Short answer: probably not.
I sure thought about it yesterday when it became clear that United will be eliminating regional upgrades, but I have calmed down today.
I’m 1/3 of the way toward million-mile status on United, love Star Alliance, and have generally been satisfied with all aspects of United’s performance this year.
Still, American now has a superior upgrade program (let’s see if lasts) and a better soft product (though UA has a far superior hard product, in my humble estimation). As those of you who know me will attest, I’m more worried about the meal than the seat when it comes to domestic flights, so AA is attractive in that respect.
But I’m not about to give up Economy Plus and the ability to redeem my miles to fly on Swiss and Lufthansa just because I will not be able to as easily upgrade family and friends anymore on United.
The news is still settling in, but I doubt United is going to lose many customers over this change. And if I end up defecting to the dAArkside, it’s not like United is going to miss me too much–there will be others to buy the cheap tickets that I buy now.
I have two AA flights up front next month and will decide then if I should reconsider AA.