First post. Apologies in advance if I'm missed a more appropriate thread to post this to. I was wondering if folks had any tips or advice for maximizing AAdvantage miles in booking award tickets (ideally in premium class). I've accumulated a decent chunk of AA miles after following Gary Leff's recommendation to open a checking account at BankDirect (Gary is an absolute travel stud, by the way). With the miles in hand, I'm finding myself a bit frustrated with American's online booking engine. Invariably, the flight times that I want don't qualify for the Saver awards and instead require an exorbitant number of miles to book (especially in comparison to Star Alliance). Are there some effective tricks to making AA miles go farther -- e.g., something akin to transferring AmEx or Starwood points to Air Canada to book Star Alliance award tickets? Is there a best way to book awards on American's partner airlines? Thanks in advance for any advice.