US based flyer with no status in any FF program. I have an upcoming flight and I am trying to decide where to credit. IAH-CDG-DUB-AMS-IAH in a mix of Z and J fares According to FlyingBlue calculator this round-trip will earn a total of about 16,000 miles although one of the transatlantic segments is Delta so I'm not sure if that changes the equation. The goal is to gain status in a Skyteam or partner program (or Alaska? Virgin America?) which could then be used to challenge match to another USA program if it fits my currently undetermined flight patterns. If the mileage calculation is correct I would need to earn ~9000K more mile to reach lower status in most programs. If I credited to Delta I could also apply for a credit card and get additional MQMs to negate some of the flying requirements. I searched for a status challenge not requiring existing status but couldn't find anything. Any advice would be appreciated.