Round-trip airfare from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Chicago Midway: $139.80
Cab fare from Midway Airport to Adler Planetarium: $20
Admission to Adler Planetarium’s 5:18 AM-6:25 AM viewing party: Free
Getting to see the first Transit of Venus since 1882: Priceless
Let’s just say I’m thinking about it. :)
For those who may be wondering why I would fly to Chicago to watch a celestial event… the transit is, alas, not visible from Phoenix. And Chicago is the cheapest option of all Southwest Airlines cities in the “visible zone.” (Yes, I checked them all.) And Southwest is the best airline to use for such an expedition, because if, say, the forecast calls for overcast skies, I can cancel a flight at the last minute and receive full credit in Southwest Airlines “Ticketless Travel Funds” — which are as good as cash, really, considering how often I fly Southwest.