I hope this is the right place to ask. I've searched the forum and searched the Internet and can't seem to find the places I sure I saw teach people how to finagle the best way to redeem travel points. I have: 70,000 united miles 80,000 Chase sapphire points 40.300 US Airways miles 48,000 Delta miles (I think this is not part of the star alliance, yes?) I would rather use fewer points and get to the destination in economy than be in first class, tho if the difference is like 10,000, I would probably go for the upgrade. I'm looking to travel in March 2013 from SLC to HNL. Dates have to be pretty specific (16-31) but have a few days of wiggle room. I have looked at United's Award availability and found for 20,000 points economy one-way to HNL, and 50,000 points coming back for mixed cabin, in first to the mainland and economy back to SLC. There were no super saver economy seats or else I'd take that coming back. Economy was 40,000, so I figure using an extra 10,000 to get first part of the way was a good way to go. Is this a good use of points or am I doing this all wrong? And is now a good time to book or should I wait? I'm also planning a trip in Sept 2013 to England. Should I book now? I want to fly into LGW or LHR sometime around the 17th and fly back around 2 1/2 weeks later. I am planning on meeting a friend and traveling (car or plane, dunno) to Scotland or Ireland. Can I use some sort of open jaw or layover to get to Scotland/Ireland with my friend, or is it best to book that separately? Is the best way to find award availability to go through each individual airline I have miles with? Am I asking the right questions? This is my first time even looking at award travel with points and I'm not quite sure how I best maximize my points.