Now here's a shocker from CNN's travel page....

(CNN) -- Are you lucky when it comes to air travel? If you live near an airport that's the hub of a low-fare carrier, you are very lucky to be blessed with low prices and few restrictions. But unfortunately, air travel luck is not spread uniformly across the country, and major carriers continue to gouge where they are able.

"None of the big carriers offer low pricing unless they are forced to," airfare trend expert Bob Harrell of Harrell Associates in New York told CNN.

....But some cities seem downright cursed when it comes to getting low fares, and the disparity in fares is alarming -- especially if you don't want to (or can't) stay over a Saturday night.

Let's say you live in Cincinnati, Ohio, an unlucky city sorely lacking low-fare service, and want to fly to Denver. Book in advance and agree to stay over a Saturday night in July, and the lowest fare on Delta (the only carrier that flies non-stop) is around $425. If you're a business traveler and want to come home on Friday, Delta's lowest fare is about $700 for that privilege."

Well, duh. This is why I've made so many early morning drives to Indianapolis.

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