Hi Milepointers! I hope this is the right place to post this thread (please direct me elsewhere if necessary ) My husband and I are planning an extended trip next July/August (2015), and I've been collecting miles/points in anticipation. I know it's pretty early, but I see on other threads that it's a good idea to start solidifying plans about 9-10 months prior to travel, so I figured now's a good time to start getting some pointers. Our plan is to spend about 2 weeks in Israel in July, and then about a month in Australia, before returning to the states. As of now, we have close to 200K Ultimate Rewards, about 8,600 Starpoints, and about 7K Mileage Plus points. [EDIT: I also have about 7,500 Delta Skymiles] My question is, what is/are the best airline(s) we should be looking at, based on our current mileage? I've been hearing really bad things about United recently, so I'm leaning away from flying with them, even though we have some points there (I know what we have is not significant). Ideally, we want to fly in style (business/first class), especially since these are very long haul flights we're talking about. Is there anything else we should be doing, or should know, in preparation for this trip? Thanks so much in advance!