So... the wife just dropped a hint that it might be nice to take a trip to Europe this Spring (and I quote) "in one of those nice planes in first class" -- no doubt influenced by seating in front a few times as of late. Now the question is, is it already too late? I have to fire up the KVS Tool when I get home, but I would imagine that the target date would be mid-April at the latest, which is 120 days or so away. We should have enough US miles to make it work, but I guess the only question is whether or not there is availability or if it's even worth trying. Origin is NYC area, so that leaves me with a lot of options as a starting point, as I'd be willing to trek it even to PHL if it meant finding a good flight. So I guess the question is, what would be your approach? * Straight US redemption is showing only "Envoy Medium" awards available, which are 200k miles r/t -- a seat. I think that's more than what I want to spend. * Looking at the partner award travel, seems like it would only cost me 100k US miles a seat to fly Business with anybody else in the alliance, so it would just be a matter of finding the flights? * Perhaps buy the seats at full fare economy and upgrade with miles (which wouldn't matter if there's no availability) ? * Bite the bullet and just buy the seats on Envoy and save the miles for another time? I started doing my homework and called US but you know how that works... the guy poked around for a bit but found no award availability, so I think if I'm going that route I'll need to find the specific flights and call them directly to do it -- and hopefully they can see it.