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  •  Cols is a good choice (6+ / 0-)
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    suzq, untorqued, dinotrac, annieli, anshmishra, JanL

    Should be in either Ohio or PA anyway, since we know they won't go South (AL is a bad idea on several fronts, but the airport in B'ham is one good reason).

    Still, they could highlight the city's Civil Rights history.

    My one concern with Cols might be the expense of flying in, since it is not on an Amtrak line, and isn't a major airline hub.  

    Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

    by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 09:35:20 AM PDT

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    •  CMH flights are very reasonable (6+ / 0-)

      and it's an easy little airport to deal with.

      But the lack of rail transportation is appalling. (We were ready to do something about that, but Kasich pulled the plug at the eleventh hour.) The lack of good transit choices in Columbus is one reason the RNC decided against it--the irony.

      •  Oh yeah... (5+ / 0-)

        I remember those high speed rail funds and the dumb a** GOP governors who turned them down.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:22:35 AM PDT

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      •  not in my experience (1+ / 0-)
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        I live on the west coast and have family in Columbus. I have a price alert set up with one of the travel websites, and I never see tix for less than $350, and they're usually closer to $450. Compare that to flights to NYC or Boston that regularly get down to $250 or $300. CMH is more expensive to fly to than most major US cities.

        •  Guess it depends where you're going (0+ / 0-)

          Isn't that always the way?

          ... I've priced flights from CMH to various places and the prices tend to beat flights from larger airports within driving distance. There's a decent selection of destinations as well--I was even able to fly to Melbourne, Australia, this year with just one layover.

        •  But if you lose that $100 (3+ / 0-)
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          Miss Blue, JanL, orestes1963

          in one night's hotel room or a day's meals, that a wash, right? Conventions last more than one day.

          I love Brooklyn. But you have to save up a lot more money to stay in the NYC area than to travel to OH.

          © grover


          So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

          by grover on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 10:59:45 AM PDT

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    •  I used to live outside of Columbus and had the (0+ / 0-)

      same problem.  I went to school in Boston and flying from Boston to CMH during school breaks became so outrageously expensive while I was in law school that I started flying into Akron on AirTran (with a short layover in Philly - BOS-PHL-CAK), which was further from my destination (Licking County, just northeast of Columbus).  Was puddle jumping at its finest - a four hour trip that was consumed almost entirely by takeoff, descent and running between gates in PHL.

      It wasn't as bad at the beginning, as I used to be able to fly American Eagle fairly inexpensively on an ERJ-145 direct from Boston, but once airlines started pulling out of CMH, the round-trip fare tripled.  But that was back in the middle of the last decade, and things may have improved, particularly if Southwest has expanded its offerings at CMH.

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Thu Jul 24, 2014 at 03:18:46 PM PDT

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