Nay, there is no such thing as Mini Airlines, but methinks Mini would like you to believe otherwise. As I filled up on black gold at my local Exxon the other day, I came across this sitting on top of the pump. (Please excuse my poor picture taking skills.)
Is that really bad though? Let’s look at it.
1 hour to drive to LAX in the usual traffic
30 minutes to park in long term and take the shuttle(I’m cheap)
30 minutes to check bags
15 minutes to clear security
30 minutes to board
15 minutes to taxi and takeoff
1 hour to fly to SFO
15 minutes to taxi and get off the plane
30 minutes to wait for my bag
30 minutes to drive into the City
That’s a total of 5 1/4 hours, a mere 45 minutes shorter than driving. Plus, you have your own car and nobody will penalize you for trying to leave early if you want. Oh, and saving those 45 minutes on the flight assumes all goes well and there are no delays.
If you’re paying $150 on a super cheap fare to go roundtrip vs. $78 to drive, it starts to look good. And if you have more than one person, it starts to look REALLY good.
This new requirement to check all liquids almost puts it over the top. That could have a big impact on short haul flights. Something to keep an eye on.