Even as domestic coast-to-coast fares remain pricey, there's hope yet for those looking to make the trip to Europe. Fares to Germany have held steady in the $600-$700+ range from New York and other departure cities, even during peak summer months.
And if you'd prefer to wait out the summer crowds (and higher hotel rates), you'll find plenty of great fares for fall travel. Even for nonstops from the West Coast!
For travel elsewhere in Europe or even Israel and North Africa, you may find it is often cheaper to fly into Germany and "DIY " a flight onward, what with so many low cost carriers operating from German hubs. Sites like WhichBudget.com can help you string together an itinerary on the cheap. We also like the Special Offers listings on Air Berlin (who recently souped up service from the West Coast to include Las Vegas and Los Angeles), which allows you to search current sale fares by destination categories, such as Honeymoon, Winter & Sun, Snow, etc., and regularly features places we rarely see deals to from the US, like Palma de Mallorca, Sharm el Sheik, and Tel Aviv.