Vii wrote:However, I don't know enough about the frequent flier programs - is United a good one?
If you intend to regularly fly United for rewards, yes. I live in a United hub city and already travel mostly on United so they're good for me. YMMV.
Vii wrote:How many points can I expect to spend for a flight to Paris, or London, or Zurich?
Take a look on their site. You can go to the redeem miles section and look up flights and the miles required.
You also need to consider your spend and the earn rates. CSP is typically better suited for those that are pushing a large amount of spend through it and earning points at 2x and higher (via the UR mall). For smaller amounts of spend a cash back card may be better suited.
Vii wrote:I am having trouble finding these details.
It's really not that hard for your question about United. Go to the United site. On the nav bar at the top there's MileagePlus which is their FF program. Place your mouse there and a menu pops up. Click Use Award Miles. On the next page, click Book award travel now. Fill in the details and you'll get options with the miles required.