Not sure where to post this, or how it might be accepted, but here goes ... I'm trying to angle my miles to the best use, and Europe is all-but new to me, so I'll ask here. I've scheduled many trips within the US including Hawaii (and American Samoa, St. Thomas/John, etc.) and am looking to branch out. The wife and I want to visit London in May of 2014. This is the primary destination. However, I'd like to take advantage of being "in the area" and visit Dublin and see part of Scotland, too. All in 2 weeks, if possible. This means flying to Scotland, if we do go there, instead of taking the ~7 hour drive from London. Home airport is CLE, CAK is very practical too, but I'd be happy to get ourselves to JFK, Boston or any other gateway city as a separate plan. Originally thought about a stop over in Iceland, but time is tight and Iceland Air seems a little expensive with us having none of their miles. We have miles to burn, but not boat loads. With all 2013 trips planned and "paid for", we have (combined) UR points (~200k), United (60k), US Air (110k), AA (60k) and some other riff-raff (Alaska). Unfortunately, each of these is split unevenly across 2 people. Oh, yeah, have 50k BA and should easily have 100k in a few months. We're not opposed to buying strategic segments, tho. Coach travel will work; first is nice, but we're not drowning in miles or money. We typically travel Sat->Sat, although we've been padding a day front and back as of late for longer trips. My wife hates redeyes and other inconvenient flights, but I can get her on them if there's no other practical option. Sorry, perhaps too much background. We're looking to use miles where it makes sense, pay when it doesn't. Hotels are a question we'll tackle once we have a plan. Cities are flexible except for London. In the back of my head I remember a scheme that considers home a "stop-over" and gets us a "free" one-way later (we always go to MCO or RSW in Jan, not sure what fall's trip will be). I'll have to find that blog post I saved on this topic. Ideas on what airlines to research? Strategies on which order to visit these cities? Places I might be missing? I'm not looking for someone to do all my work; I LOVE doing travel research. However, as I've said, Europe is very new to us, so I have no experience here. Not even sure which airlines to shop! Thanks in advance for any suggestions. Did I leave out any pertinent info?