I'd like to plan a family vacation for 5 (though we could do a lap child if needed). We'll be flying out of Charlotte, NC (CLT) though GSP would work as well (including southwest airlines if needed). We want to see the redwood forests and are looking at April 2013. We'd like to use miles for some or all of the trip. Ideally we'd find 5 "low" usair awards on one flight and be all together for 100,000 usair miles. Since it's not that easy I'm coming here for help. Questions: Are the san fransisco airports the closest to Redwood national forest? It's still 6 hours away? If USAir is a codeshare with United how will that affect award availability. Will Usair have 2 seats on a flight for awards and United have 2 seats? Are there any tricks to book awards on the same flight using 2 different airlines? We are planning to get the Usair mastercard. Do you have to have the physical card before you get 5,000 miles off of awards? Will open jaw help with finding an award (using Oakland for example). Are open jaws bookable online? If I find 2 seats at ecomy saver and 2 seats in business saver can I later "downgrade" the business seats to economy if saver availablilty shows up so I can get some points back? (sigh, I know the benefits of flying in style, but I'd rather be able to take my family further) USair has serveral non-stops to SFO so we may do 2 of us on a flight then 2 or 3 on a flight leaving later. If we book our awards this way what would our options be for a) rebooking if award availability shows up on one flight or b) standby that day? We have 88,000 miles with USair and will get another 40,000 with the mastercard. This would be 5 seats at economy saver with or without the 5,000 mile bonus. We have 60,000 miles with United. I feel a little embarrassed with the meager miles - given the millions of miles being thrown around most of these forums, but hopefully you can help me. Please share your comments about any or all of my questions. Thanks!