I have done the business travel thing for a long time (I mean I am getting up there). To buttress that point, I will share that I am about 50k miles short of 2M lifetime on American Airlines. That’s a lot of sitting in airports and planes.
This week I am in San Francisco for 2+ days and a weekend hang out with my son who is coming from San Diego. By San Francisco, I mean the city, Mountain View and San Jose for various meetings. It is 57 miles between SF and SJ.
For the first time ever, I did not rent a car.
The drivers for this decision are:
- Cost of the rental car ($85 per day at least),
- Cost for parking in 3 different places (now seemingly a minimum of $20),
- A sense that I am being bad to the environment, and
- An idea that I can pull this off.
I feel naked and a little less in control.
How am I doing this?
UBER Pool is a new service that connects riders to share an UBER. I did that from the airport to downtown SF for $25. I am hoping to use it to get to San Jose tonight and I estimate that it will cost about $60. If not I will use public transportation.
I will also UBER 2-3 times in between locations. I think I will spend about $40 total.
All in I am thinking $125 vs $300+. And a little less in control. Feels good so far.