So I'm trying to piece together an award itinerary and need some advice. Rough Itinerary: ORD-NRT (s/o) NRT-CTU (destination) CTU-ORD What I'd like to do: I see availability for the inbound long haul flight, but no availability outbound. I'm taking advantage of a stopover. It would have to be considered a round trip (i.e. 140K r/t in F), since I want a stopover; and I don't want to spend unnecessary miles in piecing together segments. I'd may need to use an open jaw. Questions: Should I secure the inbound seats first? When I find availability for the outbound, do I just call an agent and ask them to add the segment? Will this automatically be recognised as a r/t? I'd like to secure all the seats that are available now. There are a lot of layovers, some forced, some required, so even though CTU-ORD sounds direct, I have some routing options. But by securing these segments, i.e. BKK-CDG, I'm assuming it's not going to be allowed; since right now I'm not adding segments within a r/t itin. What is the best course of action? Obviously as time draws closer to the date availability will become more and more scarce. Thanks everyone for your help and opinions!