Hi there. My main airport is SFO (sometimes STS for AS flights). Fly frequently on WN, but have not obtained elite status since daughter just moved to NOLA earlier this year. Will probably fly 42K miles in 2012, mostly SFO-NOLA, SFO-Cancun, and hopefully SFO-CDG, the latter with hubby who is not as interested in the FF game. [We both have good credit, and I am self-employed so could rack up quite a few more miles with credit cards + bonus points. I use Award Wallet to track.] Here is where I need help on strategy: 1) I have a sense that *A is the way to go with the upcoming Cancun and Europe trips, although I am not convinced. With that assumption: I was on another FF website and asked what my best bet was to combine/leverage my various *A miles --accrued mostly from credit card offers: CO = < 40,000, US = 40,000+, UA = 0. The advice -- fro the other FF forum member -- was to get onto the Aegean Airlines FF plan, but I just could not grasp the logic. Aegean does not go anywhere I want to travel, so why would I move my "credits" there? I think it had to do with obtaining elite status. 2) Besides WN, what is my best bet as a second carrier for the frequent SFO-NOLA trips. I am thinking US, or maybe Frontier? 3) Should I just keep racking up bonus sign-up credit card miles for various *A airlines, and then get Expertflyer when I am ready to book my SFO-CDG flights? 4) What is the best credit card that does not have high spending requirements but greatest flexibility on miles? I am hearing Sapphire or Ink? I have a friend who loves Starwood? Thanks! P.S. I hope I am in the right place..the other website may be a bit advanced for my level of savvy and amount of flying/mileage.