Sitting in my room last night I finally got around to booking my ticket to get out of town on Friday. Yes, I waited a bit longer than I should have, leaving me inside the 7-day advance purchase window, but my schedule wasn’t settled yet so I had to. The schedule still isn’t settled but I’m booking anyways. It is a simple trip – I need to get from Raleigh to Atlanta. I need to do so in the afternoon, arriving no later than 6pm. So I searched for options and got the following results:
The first two flights are obviously the cheapest by a bit but the long layovers and poor departure times mean not actually getting work done if I pick those. And since someone is actually paying me to work these days that seems like a bad plan. Similarly, the last choice is rather pricey and still has the bad connection timing.
The 1:30pm departure on Delta is a bit too early to leave the office. The 2:45pm would actually be perfect but it is the most expensive of the options out there that has a decent schedule. Options 4, 6 and 7 seem to be still in contention and I’ve got a voucher from US Airways from when they screwed me coming home from Africa last year so spending that would be nice. But skipping the connection would be nicer.
So it is down to the two Delta choices – the 2:45pm flight in coach or the 4:00pm flight in first. And the first class seat is cheaper!
Turns out it actually wasn’t that hard a decision to make after all.
Yes, I know that it is a short flight in a rather mediocre first class cabin. And I know that I have to pick up a rental car on arrival and be mostly coherent so drinking up a storm isn’t likely to happen. Still, getting the better seat for LESS money is one of those opportunities I generally take full advantage of.
I just hope the accounting folks understand when I submit my receipts…