I'm working on planning a trip with someone else. Unfortunately, travel partner is UA, while I'm AA. Travel partner optimizes for time/convenience. I optimize to try and requal for Plat. Travel partner looks at the fact that I once flew from PVG-ORD-SJC on AA and paid a whole bunch more as being patently ridiculous. The problem: We're looking at various places to go abroad for a trip. Possibly Greece. Possibly elsewhere (though likely Europe). Total brainstorming stage. While partner is looking at locations, I'm secretly looking them up orbitz to compare All Airlines vs American Airlines. So far... AA has almost always been hundreds more expensive than other airlines. Building a case to do 2 connections is bad enough... building a case to do that + pay $700 more is impossible. So, two questions: 1. Why is AA more expensive? I'm quite curious. Are those BA codeshares I keep seeing really that much more expensive than the other guys? 2. Are there European routes that AA is generally cheaper for?