I have frequently flown from Chicago O’Hare to ABQ’s Sunport but always non-stop on AA. I had to go to ABQ in a group situation to a conference and the company’s travel people booked us on UAL with a change of planes in Denver. This didn’t sit well with me to begin with. We sat out a thunderstorm on the ground in Chicago only to go on to Denver and miss our connecting flight by 10 minutes. Now you’d think that a UAL plane can call another UAL plane and say "hey I have 100 people on board going to ABQ, wait for us" but no, they took off in a nearly empty plane and we sat in Denver for 7 hours until the next flight to ABQ. We finally arrive in ABQ a half hour after most of the car rental places close, including the one I had rented a car through. Our little group of 9 banded together and we rented 2 vans to drive to Santa Fe where the conference was. Now, NYNM knows how confusing Santa Fe can be and this is now 2 am! I am the only one who had been to SF before and fortunetly know it well so I guided us in to the Hilton on Sandoval. It is now 3 am and we have a conference to be at at 8 am. The trip home was uneventful but ever since, I fly AA with no problems.