Dubai Trip Traveling like the Prince of Arabia
We started our trip from Cincinnati the day before.  Using American Air miles to fly from CVG to ORD. Flights out of Chicago are 33% cheaper or more than out of Cincinnati.  Sometimes we drive but with the weather and the long flight back (24 hours+ with layovers and pre-flight check-in) I thought we would just fly.

First Stop Dubai-
The key for me to get and keep status will be multiple points (pun intended) of attack.  
-Fly places on sale that are far away that I actually want to go to
-Use the right credit cards for the right places
-Keep track of points and program benefits 
-Be prepared to take advantage of last minute sales and mistakes
-It is a game have fun but play to win

Knowledge is everything. I recommend you will get the run down on every program out there.  Who is doing what to steal loyal flyers and buyers away from the competition?   By reviewing this site you will know what others have gotten just by asking and what steps and hoops they had to jump through to get them.  This will give you the power when you call to get the same deal.  If the first person you talk to says that program it not available hang up and call back (HUCB), ask for a supervisor, sell them why they should give you the opportunity and the status you want now, let them know your friend just got the same deal you are asking for.