I've got 100k MR points and I'm looking to take a Star Alliance trip. I've noticed that MR points transfer to SAA. I also saw somewhere that SAA doesn't charge a fuel surcharge on any of their own awards tickets or partner ones. If this is true, then isn't this the best Star Alliance option for MR points? So the questions, which are very basic: 1. How long does the MR to SAA transfer usually take? 2. Can SAA miles be used on any *A partners? (I'm assuming yes, but I've never actually used SAA myself, so just checking). 3. Does SAA really not have any fuel surcharge, meaning I'm only paying the small amount in taxes? The whole point is to take a trip on Continental from the States to the Middle East and this plan seems an awesome one if all my assumptions are correct. Thanks for helping!