Two round trip tickets ended up costing $280, and after food, parking, and gas...total trip cost was something like $350. Ironically, (considerring the fact that we were grounded, we are planning a second trip (That 14 day advanced reduced fare..YEA YEA!!). To answer your question, I do not yet have my private, yet have about 150 hours in a 172 and will receive my private as soon as I am old enough...17. (From there I hope to go to Embry Riddle for that Aeronautical Science degree.
And Just to reiterate for you other guys,(Alien, OPNL)...
Southwest was a great airline considdering that it is lowfare. I could save up for another airline as you suggest, but I don't have to...I fly first class on United every other month