Sometime this week I'm going to try to book my first "big" AAdvantage award to Southeast Asia for this coming summer (we have to travel in the summer because we have kids who are subject to a school schedule). I'd like your advice on how to get the most from the trip. My preferred destination is Bali, although I would love to add a second stop if possible. I have 250,000 AAdvantage miles in the bank. I'm guessing that we'll wind up in economy on Cathay Pacific via Hong Kong. If I can find the seats and put them on hold, I can buy enough extra miles to get all four tickets as awards in coach. My questions: Can anyone suggest a way to quickly get the extra miles I need without buying them? We'll have something like a three week window we can leave in, and will want to stay away about four weeks. Can anyone advise me on availability issues -- is there likely to be any, is more likely to open up between now and the summer, if there is availability (in coach) can I expect four seats on one flight or will we have to split up? Does anyone have any suggestions on alternate carriers, routes, or even destiations that might be interesting and/or more available? I believe that with AA I am not entitled to a stop-over. Is that true? Is there any way to get around this rule? (Biggest one): I would consider getting one-way awards as an open jaw (maybe into DPS and out of BKK, or something). Can anyone suggest (A) what would be two good cities to use for an open jaw ticket (that is, with cheap and available transportation between them, air or overland) and (B) whether this is a good idea in terms of logistics.