I have researching hard for 6 months. I have already purchased (4) award tickets in mixed cabins F C and Y for myself wife and two daughters 4 and 2. SYD BKK CDG ZAG FRA YYZ LAX HND AKL SYD. 23 hours in Paris 2 weeks in Croatia and 2 weeks in lax. I have HH Diamond , HGP platinum , a-club platinum and CC gold. I have no status with any airline and never been out of Australia. I want to get status is TG LH and AC how I don't know. I was reading something about flying blue offered free status and then was going to match it. I don't want to check into these airlines as a nobody. Also I have booked the Hilton ADT for the stay in Paris. I booked the room room under the effitel tower room with points 80k hoping to get back 30% with the promo and upgraded to effitel tower room. When I get to croatia where my wife is from maybe spend 3-4 days with family there and then I want to see Italy. I do want to see Venice florence rome Milan then further down to monaco. Now how to get there and where to stay I'm having problems with. I want to stay at chain hotels as I can get status there and have free drinks/food/etc though out the day at no costs. I looked at the waldorf in Rome booked it with 60k for one night . I checked the recent rate and it's 200euros per night pre paid so it seems not a good redemption. I have 100k in CC (from the stay 50k bonus) so the interconnential properties in Rome better? Also I booked the park hyatt in Milan on points 22k seems a no brained to me at 695euro. Venice I have nothing yet but was going to go with the stucky . And I haven't even got to Monaco yet . Do I drive around do i fly do I catch trains . Is there anything worth stopping for on the way anywhere else I should go? Then over to LA . The Hilton already talked me into the HCGV for $99 two nights in Los Vegas . I want to talk kids to Disneyland watch a la lakers game what else is there ? Where should I stay in l.a.? I'm pretty happy with what I have done so far .