I'm somewhat inexperienced at booking international awards and could use all the help I can get. I'm looking for 3 to go to India (DEL) next spring with a stopover in Bali (DPS) using United miles and since it is such a long trip, I'd really like to go in Business Class. I priced out the award in Y no problem online and even found some mixed cabin availability, the problem is trying to find more than 2 seats in business on any of the partner airlines (SQ,TG specifically). Here's my proposed routing right now that I found in Y: SFO-HKG-SIN-DPS(stopover)-BKK-DEL(destination)-BKK-HKG-SFO. SFO-HKG-SIN-DPS on SQ, DPS-BKK-DEL on TG, DEL-BKK-HKG on TG, and HKG-SFO on UA. I know SQ doesn't typically give business class seats to *A on long haul (SQ1 for example), so I'd like to go on United as far as I can (I'm thinking NRT,ICN,HKG,KIX,SIN) on the way there. I found 2 seats on SQ between KIX and SIN, but 3 seems to be a problem. From what I can see there is no business availability whatsoever on SQ between SIN and DPS and I'm also having trouble getting more than 2 seats DPS-BKK-DEL on TG and DEL-BKK-HKG on TG on the return. Here are my questions: -If I book a mixed cabin award can I upgrade the Y portions later if partner availability opens up? If so, how? Do TG and SQ open up more seats closer to the date of travel? Do they even release more than 2 seats? -Passenger #3 is an infant and the only reason he is getting his own seat is because of the 10% fees for lap-childing him internationally, which could easily be several thousand dollars on a trip like this. On some of those segments where only 2 seats are available in business, if my husband and I book those, can we lap-child the kid in business or get him a bassinet up front with us if he has his own ticketed seat in the back? (BTW we've done this domestically with no problem when he didnt clear his companion upgrade. Baby and I sat in FC together for takeoff and landing, dad sat in coach. Dad came to FC to enjoy meals and drinks and to hold baby, baby got fussy and wanted to take a nap in his car seat, mom went and sat in coach and read a magazine in baby-free bliss, etc. I know technically on UA we are not supposed to go back and forth between cabins, but they were nice about it.) -Can we/should we split the family to get 2 out of 3 business class seats if 3 aren't available on shorter Asia segments? Especially on the way home, if we do a mixed cabin award, we are essentially paying for business class the whole way right? -Is it worth calling United and paying the $25 on this one to try and get help? As there anything they can do/see that I can't? -If I fly through PVG, do I need a visa? -Any other tips or suggestions? Additional info- my home airport is SMF but I know from experience trying to find saver award availability to SFO and LAX is tough. I'm willing to drive to SFO, and/or even book out of LAX and buy a one-way ticket there if we can get an itinerary that passes through SFO on the way home so I can skip out on the final segment. Since we're flying with a baby I'd like to try and avoid doing wacky things like DPS-ICN-DEL or flying to S.E. Asia via the atlantic or middle east. Thanks in advance!