PNW Pain

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I am looking at flights from Portland, Oregon to Austin, Texas for a business trip I am taking in May. It seems every trip from the Great Northwest into the lower 46 requires A) a red eye flight; B) multiple connections; or C) costs over $1,000. I can fly to London for less than $1,000! I guess it’s so beautiful here that no one wants to leave, and if someone does want to leave, they make it extra difficult for us. I’m sure it’ll work out, but there is much wailing and gnashing of teeth every time I have to book a flight!