I assume there is a thread in here somewhere about this, but I was unable to find it (addmittedly didn't search all that hard) so if someone would rather point me in that direction, thanks in advance. I've been 1K @ United for ~5 years, flying UA nearly exclusively during that time. I've seen a lot of folks expressing frustrations with UA post-merger & it got me thinking about other programs. Based @ ORD & fly primarily to western US locations - all serviced (I believe) by UA & AA. Has anyone had a better experience @ AA after leaving UA? I haven't had the problems others describe with UA, but wonder if I'm missing something. Biggest concern is use of miles - the rest of my family doesn't fly so w/UA I can at least use the miles for merchandise, etc. - as best I can tell, AA offers what - magazine subscriptions?