Case in point: you can drive the 200 miles from Kansas City to Wichita in about 3 hours. Is it worth it to save $120? What about $400?
(thanks to Yahoo! Maps)
|from Dallas to ...||miles||drive time||airfare (sale)||airfare (regular)||via Greyhound|
|Wichita||363||5:45||$199||$637||$69 ($120 RT)|
|Kansas City||500||7:30||$79||$229||$85 ($147 RT)|
No, this isn't scientific, but I did try to to compare apples:apples (depart Thursday, return Tuesday, etc). It's a sample of some trips from Dallas to points north. And yes, you're reading this correctly. There's a $120 penalty for having a shorter flight, if you use American Airlines' latest fares from Dallas Love Field (where they're trying to compete with Southwest Airlines).
For what it's worth, American wants $656 for a trip from Dallas to Frankfurt (Germany, not Kentucky). Via New York and London. Yes, 2 stops. Just the way Southwest would do it.