Portland to Bali (via Dubai) on miles then home from Bangkok (via Hong Kong).

On January 27, 2016 we flew to Bali on Emirates (EK) business class using Alaska Airline miles.  We used 75,000 Alaska miles each that included the stopover in Dubai.  The actual ticket was Maui (OGG) to Portland (PDX) with a 3 week stopover in Portland; then PDX to San Francisco (SFO), an overnight layover in Dubai (DXB) and finishing the ticket in Bali, Indonesia (DPS). Yes, ALL with one Alaska award ticket.  Alaska has very generous award rules once you learn how to maximize them.  Joe got 2 new Alaska credit cards (Bank of America) and the rest of the miles were transferred in from Starwood Preferred Guest.

FYI - A stopover is when your ticket has you stay in a city for more then 23 hours and 59 minutes on an international ticket (usually four hours within the USA).  A layover is less than that which is what we did for the overnight in Dubai.

Note: Alaska has since raised the cost of going to Asia in Emirates business class to 87,500 miles.

We few around Asia on Air Asia, which is a low cost carrier (LCC) and we paid for those thickets.  The trick with LCCs is to pay for your checked luggage in advance because they charge a fortune if you show up and need to check luggage at the check-in counter.  Air Asia only allows 15.4 pounds (7 kgs) total weight for carry on.  So, for a long trip checking luggage is necessary, even for light travelers.

We flew home from Bangkok, Thailand (BKK) with a four day stopover in Hong Kong (HGK) for 50,000 Alaska miles each.  This was on Cathay Pacific (CX) in business class.  Grandma preferred Emirates business class over Cathay Pacific's.