I am such a retard sometimes.
Whenever I’ve had a spare minute this week, I’ve been dinking around, trying to figure out exactly how and when I’m going to get to Vegas. The focus has been on flights.
Option #1: Fly out of an airport close to home. Best ticket price, $350
Option #2: Drive an hour and a half to Lansing. Best ticket price, $263
Option #3: Drive three hours to Chicago. Best ticket price, $138 + taxes/fees.
Option #4: Drive three hours to Detroit. Best ticket price, $250 (Spirit), $350 (Otherwise).
(Random aside: Airfares are so rigged.)
If drive time and ticket price were the only variables, I could probably come up with an answer. But that would not be me. No, sir.
When you’re me, you have to consider things like the probability of the airline going bankrupt and ceasing operations sometime between now and early June, the price of gas, what time in the wee hours I would get home driving back from the airport, how many stops are involved – I prefer the shortest direct flight possible, as I have legs that are longer than whatever the sadistic monsters who determine airline leg room think possible. It’s not all that pleasant having your knees jammed an inch or more into the back of the seat in front of you, especially when it’s for hours at a time. Long layovers suck, too. I’d like to add to my collection of Northworst frequent flier miles, but to get a direct flight I’d have to drive to Detroit.. Hmm. Too many variables.
Sometimes I just can’t make a decision.
The ultimate call has been largely made for me. The Chicago price must have been a yesterday-only deal – thanks anyway, Ted -- and it’s back over $218. I’ll go with the shorter drive, direct flight and unfamiliar airline which may or may not go bust. I’m Lansing-bound. Prayers for the fiscal health and general safety of Allegiant Air will be uttered on a regular basis between now and then.
Why am I blogging about this you ask? Go back and reread the first line of this post.
As further evidence, I just remembered Hooters Air. Phew, not cheaper.
I’m off to find an extremely cheap downtown hotel room. As a heads-up for anyone who hasn’t booked yet, the Barrick website has been showing the Plaza and Las Vegas Club as sold out for Saturday night (the Club for Friday too), so don’t delay.