Just booked my most expensive AA trip ever at $1,112 into Berlin Tegel and home from Frankfurt in February. Bringing a set of non-status friends along for their first trip to Germany. Haven't seen any sign of those fares dropping over the last few weeks so it was time to buy and bite the bullet. Routing SFO-JFK-LHR-TXL, return FRA-DFW-SFO. Plenty of upgrade availability on domestic legs. Expert Flyer was showing C5 on FRA-DFW a few days ago, then C3 this morning, and by this afternoon was down to C2. Itinerary was ticketed within 15 mins of booking on-line, something I'm not used to on international flights. Called EXP desk hoping to grab those two seats, and miraculously another one becomes available and we all clear (hidden EXP availability could have been in play). Waitlisted on JFK-LHR as it was not showing any availability. Business is wide open and confident those will clear before departure. Should have about 60K knocked out for 2013 after this trip. Ground stops will include Berlin, Leipzig, Munich, Salzburg and last night in Frankfurt. First trip of the year is tomorrow on a domestic routing to Florida and back--upgrades all cleared at 100 hours. Good start to the New Year.