When you read the subject line, it may seem like an obvious answer, but I'm in a dilemma and would appreciate the expertise of flyers that use these programs and fly out of the DC market. I have been AA ExecPlat for four years straight, out of Chicago. My latest commute has been to MSP, so I've been taking long-haul trips to Asia and Europe to maintain my status. My better half and I are moving to Washington, DC, and the AA flight options are miserable. Unfortunately, I think I will have to pick a new airline. It is likely that I will be flying to MSP every week for the next year and a half, and from there, may also be flying to the SFO market occasionally. I realize MSP is a Delta hub, but I would think my flight options from DC would be more limited than if I flew United out of Dulles. I will be living in the district, so it would be preferable to fly out of DCA (Delta has a direct to MSP), but if necessary, I could fly IAD if Star Alliance was my program. I'm open to any suggestions or perspectives here. When it comes to personal travel, I prefer most of Western Europe (primarily Spain), Asia and South America. I like to by my tickets and upgrade using one of the premium instruments (VIP) and buy my partner's business class ticket with miles, so any talk of the availability of those options would be helpful, too! Many thanks in advance.