Useful resources for travel: - Seatguru: shows you the configuration of the plane by carrier and which seats are good, bad or awful. - Flyertalk: gives you the scoop on different frequent flyer programs. I went to Asia for work a few times this year and managed to get Platinum status on American on my last trip. One platinum perk is the use of the Admiral's Club when you're flying internationally with the One World Alliance. This will be really useful given some of our long layovers on this trip.