Just want to confirm some questions. Never had to deal with these issues before but may run into them this time. From the rules: "Award tickets are valid one year from original date of issue. All travel must be completed within one year from date of issue." Suppose I book an open jaw, SFO-BKK-SFO(stopover)-NYC. Basically, a free one-way to NYC for a future date, which is uncertain and is likely to change. Questions: 1) can I change the date of the SFO-NYC segment after I get back to SFO (i.e., during the stopover) 2) if I make the original booking on 4/24/2012, does this meant that I must fly the SFO-NYC segment by 4/23/2013, without any way to extend this period? Therefore, there is real advantage to redeeming closer to departure, for more flexibility, all else being equal? Thanks!