Thanks Cindy! Just trying to learn all of the tricks of the trade so we can get to Aruba more often. One time a year is killing me, every 6 months or so would work, LOL. I have recently opened 2 cards with USAir and American and hope to get the combined 100,000 miles. Did the same with my wife, so hopefully with that combined 200,000 we can snag a deal as well down the road. Thanks again.
ArubaMike, when checking for flights on US/American be sure to look a day or so on either side of your initial trip dates. We had to go a day early last year because I found first class round trip tickets for 55,000 points each... that was 10,000 points LESS than coach seats the next day. Since I purchased them from the US Airways site and I'm a DM member they actually wound up costing me 50,000 points each, plus $75.00. You can really maximize the benefits of using points if you can be a little bit flexible.