Hi, I've done some browsing on this website and hoping I might get a bit of advice on some points strategy. I have AA lifetime gold and 2 long-term AA credit cards (gold AA MC, AA AMEX -- no annual fee). Recently cleaned out AA miles on two tix to Australia from US. I don't have hotel elite status. I travel for work 1-2/month, but not with consistent hotel/airline (Hilton perhaps most common, but not enough to get elite status from stays). I have a European Delta flight booked for January so was thinking of doing a status match challenge for Delta...could get a 2-3 more flights in on Delta in 90 days, but guessing would need credit card to reach silver. A few questions: 1) Any suggestions on a card? 2) Is it possible to pick the start date for the challenge -- or do you know how long it takes to process the request (so I can best time the request)? 3) Alternatively (additionally?), should I focus on getting Hilton elite status? Not sure how many credit cards is too many or if there is any timing I should take into account. Any advice would be much appreciated!