Denjem wrote:So there is air sevice from San Diego to Mammoth/ Yosemite airport now. After some research I found out that a flight is $179 round trip per person. To me this is a sh#t load of money. I can drive there and back for less that that.
Are you really sure it costs less than that to drive? Google maps tells me it's about 800 miles one way, or 1600 round trip. If your car got 30 mph, at $3.50 (I wish) a gallon that's $180 bucks right there , but add in wear and tear on your vehicle, I would suspect it's costing way you more than you think. For our company, our reimbursement rate for personal vehicle use is around 40 cents per mile. That comes out to over $600 for a trip of this length. Granted, that's probably pretty high, but you start thinking about future transmission jobs and fuel pump replacements, and suddenly driving costs start to skyrocket. If you are dividing up the costs with a couple of friends, maybe you can make it work, but for a solo trip, I would bet you're way better off flying.
Plus, you are about 1000 times safer in a plane than in a car. Factor in the cost of one ER room visit, and flying doesn't look so bad.