Hi- My job is requiring me to travel to Japan 4X per year. As I work for the government, I have to use the contract carrier from San Diego to Tokyo. The Government Contract carrier is AA, but I'll be on JAL's 787. We also will be staying at the Intercontinental in Tokyo, 6-7 nights per trip. My goal is to earn enough miles to fly the family (2 adults one child) to Japan for vacation, preferably in Business Class. Or upgrade to business on JAL. I have about 40,000 family miles on JAL now. I am trying to decide on a credit card--was thinking the flexible points option and thus the SPG. I was also going to use my JAL membership to accrue miles because I thought they may be easier to redeem than through a partner (AA). The hotel (Intercontinental) is the third factor. So, what do you veterans think? Thanks in advance for your tips.