Hi All! I've set myself a goal for sometime 2014-2015 to take my family (2 adults, 2 teens) to Barcelona to celebrate a milestone (ahem, not telling which one!) birthday November 2014. I'm aiming to travel business class+ on award points/miles, and stay in a luxury hotel (probably 5-7 days). The family is pretty adventurous and we all love music, food, sightseeing, adventure. I'm 1K on United, have points spread across Hilton & Marriott primarily, have the Chase Ink Bold and Sapphire Preferred, and am open to looking at various airlines and hotels or other credit cards I should get. Here are my questions for the wisdom of MPers: 1. Best time of year to visit and why? 2. Hotels to aim for? 3. Star Alliance recs or United? Other airlines? I will be happy to share my learnings along the way. Thanks!