1. My MIL (the worst cheapskate I ever hope to meet on this planet or any other) would never fly anywhere because it was "too expensive". At one point, she had to travel to a location and made these elaborate and time-consuming plans to avoid flying "because it's too expensive." Her BIL looked up the flight costs and it turned out that Southwest was having a promotion or some such and the roundtrip ticket was all of $59. FIFTY-NINE DOLLARS. She kept insisting that was too much money and that $59 was a very expensive airline ticket. Her BIL then pointed out what she'd be spending in gas, lodging, and food to get to her destination and while she then did acknowledge that $59 was cheaper than her plan, she still thought $59 was an OUTRAGEOUS sum to fly nearly across the country. When BIL pointed out that he'd just flown the month before, exact same route, and had spent $250, well, she was convinced he was a profligate spender who didn't know how to budget.
I've gotten this too, in going to see my mother. She lives 415 miles, give or take, door to door.while you can fly, and in the past, I was able to get some inexpensive flights, that is a thing of the past. Itís not the money, but the time.
For me to drive, I normally leave about 6:30 am, and arrive around 2ish, depending on traffic, how many pit stops I need to make, and so on. Cost of gas; Iíd say 3 tanks total, so maybe 120 (it may be less now that I have a newer car which gets much better gas mileage). No tolls to speak of, and I also have the freedom of having my OWN car to come and go as I please.
Flying would require me to leave my house about 5:30, to arrive, park, and shuttle to the airport (I park offsite which is less). Parking for a week, say about 110 or so, airfare now, about $320. Then either rent a car, which is a lot, take the shuttle, about $50, or have my mom drive 45 minutes or so to pick me up. the flight leaves about 8:15 or so, gets in after 10, and if I shuttle or wait for a ride, donít get to her house until 1 or later. Total cost: close to $500 vs. the $120 for gas. yet I still have people question ďisnít flying better?ĒNO!