The opportunity: I have a chance to do a group interview with Steven Moffat from Doctor Who and Julie Gardner and Naoko Mori from Torchwood, on the preview night of Comic Con.
The problems: The interview time is 4-5 pm Wednesday, but my flight doesn't arrive till 7:30 pm.
It would cost $130 in change fees to change my ticket. Plus, though the flights online are about the same price as my ticket, those are web fares, and I have to call a live ticket agent to change the ticket, so I might have to pay additional ticket money on top of the change fees.
I do not have $130+. I managed to max out my credit card with travel and general living expenses last month and it will take me several months to pay this all off (while being charged interest), my mortgage payment just jumped $40 a month and my car payment just went up $105 a month. I also haven't yet paid for my share of the Comic Con hotel, and of course there will be food expenses.
I have a friend visiting me who doesn't leave till 10 pm Tuesday, which is why I'd booked a flight at 1:30 pm on Wednesday: so I could sleep in and pack and get the house ready for my long absence in a leisurely fashion, instead of frantically pulling it all together while half-asleep. If I change tickets, I'll have to leave my house a little after 5 am Wednesday to make the early morning flight.
I also have a boyfriend who is puppy-dog-eying me over the facts that I've been busy with my friend all week and now I'm going to be gone for 5 days, and who was going to take Wednesday morning off work to spend it with me, because he wants to spend time with me badly enough that he's willing to pack my clothes and water plants, as long as he's in my presence.
...So now I have to decide, is it worth the $$$ and the loss of time spent resting/with my boyfriend, in order to ask the actress and show-runners 3 or 4 questions each about their shows? Because yeah, I realize that there aren't very many people who are going to get to do this, and I may not have a similar chance again...but I think that the expense and value of what I'll give up is greater than the value of getting to briefly meet these people.