The Associated Press this morning has an article about Americans opting for cheaper Thanksgiving trips this year. Since I can relate to the incredibly high prices the airlines are charging this year for holiday travel, I thought it was worth noting. While I'm not entirely convinced that the AP's inductive reasoning works, I certainly hope it's right.
First, here's a bit from the AP story:
The Miles family is changing it up this year in the annual American race to make it to the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Instead of booking plane tickets, they opted to take the 1,100-mile trip by train.
Airline tickets seemed too pricey, so they paid $800 for the five of them to travel roundtrip by train from their Syracuse, N.Y., home to Omaha, Neb. to see family. Airfare would have totaled more than $2,500, the family said.
"Economic considerations topped the list for us," Maureen Miles, 44, a doctor's office receptionist, said while sitting with her husband and three kids at a crowded Union Station in Chicago before their train departed Tuesday afternoon.
"If the price was right, we would have considered flying," she said.
And frankly, with the prices the airlines charge for holiday travel, they deserve to be shunned. My fiancé and I came very, very close to not traveling home for Thanksgiving this year, when we realized that the two of us would need to spend nearly four figures to get there. Unfortunately, we would have had to endure a 16-hour drive to get there, which would make the trip impossible without taking a day off work. A train wouldn't have been any better.