Hello Everyone, I have been lurking here and other places for several weeks now. Up until then I had no idea what "churning" meant or that people actually had strategies for obtaining miles for free/cheap flights and hotel rooms. I find this extremely fascinating and also a great way to save money. I fly to China once or twice a year and the thought of being able to sit in a seat other than economy is worth the effort alone. Especially since it is typically a 14 or 15 hour flight. Here is my information and question(s) I am mainly interested in flying to China (pek or csx as a final destination). STL would be my home airport. AA and UA is what flights I usually choose while UA seems to be the one I typically buy because of the schedules/layovers. The days in which I fly are flexible as is most everything else. My wife is new to the USA and is currently trying to build her credit by having a secured Visa issued by a local Credit Union. We are looking into other options to get this moving as well. Once her credit is established she will try to apply for mileage/reward cards as well but that is a different story. My credit rating is excellent and 800+. No cc balances and everything paid in full every month. I currently have a Cabelas visa in which I have had for at least 5 years and up until recently used for most everything so I could get free hunting/fishing supplies. I have a Capital One Plat that I have seldom used. It is 4 or 5 years old or older. I also have a Credit Union Plat Visa that I seldom use. I just applied (3 weeks ago ) and was instantly approved for the Chase United card and will get the 50,000 miles once I spend $1000. I already added the "authorized user" to get the extra 5000 miles and the $50 credit has already showed up in my account. By the time the statement gets here I will have hit the $1000 mark and pay it in full. Spending $3000 in six months in order to fulfill requirements will not be a problem if necessary. I hope this is enough info to get this going. My goals would be to get tickets/upgrades to China for both myself and my wife. I thought I would start out with this at first and once I get a little experience under my belt I may try to add in hotels etc...(btw, we don't typically go to China at the same time as each other.) My questions. I would like to apply for the Chase Sapphire but since it has only been less than a month since I got the Chase United Explorer, do I need to wait 91 days before applying? I have read conflicting things and not sure what to do. I also have a business, should I also try to get the Chase Ink or another for that? I have read about the two browser trick for AAdvantage. How and when should I fit that into my plan? Should I close the accounts I already have but don't use or use them as bargaining chips if/when I have to call a reconsideration line? Sorry for the very long post but I wanted to get as much info out there as I could so this wouldn't have to go back and forth so much. Thanks for providing the site and to everyone for sharing their knowledge on the topics.