BeFrugal.com has launched a new web-based Fly or Drive Calculator that compares the time and cost of flying versus driving and provides consumers personalized calculations for any trip.
Given the rising cost of gas, it has become increasingly important for consumers to choose carefully whether to fly or drive for their next summer vacation or a cross country trip, BeFrugal.com said. Using trip dates, number of travelers and a starting and destination address, BeFrugal.com’s patent-pending calculator determines door-to-door time and cost for flying and driving the same trip. The Fly or Drive Calculator uses a combination of databases, maps, cost-schedules and routing algorithms for its calculations.
To estimate the cost and time needed to fly, the calculator automatically determines the nearest major airports, travel times to the airports, transit time at the airports, flying times, and costs associated with each part of the trip including air tickets, transit to the airports, and parking at the airports.
To estimate the cost and time needed to drive, the calculator’s trip routing algorithm uses databases of highway maps, driving speeds, automotive operating costs and estimated overnight hotel costs.
Consumers interested in comparing the time and cost of flying versus driving for any trip can use BeFrugal.com’s web-based Fly or Drive Calculator to get their personalized calculations. The calculator is available at www.befrugal.com/tools/fly-or-drive-calculator.
BeFrugal.com itself is a website focused on frugal living. It features coupons, deals and bargains, as well as web-based tools to help consumers save money.