I started collecting miles May of 2010 almost completely through credit card churning. Very soon after, my wife (and I) became pregnant. So, I haven't been able to use most of my miles. Our child was born 3 weeks ago! Woohoo! With about 250,000 points collected between my wife and I, we are now ready to start planning an awesome summer trip. My problem is that I have no idea about what the best way to redeem miles and points are. I've been to the various reward program websites to see what is available. I was under the impression that I could fly round trip in the US for about 25,000 points. This seems to be true for about 5 various days a month. It seems, the other days double the requirement. Anyhow, I was wondering if someone more knowledgeable about mile redemption could make a how-to guide for us noobs. Perhaps it could get stickied to the top of this thread? One of the downfalls of flyertalk, IMHO, is that it is far from noob friendly. Forums are meant to inform and one of the best ways of doing that is by creating guides. I hope milepoint users can help out.