Yesterday at 4 AM I dragged myself out of bed, hopped on a 6 AM flight and was in Las Vegas by 10:30 in the morning.Â By 11:30 that night I was back in the air headed back to Ottawa, after four meetings, a lunch and a dinner. I arrived at 9:15 AM today, and headed to the office. Why?Â Air Canada ran a promotion at the end of December which allowed you to buy two months of unlimited North American air travel for just C$379 per month.Â The catch?Â You may only travel on Tuesdays or Saturdays.Â My option was to fly to Vegas and return from Vegas in one day, or be forced to stay until Saturday.Â
Such are the things that startups do.
It was tiring.Â However:
- it was effective.Â I had five super meetings in one day.
- it was cheap.Â Aside from the airfare, I didn’t spend a week in Vegas.Â I didn’t pay $200 per night for a hotel, andÂ $100 day for meals.Â And, after 5 minutes in front of a slot machine, I hit a US$340 jackpot.Â The entire trip literally cost me nothing.
- and I’m already following up the business we did.
I didn’t see any of the show floor, nor did IÂ see Steve Jobs introduce iPhone.Â In fact,Â I’m watching it now on video.Â But it was probably the least expensive and most effective CES I’ve done in years.Â
Lake Mead, from the air, shot on my Blackberry Pearl.