I'm an American based in Johannesburg, South Africa on a long-term consulting project. I fly back to the States at least 3 times a year, and do some additional traveling (mainly in Africa) throughout the year. All of this is in the back of the bus (even the ~17 hours back from Joburg), as it is paid for by my client, and that's what they give us. I have been DL PM the past two years, but I'm not sure if I will meet the revenue requirements this year, and I'm certainly not spending $25k with foreign transaction fees. The DL flight JNB-ATL is the most convenient for me as I spend most of my time in the southeast when I'm back Stateside. Other flights to the US are on SAA to IAD or JFK, or I can stop in Europe on any number of carriers. Or the Middle-Eastern carriers. The trips back to the States should get me pretty close to the spend threshold, so I'm not opposed to sticking with Delta, but I've been considering a move anyway. One big thing keeping me from thinking too much about switching loyalties is that status matches mostly require that you actually fly on the actual airline, and the US-based carriers don't fly to Joburg (aside from Delta) except through codeshares. Additional things of note: I have AMEX Plat and Priority Pass that comes with it, so lounges are pretty well covered domestically and abroad. I'd love to be able to use miles (or SWUs) to upgrade, but I haven't really been able to do that on DL with the YBM requirements, so it's not a deal-breaker. Domestic upgrades in the US have been really nice, but I could live without. In addition to SAA, there are a lot of BA flights around South Africa and to neighboring countries. Many of the smaller African airlines who are not in an alliance partner with SAA. Some options I'm considering: Get *G on Aegean - I have roughly 3K miles already, so 17K more (one trip back to the US on a carrier that gives 100% to Aegean) and I'd be there. These miles would probably be orphaned, but I'd get elite benefits fairly quickly without having to do a match/challenge. After that I'd still have to figure out what my primary airline would be. Switch to United - Valuable miles, possibility of domestic upgrades, several *A partners in Africa and many more that fly to JNB. Switch to American - Fairly valuable miles, strong SWUs, though I could really only use them TATL since I'd have to fly a partner to JNB from Europe. Switch to SAA - don't know much about their loyalty program, but could maybe get a credit card...*A and lots of regional partners Switch to a European carrier - haven't given too much thought, maybe TK? Switch to a Middle Eastern carrier - probably EK Switch to Alaskan - just thought of this one recently and it's pretty intriguing...tons of useful partners. Keep flying DL back to the States, some reciprocal benefits on DL and AA within the US, strong presence of BA in southern Africa, several choices to get to Europe, Cathay and Emirates for Asia, Qantas and Emirates for Australia... Sorry for the novel Anyone who's still around, I'd love to hear your thoughts!