First, some focus on the benefits that you get from flying an airplane. Those of us who fly know that the benefits are very real, but we know this only because we fly. For me a flight from my home in Austin, Texas, to, say, Mobile, Alabama, is easy. On the airlines, it’s a bad experience, and I’m trying to be nice. I know that because I’ve done it both ways. Flying myself wins hands down. It’s more fun, less hassle, more convenient (fly to where you’re going, not where the airlines are going) and infinitely more rewarding. Yes, it’s more expensive, a lot more expensive, than going via American or Delta, but it’s worth the expense, we remind ourselves.