This evening we, that is my wife and I, have been trying to work out where to fly to. There are a couple of major choices and some minor ones also.
The major one is whether we should fly to Portland for the Oregon Air Show or down to Santa Ana for the Pacific Air Show.
Both shows feature the Red Arrows who in my only very slightly biased opinion (and that of many others) are the best aerobatic display team on the planet. If you are British and have even a slight interest in aircraft you will have seen them and know what I mean. If you aren't or don't know who they are, just take it from me, when it comes to aerobatic display teams just like land speed records, we are rather good at them.
The Red Arrows are coming to the USA, which is very rare - it also means you won't be seeing them at your local summer airshows in the UK, sorry about that. On the rare times they come across the pond they never come to the west coast. I am not turning down the opportunity to see them show the Americans how this stuff is really done.
The minor flight decisions are fly out of Oakland, San Francisco or Concord. Fly into Portland, LAX, Burbank or Santa Ana. Fly out on a Friday, back on Saturday, fly Sat return Sunday or fly Sunday, return Monday. Not flying Spirit because their staff are rude and not flying United because they break guitars.
Advantage of flying out of Concord is that it is near to me, free parking, private hanger, small jet. Disadvantage is that they only fly to Burbank, which is 1 hours drive to the airshow location. It's tempting though as it is only slightly more expensive and it's a private jet. You can check-in 30 minutes before take-off and none of that TSA crap.
Advantage of Delta / American / etc is cheaper flight but I'll have to pay for parking or take an Über to BART and BART to the airport, deal with all the lines and TSA crap.
There are too many combinations to even come up with a sensible plan of action other than start building spreadsheets and I haven't even looked into car rental / AirBnB / Hotels and whether it makes sense to drive down to San Diego after the air-show. It's only another 2 hours. Or maybe visit DisneyLand with the new Star Wars theme park.
Alternatively we could just drive. It's only 6 hours by car from our house to Huntington Beach and would only cost about $30 in electricity charging each way plus we save on flights and car rental.
When did travel planning get this complicated - yeah, I know, when we started being able to do it on the Internet, and we were provided with infinite choice.
Still sucks though.