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Best way to use UA FF miles SFO to SYD?

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This forum has always been very helpful when I've had airline questions, so I'm again requesting help from you experienced and resourceful flyers. We (two of us) want to fly one-way non-stop from SFO to SYD in the third or fourth week of March 2013 on UA in Business Class. I've been checking the website daily and will be ready to pounce when our dates open up for booking. On many days (mid-week), there's a Saver Award for 67,500 miles each for Business Class, which I would love to be able to access.

Here's my question: Would it be a better use of the FF miles to look for an upgrade or a partner airline for this trip? I'm totally mystified about how to do this. We would like confirmed Business Class seats for this trip and the 67.5K miles seems very reasonable. But if there's a way to use fewer FF miles by using a confirmed upgrade or partner airline, I'm willing to climb the learning curve. I've tried using the website to figure out how to do this, but the combo of flight class, status, etc. is so confusing. We have over 300K miles but no status, if that helps. Heaven help me if I would need to phone UA.

Thanks so much for your input. I promise to "pay it forward."

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