If this is the wrong place for the thread, Moderator please move the post. I am considering a trip Houston - Munich - Prague - Barcelona- Houston in the mid-2015. I think now might be a good time start looking at the schedule and try to picture out the airline routes and hotel booking. I checked United, AA and BA. What would make the most sense as far as using which airline to travel to Europe? People frequently talk about using Avios to fly on BA or using AA miles. I did a preliminary search and I could easily find some award space in AA or United from IAH-Munich and from BCN-IAH (not direct flight), but I am not sure if it is the best value. If points from United, MR or AA is not an issue, which airline would you go for? Another problem is I am not entirely sure how do I go from Munich to Prague, maybe by train. This is a relative minor issue, but would certainly appreciate if anyone have done that to shard some light. Then how do I put together the flight from Prague to Barcelona? Would this short haul be able to included into my international leg in one award? Hotel wise, Any recommendations for the three cities? I am thinking about doing SPG in Munich and Prague, and probably IHG in Barcelona? I noticed there aren't many hotel chain choices in Barcelona. I am sorry that I have so many noob questions. I have been collecting points for a while but all I did as far as booking wise just round-trip tickets. I have never tried the complicated routes. Would really appreciate if pros on the forum could help me with some tips. TIA!