I've posted a couple questions on MP in the last few weeks, and thank you to everyone for all the advice. That's helped me come up with the approach below, and now I want to see if it's a sensible one, or if there's something I'm missing or doing improperly. This'll be the first year of our journey in CC bonus-land and mileage accumulating, and we're excited. The quick background: Both my wife and I have excellent credit (770+), are currently based in Hartford, CT, and are working towards three main goals: (1) A major international trip in spring 2013, likely either to Japan/Korea or to France, but possibly to Ireland, as cash-free as possible. (2) Domestic travel primarily to family in Illinois (BMI airport). (3) Future domestic and international travel for us and our currently-two-month-old daughter. 2012 is likely to be a key year for us credit-card wise because we're planning to be moving back to Illinois in mid-2014; after that, we'll come back and assess the state of things for more future earnings, but building a reserve now to tide us over would be great. We spend approximately 2000/month on cards. As of today, I hold the Chase Freedom (Feb. 2011) and Sapphire Preferred (Oct. 2011) with 110K UR points, and an Amex Blue Preferred, for grocery shopping, also from Oct 2011. She's an authorized user on all 3. She just received this week the two Citi AA cards and the Chase Southwest personal card, and I'm an AU on the AA ones (the Southwest card has been used once and filed away, waiting for points to post). Our plan is something like this, and is flexible as bonuses change, of course: 1) Upon reaching the spend on the two AA cards (estimated mid-March, unless several large purchases come up. No later than mid-February), I will apply for the two AA cards myself, and also some first-purchase, non-Chase card (likely the Barclay's USAir if it's still a good bonus). If the Chase United current card offer is still out there, though, that might be tempting (it's really a 50, not 60K bonus for me, though). 2) Once we've met the spend on that (late May-June?), my wife will apply for the Chase Southwest biz card (this will be our first biz card, and our qualifications for such a thing are a bit of a hedge), the USAir card, and potentially the Amex SPG, if there's a good bonus. At this point, we will have 200K AA miles - enough, I think, to book business class to any of our three destinations (ideally on Cathay or JAL for Asia; not sure what oneworld airline I'd prefer to Europe). We'll also have 100K Southwest RR points and need 10K somewhere along the way for the companion pass, which can get us from BDL-> MDW at least, which is close enough for our domestic travel, given the cost savings. Not entirely sure where the 10K will come from yet, but it's clearly a big deal for us. At this point, we'll book our plane tickets. 3) Late summer, I'll apply for the Chase Hyatt card for the two free nights and the Amex SPG. This, plus the UR points I already have, should take care of seven nights of nice hotels (Park Hyatt Tokyo/Paris, and Grand Hyatt Seoul if we go that route. There don't seem to be any Hyatts in Ireland, however, so if we make that choice instead, I'm not sure what card to go for in its place, though we'd be doing more of the B&B thing there anyway). That seems to cover our main goals and leave one more cycle of applications for both my wife and I available at the end of the year for stocking back up for the future. At the end of the year, we'd cancel at least one, maybe both, of her Citi AA cards. I feel like I should squeeze a couple more biz cards in there - maybe the Ink Bold for me, but with the Hyatt card I'd already have 3 Chase cards. To prevent myself from being any more long-winded than I already am, I'll stop here and summarize and thank you in advance for suggestions/critiques. For example, I'm happy to rethink our strategy of using AA/Oneworld as our carrier and do United instead, building on the UR points, if there's a good way to achieve enough more points for the second ticket, plus covering at least half of our hotel nights (we're expecting roughly 8 nights total on a trip).