Recently I had a conversation with a coworker about getting away to Vegas. With the cost of gas today, it's no wonder many are asking what is cheaper for travel. I have Vegas trips down to a routine. My family has a home there, so I'm in Sin city several times a year.
My last getaway to Vegas was on June 5th. I decided to be the guinea pig among my friends and try the new direct flight from Santa Barbara to Vegas with Allegiant Air. Round trip was only $98 with all taxes, now that makes it worth flying. So when is it not worth jet setting?
Let's take a few common mpg (miles per gallon) averages and do the math. Many autos float around the 20mpg whereas others are closer to 30mpg. My truck averages 20mpg, From door to door, it is 314 miles. So, it takes me 15.7 gallons to get to the Vegas house. At $ 4.50 per gallon, my cost for fuel round trip comes to $142. For those of you with smaller autos averaging 30mpg; you would use about 10.5 gallons, costing you $94. Now since it was just me traveling, it made more sense to fly.
Some use the time excuse for taking one form of travel or the other. Both are close when factoring a trip to Vegas. The drive time (without traffic) is about 5 hour's non-stop. If I consider; drive time to airport, security/check-in, flight, rental car pick up, and driving to the home, the time comes to about 4 hours.
I tell my friends this; I rather sit and relax in the airport or on a plane than look out the window at desert for several hours. That and I don't feel the drive is worth the gamble. It has literally taken me up to 9 hours to get home before. My time is worth more than that and the great gas mileage goes out the window as well.
Do the math before your next big trip. Plan ahead, some flight specials are only available months in advance. Factor the amount of people traveling as well. With anymore than 2 people, chances are the drive will save you hundreds of dollars. Not to mention there is something about packing in a car with friends for hours on end.
Here is a great site for both flight and package deals: