OLEAN -- Last week I had occasion to fly from Buffalo to Washington and back to attend a newsmaker luncheon at the National Press Club, an organization in which I have retained my longstanding membership. Same-day travel. Non-stop. Depart early morning, return in the evening. Late reservation with no discount fares available. When I went online to buy a ticket, US Airways--or whatever they call themselves these days--wanted almost $1,100 for the trip to National Airport and back.