I need to do a throw away / MR flight to Europe. I'm based in CLT and looking to do a one or two night trip to somewhere in Europe (FRA, MUC, LGW, etc.). I need to get miles credited toward US for status. CLT to FRA is attractive b/c it is direct. But it is on US metal and US metal is the worst metal...or is it? Is AA to western Europe in coach as cramped and crappy as US to western Europe? If I book on AA and credit to US, do I get full mileage credit towards status? I am a US CP. If I book on AA do I have any upgrade options at all (mileage, paid, de gratis) for an economy purchase to western Europe?