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WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:39 pm


Hey...I am going to St. Augustine, FL from FLL a week from tonight and definently am driving.
I wanted to know what I'd miss out on...what is a short flight like FLL-JAX on WN like? Is it better than driving?
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:42 pm

For me, a person who hates driving, yes. That stretch of I-95 is boring at best. It's a quick but very enjoyable flight, well worth the relatively little money.

I'd recommend trying it sometime, definitely!
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:42 pm

The short flight is not worth your time. The car ride will be more enjoyable!! The only thing you might miss out on is the F/A's doing some stupid singing or somethnig along that line.
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:50 pm

Well if you are a truly love aviation like most of us on here you would not even have to ask that question! Now for me personally I HATE driving so I would fly. When I was younger and my parents would plan family vacations I would not even go due to the fact that I hated to be in the car for any long period of time, I have lived in DEN all my life and to this day I have never drove over the mountains! If someone wants me to go anywhere far with them they have to pick me up at the airport!!!
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 2:54 pm

Don't know much about that part of I-95, but when I lived in DC, I would much prefer the USAirways Shuttle to driving I-95 to New York. Based on the location of the airports, however, I would never have flown BWI-ISP to get to New York.

Here in Austin, my general rule is that if I can get a r/t ticket to Dallas for less than $90, I will probably fly. If I'm visiting friends in Collin County, Arlington, Grapevine or Ft. Worth, I'll take AA to DFW. If I'm visiting friends in Dallas proper, I'll take WN to DAL.

I know that probably doesn't help with your Florida question, but that's my general rule.
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:06 pm

I don't have a choice, really...I've been BEGGING for weeks...finding $39 fares. My parents think that flying is expensive for some reason! I'm going on a college visit, and I am looking at a college in Jacksonville, so hopefully i will have a chance to ly WN this summer to visit the college.
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:17 pm

That is the good thing about WN, if the fare is only $39 buy it yourself! Dont you have a job kid! Now I know you can find a way to make a quick $100 to buy the ticket!! Good luck Have a good trip!
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:47 pm

You just couldn't help yourself, could you Freshlove? Any thread concerning Southwest and you have to jump in with your Anti-Southwest bias. I think you need a hobby other than bashing my airline; just my opinion.

Flairport, when Southwest was first created our chief competitor was the automobile. Southwest helped bring communities in Texas closer together by offering a quick, inexpensive flight vs. a long drive across the Texas prairie. My eleven year-old daughter lives in Austin and she is able to visit me every other weekend by taking a 50 minute flight (gate-to-gate) than me having to drive three hours (each way).

Anyway, anytime you can hop aboard one of our jets, we would LUV to make your trip across Florida easier and less time consuming (and more fun to boot).

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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 3:54 pm

Can Southwest serve Wenatchee, Wa (EAT)? I'm tired of Horizon Airs very expensive air fares. Robert NWDC10
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 5:58 pm

That stretch of I-95 is about as boring as it gets. Watch out for the Florida State Troopers and be careful with all the construction in Palm Beach County. With the cost of gasoline (probably about $30 round-trip) and wear-and-tear on your car, driving (if you're alone) really doesn't end up being much cheaper than flying if you get a good fare on Southwest.
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 6:50 pm

A bigger question is - will you need your car there? If so, flying + car rental is probably going to make it more expensive.
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 7:44 pm

Flying is always better than driving- regardless of how short a trip it is! If fares are low i then i would always take the jet over the automobile. Unless of course you're making the journey in something like a Porsche,Ferrari- then i'd probably drive instead hehe.
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RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:49 pm

I used to fly DAL-HOU quite a bit. Also MCI-STL. Yep, stepped up security means that you have to get to the airport earlier, and you might well have been able to drive it faster. But I've done trips where I've flown down in the morning and back at night. I was able to get some work done in the gate area and on the flight over. And on the way home, I could actually close my eyes and rest a bit. Something you can't do very well behind the wheel of a car. There are some definite benefits to short haul flights on Southwest. Those benefits are attractive to ... gasp... businessmen.

RE: WN Vs Driving

Sat Feb 21, 2004 11:45 pm

Assuming you are looking at Flagler College.... it will take just as long to get to St. Augustine by air as it will to drive there. It's a 60-90 minute drive from Jacksonville's airport, plus you'll have to pay for a rental car. A cab ride would be well in excess of $100.

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