Hello all! I am quite new to this and am trying to plan out a strategy for a couple of trips that I would like to take. Trip 1 - PDX to LHR to IST (Departure late June 2013) My partner and I will be taking a very, very belated honeymoon without the kids! Woot! We want to fly into London and then take the train to Istanbul (stopping in Paris, Munich, Budapest, and Bucarest - basically all the spots where we need to switch trains). Trip 2 - PDX to BKK (Departure March 2014) For this trip, we want to take our family (5 total) to Thailand. I currently have had the the SPG Am Ex (Personal) and the Citi AA Visa for about 9 months. Right now, I have +/- 30K Starwood points and 60K AA miles. I'm trying to figure out my points/miles strategy to best accomplish both of these trips. My thought is that the airfare will definitely be the most expensive part of Trip 2, so perhaps I am best off trying to maximize airline miles - perhaps through the United CC? Any thoughts or pointers would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!