Some of you may be old hands at this, but today was my first experience "buying" online a free AA award ticket that included some legs on a partner carrier. Specifically, my six-leg itinerary involves four legs on AA and two on AS, which came online to aa.com early this year (a few months before HA and QF did.) All in all I was impressed how smoothly it worked. AA allowed me to hold the itinerary for a few days like any other AAward reservation, and then gave me a "ticketed" status and a confirmation email within an hour or so of me paying the ten bucks for the T.S.A. today. The only additional step at all was that I had to telephone AS for first-class seat assignments on its two legs, but the telephone maze was very brief, I got to an agent with no hold time at all, she found my reservation based only on my name, travel date and city of departure with no need for ticket, PNR or even flight numbers, and quickly gave me the aisle seats that I wanted. I haven't traveled yet, of course, but I know how sometimes inter-company and inter-computer transactions can be persnickety, and I was impressed how smoothly it seemed to go.