I have a lot of miles, plenty. Enough to fly anywhere. They are located on American Express and Alaska Air. I just now realized that I can move the miles from the AMEX to the frequent flyer program of my choice. I used to just use the AMEX points on the AMEX travel site but always thought the prices sucked. I should then be able to book a flight of my choice right? First Class or Business whatever. But it seems like its ALL BLACKOUT. Months of blackout. WTF? I signed up for a bunch of airline programs that I can transfer points to but it seems like most have almost zero flights available for award redemption. I mean swaths of months with no flight for rewards? Is that because I have not transferred over my miles yet? Or because I do not have elite status? Delta seemed to be about the only one with a bit of options. Am I doing something wrong? Please help. The flights I was looking at was FAT to AMS or LAX to AMS or LAX to CDG or FAT to COH on several different times. Summer Fall Winter Spring. I was looking at options all day from many airlines. ANA, Singapore, Air Canada, Alaska, KLM but cant find squat for first class to anywhere international. I did see that I could use Starwood but from amex to starwood to airline was a 3 to 1 conversion then 500,000 starwood points. even though I have the points to do it I know that's a crappy deal. 1,500,000 points? that's $15000 worth of pottery barn gift cards my wife can would want.