Seems that it'd be good to have a place where people can report award tickets they've successfully booked, keeping it separate from the guide to booking award tickets. I'll start with my recent acquisition. Wanting to get to Australia for a conference (and then some time enjoying the country and maybe New Zealand, too), I realized that nearly 24 hours of flying from the UK in coach was not going to work out well for me. I contemplated paying for J (KE, BA, and QF offered things in my price range) or flying Y to LAX and upgrading an M fare from there. However, as I worked out a budget, I realized I wanted more money to spend down under and turned to my pile of SkyPesos. Initially, I figured this was a lost cause, since I'm trying to go to MEL and back from SYD in December, which is not exactly low season there. However, I pulled up EF and almost instantly confirmed that I could do AMS-CAN-MEL//SYD-CAN-AMS on CZ and that there were KL segments that could link up with them to get me to/from AMS. (There's TONS of CZ availability in biz on those segments, if anyone's interested.) Bolstered by this fact and uncertain about how much I really wanted to fly CZ, I also selected some KE and MH segments (providing one-stop routings) to inquire with a DL rep about. Fired up Skype and called the GM line (not going to pay exorbitant amounts per minute to call the UK center from my mobile) and got an enthusiastic agent who was unaware there was even a partner who flew to MEL. (Clearly booking VA awards from LAX hasn't made it "mainstream" yet.) I let her know that KE, MH, and CZ would all get me there, and so she was happy to dig in. She did have to check the KE "blackout" dates (grrr, DL and your extending regional blackouts to systemwide), but I'd already taken a look at them and knew I could use KE outbound but not on the return. She was happy that I had flight numbers for what I wanted, fed them into the system, and DL's system confirmed the KE availability, pending KE coming back with a refusal. (The agent reported that she wasn't quite sure how long that would take, since she books so few KE awards due to blackout dates. She said the people she could check with were all away from their desks.) We then moved on to MH for the return, and that was fully confirmed about 19 minutes into the call (pretty much instantly after she requested). Final result: KE LHR-ICN-MEL, early December, Prestige class (sadly only the angled lie-flat at the moment) MH SYD-KUL-LHR, late December, business class 150,000 SkyMiles plus $752.30 in taxes/fees ($326.80 of that is MH YQ, the rest really are taxes/government charges...no IOS) Just need to call and have them ticket it, now that KE has acknowledged and confirmed. (Can I just click the redeem now button on DL.dumb to do this? I asked @DeltaAssist if things were ready to ticket since the button now appears, and they said yes but mentioned calling.) Was thinking about looking into CZ on the return to ditch the YQ, but I figure I might not get to redeem on MH for much longer and work will cover the taxes/fees since it's less than half what I would have budgeted for a coach ticket. I'm very pleased with myself on this redemption. Would have been nice if I could have saved all the time with EF by checking KE and MH online, but I'll take what I can get for the moment.