Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Money Money Money

I was looking at an issue of this Australian magazine.  Outback: RM Williams.  They have an article about a car, and it includes the price of the car—$66,155. I'm very ignorant about car prices, so it was interesting to me.

It made me think about our plane tickets.

They're so expensive!

We're flying Premium Economy on Qantas.  For the three of us the cost is $8668.27.

Each flight is about 14 hours.  The total flying time on our ticket is 29 hours. That means we're spending about $290 for each hour in the air.

For $290, I could buy an 8 day pass to Disney World...well, for one person.   For the three of us I could get only a 1 day ticket.  

For the full 8.6668.27 I could get get about four years worth of annual passes to Disney World. That would be four years of passes for all three of us.

Of course we wouldn't go to Disney World for four years straight.  And we'd have to pay for plane tickets to go back and forth.  Plus there's food to pay for...and all that. 

With our Qantas tickets, the food is included. And I bet we get one of those face mask things;   aybe socks as well.

You don't get socks and face masks with a Disney Annual Pass.   

The Question: Why pay so much for plane tickets to Australia when the money can be stretched much farther if we use is it for other things?

Answer: I love Australia.  And the love isn't a quiet and mild love.  

I'm still unsure though if we did the right thing by going Premium Economy. 

I REALLY hate long flights.  We're hoping Premium Economy makes things a little better. But then a part of me wonders.  Is the improvement worth that much money? We're going to suffer no matter what.  Maybe we should have suffered more and paid less. 

It's too late to change things now. I guess we'll see for next time.  We might say, That was totally worth the money.   We're never going back to economy on Qantas. Or we might say, That was not worth it.  Let's do economy next time.

OR we could say, Flying that long is hell no matter what. We're never returning to Australia.

And I actually once had this demented fantasy of us hating the first flight so much that Jack insists we never do it again.  

Stuck forever in Australia. Yeah. What a tragedy that would be (insert wink here). 

One thing that makes me feel better about splurging on plane tickets is thinking about how other people have splurged.  

Here's an engagement ring for $8600 dollars. To me, personally, that's a waste of money. It's just a shiny thing.   What's the point of it?  And I could get a fake one for a very cheap price. Would that many people know the difference?

I would know the difference.

Would I care?

Nope.   

What's the point of having expensive jewelry? I don't get it. 

But some people do get it, and it's very important to them.

Different strokes for different folks.   

They might argue that they'd rather have this ring, that will last them through out their life, than go on a vacation to Australia that will last only a few weeks. 

My argument to that is the memory of the vacation will last a lifetime...or most of a lifetime. You might get Alzheimer's, unfortunately.   

Back to the car in the Aussie magazine.  It costs $66, 155. For that price, we could get seven sets of three return tickets to Australia on Qantas...Premium Economy. 

Seven trips to Australia. I'd much rather have that than a car. Plus you have to pay for the fuel.   With our Qantas tickets, fuel is included in the price.