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I am in FF Hell

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I am so confused as to what is the better FF deal.

I recently flew on Continental RT Italy = 14K miles

I live in a Northwest hub and just opened a NWA cc that earns 1 mile per $, no fee for the first year

I recently opened a MBNA cc, that earns 1 mile per $. I transfered some large balances onto this card at 0%. I have been trying to use this card to purchase everything so that I can earn miles. As it turns out, purchases are at 10%.

I plan to fly back to Europe 2 -3 more times in the next year. I see that prices seem to be lower when booking through non-U.S. agents, but these flights aren't on Continental.

I want to earn miles, but I'm not sure the best way. You cannot combine NWA & Continental miles, even though they are partners. The MBNA program allows you to pick the airline and dates that you want to fly, plus you still earn miles on that airline.

I'm so confused. What is best? Use the NWA cc for all purchases, earning about $2,000 per mo. in purchase miles? Or, use the MBNA cc the same? Or, fly only on Continental and use those miles?

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