Yes, it can be done. Southwest can get me in Sacramento at 1015 Pacific (leaving 6:30 am Central). That gives me about three hours with my client because the last flight that can get me back here the same day leaves Sacramento at 5:25 pm(Pacific).
Makes for a long day – I would get into San Antonio at 11:55 pm(Central).
Why do I care? Because I am going to have to do it next week. Why? Because it’s the only way I can make a meeting I need to make, yet be back in San Antonio by the next day to fulfill a promise to one of my kids – and that’s important. I made the promise before the meeting came up.
Flight cost – about $600. No hotels or cabs saves a LOT, so it’s a fairly cheap trip (I do need to ask the client to have real food though – we won’t have time to go out, and I don’t do well on airline grub).
For those of you that don’t know me – I am pretty resistant to travel. Not air travel specifically – but travel in general. It seems like such a waste of time and money and effort (and comfort and convenience). In my experience little of my corporate travel was required – generally it was either more social, or it could have been done remotely via teleconference.
So I bought my tickets (the expensive ones that I can get a refund on, in case the trip is canceled [if it’s canceled I don’t get paid back for the cheap tickets – if it does not get canceled the client will pay for the much more expensive tickets. Go figure], and I’m going to do a one day. I’m sure a lot of you do that often. I don’t. I normally (when forced to travel) plan an extra day before and after “just in case”). Of course I am also early to EVERYTHING – I honestly can’t remember being late more than once or twice… so let’s see if I can pull this trip off!