I blame Patrick McIlheran.
I spent (what was supposed to be) a moment to check the headlines this afternoon, and saw that McIlheran had a blog post about the choo-choo that'll take the elite back and forth from Madison to Milwaukee (until they realize a car is still the best option [or would moving the the city in which you work be better? It really makes you think, ain'a?])
One of the commenters on the blog mention a round trip plane ticket to Madison is $100. I commented a response that said that I checked a random period in April, and round trip from Milwaukee to Madison was $272, changing planes in both Kansas City and Minneapolis.
Which got me thinking. How far could I fly to make a very short trip?
I tried to get a flight from Milwaukee to Rockford, but Expedia couldn't find one. A flight from Milwaukee to O'Hare didn't take me far (changing planes in Pittsburgh or St. Louis) enough out of my way.
Not exciting enough. What about a flight from O'Hare to Chicago Midway? Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz, Priceline and CheapOair all came back with, simply put, "You can't get there from here".
Ah, but what about from Milwaukee to Midway? Not bad; a round trip ticket on Frontier, changing planes in Denver. And maybe it shouldn't have, but my brain skipped a beat when Expedia claimed to have "Only 2 tickets left at this price".
Over an hour later, it appears that I've got to redefine a "quick look at the headlines".