Hello, I started this hobby in earnest last summer and a couple of weeks ago booked four business class tickets to Europe for next summer, just before the United devaluation, thank goodness. Thanks everyone helping me get to a great start. Now I am trying to figure out my strategy for 2015. Our goal is an annual trip for four in business from SFO to Europe in the summer, generally right after July 4 because of my kids' sports schedules. Given how restricted we are - popular destination, peak season, lots of seats - I am slowly coming to the conclusion I am stuck with United, despite its lousy redemption values, because it seems to have the most seats available. AA is cheaper but racking up points via Chase I seems easier (though the Aadvantage shopping mall has been great lately). I am willing to pay the huge surcharges for BA and Virgin, even, but from what I have read so far their availability isn't great, particularly BA? What do you think? Thanks in advance for your help!