Life takes little twists and turns, and sometimes opportunities present themselves. I haven’t been to North Carolina to look in on my mother since Christmas, and a lot of my family that I haven’t seen in a while just happen to be visiting NC this weekend. I didn’t expect good news when I priced flights, and I was right.
Sorry, but I won’t pay $626 dollars for a 1 hour flight from Atlanta to Raleigh even if I have the cash. All things being equal, I’d just drive. But things aren’t equal – we live in a very walkable neighborhood with easy access to restaurants and public transportation. As a result, we have remained a one car family for years. As MrsMJ is not accompanying me on this trip, and needs our car, driving is not an option. But what about the miles?
I’d rather not use miles for short haul domestic redemptions, but it is what it is. (At times like these, I wish AA flew nonstop from Atlanta to Raleigh….Avios anyone? 🙂 ) Frankly, with the only options being paying over $600, or missing a rare opportunity to visit with family, I think this is a pretty good spend of miles, especially SkyMiles. As I’ve said before, I don’t walk around with a calculator figuring out cpm values. If it feels right, I spend the miles, if not, I buy with money. In the end, I’m feeling pretty good about this redemption. What’s your breaking point for using miles vs. buying airfare?
MJ, March 28, 2014