So I just logged on to the site for the first time in a while, and I'm sure there are many "United Sucks" threads out there, and I hate to add one more negative thread to the mix, but I just can't help myself. For the record, I loved Continental and have even found a way to appreciate the new United. Despite United's less the stellar reputation, I still think the crew members and employees work hard to ensure client satisfaction. My experience with "the new" United may have dropped a little bit from continental, but overall, I still find it better than any other airline that I have flown in recent memory (Delta, US Air, American). So although I may sound a bit pretentious and nit-picky in this rant, I still love the airline; I just don't see the benefits of the frequent flyer anymore. I flew 70,000 miles last year, so I just missed the United's 3rd Tier (i'm not sure what it's called now), so I sit at United Gold Status. I live in Houston now, and will soon be moving to Chicago next month. So I will continue to fly out of hubs. Here is what I have experienced thus far as a frequent traveler in the "new united" and a few things that bug me: 1) ridiculously long frequent flyer lines at security in both Houston, Chicago, and many other airports. I tend to find the "secret" security lanes that are hidden in the airport, yet open to all flyers. I could go on a separate rant about TSA security, but I'll save that for another forum. 2) At gold status, I have regularly boarded in group 4 or 5. I still have no idea how united orders their groups. Maybe it's a glitch. Finally, on a flight from PHL yesterday, I was given group 2. Of Course, I boarded behind around 30-40 people that were somehow given boarding group 1. I know there were a decent amount of 1kers on the flight, but I would be shocked if everyone in boarding group 1 were people that were supposed to be there (disabled passengers, passengers with small children, 1kers, active military, etc...) 3) I have a united/continental credit card. I rarely use it to book business travel since my company has an in-house travel agent, but I'm thinking I should start because I imagine I am lower in upgrade priority behind people that use their united cards. I don't like it that continental removed the discount on food and drinks that you get with the card as well, along with a bunch of other perks. 4) I very rarely get upgraded even when I fly to non-commuter destinations. As I have some discretion over my travel times, I always try to choose dates and times that are less crowded, and I still don't get upgraded. 5) if i check a bag, which i rarely do, my "priority" luggage is labelled right, but my bags never seem to make it in the batch of priority bags that comes out in baggage claim first. There's more, but I think I've vented enough. I do like that most of the united fleet has been upgraded to economy plus, and often don't have difficulty securing an economy plus seat. I'm not sure if Worse yet, my travel has decreased for work this year. So I will either have to scramble for gold status again or choose to be in silver status, which I definitely think isn't worth it anymore, since I can get that status by maintaining a united card, and United has essentially stripped all the benefits away from silver travelers. If I could see more domestic upgrades, I guess I would be happier. I'm holding out hope that the problems I have experienced are glitches, and not consequences of the combined airline.