First time post to this forum, but looking for opinions from the experts... Current UA Plat well on the way to 1K this year, achieved mostly from flights to So America. Being based in PHX, currently take short domestic hops on US (LAS, SJC, SMF, SNA) and enjoy *Gold benefits like early boarding and preferred security lanes while accruing UA EQM's. Obviously that changes once US-AA merger is complete which leaves me with a decision - have AA status match me via elite challenge or stay w UA but give up alliance benefits when travelling on short hops out of PHX. I have not called the Premier Desk on their plans thinking it would be a waste of time and am already seeing reduced UA short hop service from PHX with more RJ's and a reduction in flights. I spoke to UA pilot recently about this prior to boarding and he commented that UA does not value PHX and considers it a tourist destination, not a viable business hub and as such, he felt UA does not care about the loss of US as an alliance partner in PHX. He doubt's they would do anything to increase service. Interested in thoughts here and wonder if there are other hubs similarly impacted and if so, what are your plans moving forward?