I'm UA 1P and fly about 50k+ miles a year mostly to Europe (in Y, out of a NY airport) but I also usually make a round trip to Australia each year. My domestic travel is at most one or two transcons each year. All is leisure travel. Would I be better off joining Miles and More? I much prefer to fly Swiss or Lufthansa to Europe and that would seem to give me much better upgrade chances using miles. I realize that I'd be giving up *A G status and E+ domestically but I could live without those things if that meant flying TATL in J more often. If I were to start flying using a M&M FF account would I be able to use my UA *A G status for lounge access until it expired? I'll earn it again this year (in a few weeks) and so would have it through Jan 2014 in any case.