Yes, I also posted the below on that other frequent traveler forum. But,... I'm at the Dubai Do and this morning was our day to visit EK HQ. They put on a terrific series of events for their 1st ever meeting with FT'ers. Amongst those present was their person in charge of Skywards. At the meal they provided after the events, I was present during a conversation just before we headed back to our hotels about links in the US. I spoke up and said that I was a CO flier was very sorry that the relationship with EK was over; that I felt many CO/UA people felt the same. Brian said that they had been very happy with the relationship and that it had been CO/UA who'd terminated it, kinda out of the blue; that they would readily enter into a relationship again with UA. There really wasn't the time to pursue this, nor get into the effects of route competition, or them becoming part of * Alliance. But I found it a bit counter-intuitive that it was CO/UA that had terminated the relationship, and also very interesting that they'd be happy to have the relationship up and running again. What are the chances we MP'ers can push this issue with Smisek and all and make it happen? BTW, I asked Brian if it was okay for me to repeat the conversation, and he said that I could.