Howdy! I have always loved traveling. Grew up traveling with my family, and now as a married lady want to continue traveling. I recently went to Kauai for 10 days with my husband. We got to fly round trip from DFW using mileage. IT WAS AWESOME! I am hooked. However, those 160,000 miles took me 5 yrs to earn! I am left with about 48,000 miles still. Anyway, I am reading award travel blogs nonstop for the past few months. Never again will it take me THAT long (to earn so much mileage), I hope. So what is realistic? I get that the bloggers have been doing this for a long time. In some cases, it's now their main job. I don't expect to travel quite as much as them, but I would like to have 4-5 free trips a year (at least hotel or air covered). That is the goal. Probably 1-2 of them international. I have amazing travel flexibility as I own my own business. In my spare time, I am ALWAYS reading and trying to learn about points/miles. But no one ever really tells their STORY. How long did it take them to fly international first class, etc? How long did it take them to fly for free (what appears to be) so frequently? How long did it take those with multiple credit cards, to sign up for them at once? I feel like I'm always reading about how bloggers will sign up for like 6 credit cards in a row. When can I get there? Small business specialist at Chase told me I need to wait 6 months between each new card. Is this true? Current card situation: I got the Hyatt VISA in April. Used it at the Grand Hyatt Kauai. We racked up a TON of points from that. To date, I have a little over 51,000 Hyatt Gold Passport points. I have the Citi American Airlines Advantage card. Got it in 2011. This is the card we used to fly free to Kauai on. I shop for every thing I possibly can on the AA shopping portal. I only buy what I would normally buy. I've educated myself about the next card I'll get (Chase biz card). I understand that I must be able to afford the minimum spend for each card. I always pay my credit card bills in full. In fact, I have never, ever not paid the full monthly balance. I have a 740 score. We have a good reliable, income.