So I've sort of thought this through, and I am really going to AIM to hit the 50k mark next year. This year I would've been either UA/AA Gold if I didn't split up my flights; and I didn't even do a mileage run. Thus I hope that next year, I will be able to hit at least the 50k mark or possibly more if I actually do just take a flight just so I can get the EQM/PQM. I normally do 2/3 LAX - NYC Trips a year via work; and when I do i try to route as much as possible so no direct LAX-JFK for me. Other than that there's the occasional LAX - SFO trip + others. Nothing else really planned at the moment. I've made a fairly rough spread sheet comparing the two programs, but honestly I still don't know which way to sway. I"m based out of LAX so either program would provide a good network for me; and currently I don't have allegiances. I usually just take one or the other depending upon price. Currently I have the UA Explorer Card so Priority Board/Bags & I plan on getting the AA cards in Jan so that benefit would zero out. If anyone had some more food for thought for me to ponder about please share. BTW Spreadsheet is here & its editable but please don't mess it up for the sake of messing it up. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ausy7yM2i-ncdEFWS3I1Z0JLb1FJN3J1ZWNSRTdKbmc Thanks!