I have some relatives near Sarasota that I'd like to go visit from time to time. I mainly fly United because of their European connections (daughter attending school there next year), but United has no good options from the Washington, DC area down to Sarasota. They want to give me layovers in Chicago and Boston (from DC, for Pete's sake!) and the fare prices are hideous. I can find stuff on Hipmonk for half what they're charging. All the airports in the DC area (IAD, DCA, BWI) are convenient to me, but BWI is the most handy. You'd think that with three major departure airports to choose from I could find something decent with United, but noooo! US had some moderately decent fares to Sarasota from DCA, but since they are moving out of *A they are no longer an option. United's options into Tampa aren't much better, and my brother tells me that traffic is so bad down there that it can take over two hours to get from Tampa to Sarasota. If I fly into Sarasota, he can pick me up at the airport, which will save me car rental costs. The best choice seems to be to say to heck with the FF miles on United, and get a much cheaper fare from another carrier. However, does anyone out there have any other suggestions? I have an MPX Visa and about 60,000 points, but I'd rather save the miles for European trips.