How Far Would You Have to Drive Before You’d Prefer to Fly?
Before 9/11, flying wasn’t great, with the airlines’ drift towards being flying bus lines, but it was awfully convenient. Now, it’s not, not just because of the TSA follies.
Courtesy of Small Dead Animals, I read this Globe & Mail column stating that 1,000 miles is about the author‘s minimum distance beyond which flying becomes more attractive than driving. It occurred to me that that’s about the distance I’d mentally adopted. I’m willing to drive from the Upper Midwest to, say, Washington, D.C. I've got to fly to New Mexico for a weekend, but if it were a longer trip, I might consider driving. And, all things being equal, I like flying.
Now, all of this is lunatic, in a way, given the vastly greater time (and danger) of road travel compared to air travel, but the sheer unpleasantness, slowness, and relative unreliability of flying seems to be pushing a lot of people away.
How about you? Any mile marker at which the calculus changes? And has it moved one way or the other in recent years?