My friend and his wife are planning a 6 month trip in June around the world. As a first time FF, I'm trying to help him get there with a churn and some creativity. Here's the basic itinerary: West Coast-Japan (travel throughout Asia) China-Paris (travel throughout Europe) London-West Coast I was thinking about them each churning: Chase Sapphire - 40k UR Chase Ink Bold - 50k UR Citi AA - 50k AA and maybe AMEX Gold business - 50k MR Considering the fact that he will be traveling a lot between continents, I was thinking the simplest way to do this would be: Oneworld - West Coast to Japan in J (60k AA) Star - China to Europe in J (65k UR) Star - Europe to West Coast in J (50k UR) and perhaps use Avios for intra-Europe/Asia or just buy revenue tickets on something like AirAsia/EasyJet. I realize there is probably a better way to do this, and that I why I'm writing here for other ideas. I just think that given his relative low account balances (a few thousand in United and 50k in SPG to cover the balance from the churn) this needs to happen quickly and there won't be enough time to get points into one system to try for a RTW ticket. Thanks ahead of time for the help. No way am I letting my friend and his wife spend thousands on revenue tickets!!!