Your other options are UA to both IAD and ORD and JL and AA to ORD only. What is your final destination and when are you flying?
I don't mind the old NH C seats per se, but if I can have full-flat seats I'll take it, even if I have to make a detour. There's a decent chance that NH will have introduced the new F/C product on the ORD and IAD routes sometime this year.
I sure hope ANA can upgrade those "new style" slanted seats they have on the IAD-NRT route. They are getting rather worn and tired. Slanted sleeping is not very comfortable on a 12-13 hour flight. I am ready for their Quadra conundrum seat.