Friday, April 04, 2003

Pay your friend $18 to not drive them to the airport

Over my three years here, I can't tell you how many times I've gotten up at 3:00 in the morning to take someone to the airport. Do people realize that parking is only $6.00/day!? If you're just going to be gone for the weekend it's only $12 or $18 to park.

So you have to take them there and go pick them up when they come back. On average, this requires a total of about 5 hours. This includes a solid 4 hours of driving time and one hour of waiting for their luggage and the delayed flights.

So overall, taking them to the airport essentially costs me $175.00 since I'm missing work. (Taking into account my "hourly" wage and gas money). The opportunity cost of taking roommates to the airport is too high. Next time someone asks for a ride I'll just give them $18 and then I'll end up saving $157.

The point is - parking is only $6/day, so don't ask someone for a ride to the airport unless you're going to be gone for a long time.

1 comment:

James Bartlett said...

Good point! I agree! (except I live close and don't mind it, for now).