As with just about everyone else on here, I am looking at flights for next August - can't book anything yet as LA are not releasing school start date until mid October. They have 2 options - 1/9 or 6/9 - obviously I am hoping for the 2nd option as this should mean slightly cheaper flights. Anyway, we have enough VA miles to pay for return flights to New York (25,000 pp). I am assuming that availabilty of reward seats would be better on this route than LGW/MAN to MCO. This would cost us just under £500 in taxes etc. I cannot see that we will ever be able to use the miles for anything in school hols to MCO. I have had a quick look on expedia and can get flights from New York to either MCO or TPA for less than £500 for the 3 of us giving a total of around £1k. I cannot see that we will get anything like this direct or indirect any other way. Am I mad to consider this or do you think this is a reasonable way of doing things. Bearing in mind this is an "extra" Florida holiday (not doing Disney this time) we need to keep costs down.