Posted by William Charles on February 12, 2019
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Published on February 12th, 2019 | by William Charles

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Recap: Mars Return Ticket Prices, Marriott Changes Map & More

 

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RC
RC

How much for one-way?

Debit
Debit

Safeway is a shit show.

HarryTheFirstHarry
HarryTheFirstHarry

Came here for the “how many point/miles…” jokes….none yet….

SkayDk
SkayDk

Hope they will issue churnable CC

Mark
Mark

What are the Mars rates in the opposite direction?

Orin
Orin

What is the best card to put the Mars ticket on?

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

I just want a one way ticket to Mars

Elmer
Elmer

I just don’t like that valuation for a Mars ticket; I value the Mars redemption at closer to $4 trillion, and here’s why (sneak peak – it’s got nothing to do with fuel surcharges!):

NASA contracted with the Russian space program in 2017 to send astronauts to the International Space Station at $70.7m per seat. (I assume they received some sort of volume discount for purchasing 6 seats, but I’m still using that as my baseline). The distance to the ISS is on average 400 km, so ISS travel costs $88,375/km for a round trip adventure. Assuming we would reach Mars when it’s at its closest to Earth (55.8m km, rather than an average distance of 254.4m km — I can’t imagine the additional fuel fees attached if we reached it at its farthest point of 400.4m!), a trip to Mars would be at least 636,000 times as far as an ISS trip. If I just purchased a one-way trip to Mars for 254.4m km, it would cost $22.45 trillion, but I certainly would need to come back to Earth to brag about my stellar redemption on TPG forums, so I’d need to buy a round trip. Therefore the straightline value of a trip to Mars compared to the ISS would be $44.9 trillion dollars.

But we all know we look for bargains, and we don’t pay flat rates per mile for redemptions (at least not yet, despite the Big 3’s efforts!). If I can find a roundtrip from Chicago to Dallas (1300km) or Singapore (15,000 km) for the same price, I’ll take Singapore every time. That means I can go 11.50x as far for the same ticket price. Using this logic, I’ll assume I can find similar savings on a ticket to Mars vs ISS, which means it would be just $3.9 trillion for that round trip ticket – what a steal!

Now being the good travel hacker that I am, I’m hopeful that I can get a $500/point valuation out of this trip, so I’m willing to use up to 7,800,000,000 points or miles to get to Mars! This will make a Neckar Island redemption look like a Cleveland Quality Inn on Lake Michigan during February!

Now which credit cards should I sign up for?

Yoni
Yoni

I guess this is National Hotel rewards Devaluation week.

Steve

It’s cheaper if you book a flight to Jupiter with a layover in Mars, and then just skip the second leg.

Drew R
Drew R

Skiplagged Galactic

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

READ the fine print. There are severe penalties for doing that including but not limited to a night in Klingon’s dungeon.

Jim W.
Jim W.

Sure, Elon, sure. I swear, some of these “bright” people can be really dumb. There is absolutely no sense in predicting values a decade from now, because you have no idea what the crises/climates/events will be then. I’d be just as valid at guessing that by then, Musk will have no money or may not even be alive.

In addition, good luck getting people with money to go. You’re asking folks who have grown accustomed to the creature comforts to give up the internet, good food, pretty much all forms of entertainment, hobbies, etc. You’re better off asking people with no luxuries in life to go for free, because they’d have nothing to lose. Oh, and how will these people have children and raise them?

Sustainable colonies will not exist until they offer something better than the current environment, or until they have to exist out of necessity.

MCT
MCT

That and Mars dust is dangerous to human health and we don’t know the long term effects of being in space.

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