my head is spinning a bit after a couple of hours of browsing this forum...you guys are pretty damned knowledgable and it's been an enjoyable read. i run sailing's biggest forum at sailinganarchy.com but not a lot of really up-to-date info on this subject over there. i travel a ton for work but have never done a MR...wondering if there are any easy tricks a poor roving reporter can use to get platinum on a shoestring. location DTW. already have skymiles credit card. not looking to spend $995 for 10k MQM per the DL program. rather spend 400$ or less. ideas? thanks a million...or closer to 10,000 anyway.