Hi all. Strongly looking to EK as a secondary program to use for a lot of the international travel from NYC. I am looking at things and tier miles are causing me planning fits. I usually fly Y for cost factors. Once in a while if the price is right, J or F (think HKG-BKK). I am trying to figure out an approximate budget to get Gold each year. These won't be mileage runs but mileage earning will be a concern.