I have recently been questioning the value of my loyalty to American Airlines. I'm typically a Platinum level traveler and have over 1.3M miles with AA. I typically use my Award miles for vacation travel with the family. But over the past couple of years I have been finding it more and more difficult to book travel with my miles, especially with the Economy saver option. There are typically seats available for 40K to 50K, but that requires way more miles then I accumulate in a year or even several years. I always start looking at the maximum days in advance, but over the past 18 months I have now found a single day that offered seats at the 25K level for the destination that I usually travel too. I typically check once to twice per week. This really makes me wonder why I bother. My company really wants me to change to their preferred airline. Also the benefits offered to gold/platinum members seems to be diminishing, so even less compelling of an argument. Frankly, the last several trips I have taken have been a nightmare due to cancelled flights because of mechanical problems and the service being provided has degraded noticeably.