Hi and first let me offer my appreciation for such a sight with such a wealth of knowledge and experience. I am new to the game, so new I'm still waiting on my first 2 cards. I decided to start with the Barclaycard arrival plus and Chase Freedom and as soon as I reach spending minimum adding the Sapphire, Southwest and a hotel card (yet to be decided). I still have a young family of 4 so my plan for now is to stay domestic with some travel to carribean and expand internationally as my girls grow in age. I have excellent credit. So I would love some advice as to tricks to get going so I don't waste any money and points. Once again I am a blank slate and eager to learn and prove to my wife I can do this lol. My home base will be out of Houston.