One thing, you metion, Comair, what a suprise!
It's not a surprise at all, that's why I mentioned them specifically
Don't worry - everyone who is doing their research comes across them eventually and we all get the Comair hard-sell.
The JAA programme is new since the time I was doing my research. It may well be worth doing. I haven't looked at it myself, but does sound interesting.
At risk of turning this into 'The Professional Flight Training Thread', here are some things to think about:
It's a huge decision that will cost you between 50,000 and 100,000 US Dollars. That is a serious amount of money in anyone's language.
First: Think how much are Acme Flight Training Company in Sunny Beach, Florida quoting for a 'Zero to ATPL' course.
Take that figure and add one third at least. I know a lot of pilots and none of them have ever finished anything within the minimum number of hours quoted by the training school.
Now add the cost of accommodation. This can represent a large percentage of the total cost. Is it a flea-infested hotel miles from the school? or is the accommodation on-site and owned/operated by the school? You will need to speak to current students and get their unbiased opinions of the accommodation. 'PPrune' is a good place to start.
You will be there for at least 18 months. It's unlikely you will want to do anything, even aviation, for 1.5 years without a break. Factor in a few trips back home, or at least for some time away from the work.
Other things you will need to pay for: Beer, toothpaste, condoms, shaving cream, phone calls, the list goes on and on....
These things may seem obvious, but those incredibly low prices quoted by Comair in their glossy brochures suddenly become a lot less attractive when you add all the extra things that I have mentioned above.
Now, the big test is this:
Do the same calculations for a school in Spain (or wherever you are based).
You can do a PPL locally just about anywhere. The ATPL theory can be done at home where you may be paying zero rent, depending on your circumstances, or there is probably a school that does it full-time classroom-based too. I understand that not everyone can do such a hard course as self-study. You may even be able to do a full-time or part-time job at the same time which will save you a lot of money.
Next, you can do the CPL/IR/MCC
all in one go at various schools all over Europe. They often do it cheaper if you agree to do all of the units with one school at the same time.
What is the result? Compare the two prices and you may be very surprised at the result.
It's a half-truth at best, and a total myth at worst, that the USA is better and/or cheaper for professional flight training. The old excuse the British use for going to the USA is that the weather is better there (more flying days possible) but that hardly applies to you in Spain. In fact, there is a very big British school based in Jerez if I remember correctly. Might be worth checking out.
I'm not trying to turn you off the idea of Comair etc, but as I said above: The flight-training industry, more than any other, is full of bullshit, myths, and people trying to separate you from your money.
Be careful, do your research thoroughly, and NEVER pay any large amount of money in advance, no matter how attractive the discounts may be.