I travel internationally at least twice a year and one of them is generally on frequent flyer miles, mostly earned as credit card benefits. I loved USAir and moved to American with the merger. American, itself, now seems to do little flying to Europe and turns those routes over to its partners. British Air is the main one of them, and it charges huge fees even if you use them on only one leg of a longer flight. For this March it seemed always to be about $350 per person, each way. I knew to look around and sure enough, there were options on Iberia if you went through Miami or Boston with some pretty awkward connections. That was good enough for this one trip, to use up my miles, but I suggest switching to United Mileage plus, which has as its principle European partner Lufthansa which is better by every measure and WAY WAY cheaper in its fees. It also uses better, less crowded, hubs, both in the US and in Europe, i.e. Washington Dulles, Frankfort and Munich.