I'm looking at itineraries like: SEA-LHR in UA F (note, this is a fake direct with a plane change) LHR-FRA-ICN in LH C/F (overnight in KIX) ICN-HKG in NH C (stay for a few days) HKG-ZRH in TG C ZRH-ORD-SEA in UA F Incidentally, there is bupkiss right now in terms of TG/LH/LX F out of BKK (function of my dates, I suppose- people are redeeming F on award to go to places like HKT and DPS). So, I have a pretty nice bird in my hand- I'm thinking that even though I've experienced the rarefied air of the LH First Class Terminal I can probably do OK in C even if there will be stints in slanty seats (OZ and TG). But I do really LIKE LH F. So, do I like it $600 enough (I could buy my own Johnny Walker Blue and Dom for that and get a nice meal to boot)? Enough to not get a day in BKK? Enough to basically hope that either a) F inventory shows up or b) F inventory doesn't dry up? What would you do?