Hi everyone. I'm looking for some help and maximizing my miles and points for a roughly 2-week trip my wife and I want to take to Europe in May or June of 2013. I know that's quite a ways off, but I want to make sure that I'm doing all I can to prepare and be ready, especially since I know I'll have to have the miles to at least book the flights a little less than a year in advance, which isn't that far away. This will probably be our last big trip (and our first European trip) before kids come along a ruin travel for years to come. Just kidding. Sort of. Ideally, we want to start the trip in Florence, use that as a base to see some of Italy, and then finish with a good week or so in Paris. We'd rather spend more time in fewer cities rather than hop all over and only get a glimpse of places. Here's the current inventory: Ultimate Rewards: 122,000 (Sapphire Preferred) Starwood Preferred Guest: 40,000 (my first dear travel card) UA Mileage Plus: 51,000 (no current card) I realize that isn't very much compared to what many people have, but I at least have a start here. I just applied for the Chase Freedom card and should get approval, which will give me another 30,000 UR bonus points (I have Sapphire Preferred, so I can transfer those). So, a few questions/points: 1. I know I'll need a minimum of 120,000 UA miles for a StarAlliance coach award to Europe. If I can get enough miles, business class would be great, but that may not be likely. Now, from looking at routing, it appears that we could potentially get a stopover somewhere on the way to Florence for a day or two (maybe Munich or Zurich?). Is that allowed ... to fly from MCI-FLR with a stopover, then fly CDG-MCI back? How do I know what is an eligible city for a stopover? 2. I figured that if I could retain enough UR points after transferring what is needed for flights, we could stay a few nights in Paris at the Park Hyatt. However, are there better redemption options for my UR points in either of these cities? 3. How would my SPG points best be used? I figured we could get a few nights in Florence with them, but am open to more efficient uses. I mentioned the Freedom app bonus, which will help, and I figure I could probably do the MP Explorer card in a few months (hopefully there's a better offer). I already opened and closed the OnePass plus card, so that's done. This is all pretty wordy and hopefully not too jumbled. In short, I'm looking to get as many UA miles as possible, which will give me more options to use my Ultimate Rewards points at Hyatt or other properties. If there are better uses for the above points, though, I'm all ears. Thanks to everyone for their advice and patience. What a great resource this is in making a dream trip possible!