Here's something that came to my mind and would be really interested in your opinion. Today US Airways started the 100% promo again, AA has a 33% promo and United has (here-and-there) their 40% bonus promotion. This makes me wonder: HOW DO ALLIANCE PARTNERS REIMBURSE EACH OTHER ON AWARD TICKETS? With the US Airways promo u can get to Asia on biz for only $1600 (45+45k). I'm sure those guys at TG aren't to happy that its not even them selling those tickets on their new A380 just for one example. The easy answer i guess would be that it goes either way but outside the US most of the time you actually have to get on a plane to get even a couple of extra miles.