I had been trying to convince a friend to join me at the French Quarter Festival (FQF) in New Orleans (NOLA) in April. 20 stages, 8 hours per day, 3+1/2 days = 500 bands wasn't enough. She said she didn't have enough money and was saving up her miles for a European trip. Then it all came together. A mutual friend who used to live here and moved back to Australia decided she wanted to visit Paris in February. My friend went online and found a flight for just 60,000 miles RT to Paris. Our mutual Australian friend had already booked the hotel room and she has a large extended family that lives in Paris. Both of them will be making the rounds for lunch, dinner and welcome parties with the extended family all week long (its a Lebanese tradition, they party all the time when visitors come). So now my friend had a virtually free trip to Paris in February and so she booked her flight and hotel for FQF in NOLA in April.