Lastly year my wife, over 6 months of the year, flew enough to earn her Diamond Medallion status (that is 125,000 elite miles with Delta). While she has flown a bit less this year I am on track to also rack up a ton of elite points for 2019. Is all this flying bad for the environment? Sure, but if you want to visit many far points in the USA, air is the way to go.
In cast you were not aware, a movement that started in Sweden seems to be taking hold in Europe, that is, “flygskam” or shaming folks for flying over taking a train. If you do train vs. fly you can “tågskryt” or train brag that you take the train vs. flying. In my visit last month to Sweden I was even asked if this is becoming “a thing” in the USA as well.
Uh, no. Not gonna happen here.
Now I am as concerned about the environment as the next person and take steps to limit my carbon footprint – but not when it comes to flying. Now granted, as someone who enjoys a mileage run I know I am over the top when it comes to flying but I love travel as a job and a free time adventure. Now I do my share of staying home and earning elite points without flying via creative card spending so I look at that as a win=win for the environment (right?)! 😉
Plus, when it comes to the USA, this country really just is too big to not fly where you want to go. Oh, and the rail system in this country is simply nothing like those in Europe (and other places on the planet).
I guess I just want your input today. Have you ever heard about flight shaming before? Does it bother you the impact on the planet your flying has? Do you ever buy carbon offsets to have an impact on your travels? Would you fly less if you could take a train where you want to go? Shout out what you think about all of this in the comment section below! – René