I travel fairly frequently and am Gold status on AA, but due to some family travel issues earlier this year, have found myself short 70 - 80K miles to use for a family vaca I'm trying to book asap. It's not worth buying them; that's almost the same cost as the tickets themselves. And b/c I try to concentrate most of my travel on AA, I've got relatively low miles on other airlines, so a trade on something like points.com is out. Ever heard of making an agreement on an advance? I.e., if someone has a boatload of AA miles they don't plan to use for a while, they'd "loan" them to me, then I'd repay them as soon as I've re-accumulated those points over the next months (which is a sure-thing). I haven't see any place where agreements like this have been structured. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks so much for your insights.