Short Hops, Soaring Fares: How Companies Cope

Picture this: Your boss asks you to pay a call on a key customer a couple of hundred miles away. It's less than a four-hour drive from headquarters in Pittsburgh to Harrisburg, Pa., but time, as always, is of the essence. So you call your company's travel agent and ask for the cheapest flight. The current fare is $200 one way. That's nearly as much as it would cost you to fly from Pittsburgh to London, you say. Are you being gouged?

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