I find this a bit funny.
Don't all Hearthstones point to Org or SWC?
The issue is not getting FROM Dal and Shatt, it's getting TO Dal and Shatt :)
No... Now we can SET our hearthstones in Dal or Shatt and simply go through the portal to Org if we want to...
This way, we can sit in a peaceful city away from crowds and NPC-covering-drakes while we wait for queues, etc.
Also... on the issue of Mages "over" charging for their portals...
It doesn't matter how much the stone costs - it's not about the stones!
It's about the fact that they take time out of THEIR gameplay to do something for a stranger - regardless of how quickly they can do it.
When I'm on my mage, and I'm in the middle of sorting bags, or doing an auction scan, or something else I consider worth my time - the fact that I am whispered dozens of times for a portal here and a portal there, then I have to drop my party or join another, etc. etc. etc.
It's time out of MY game playing to do YOU a favor.
If you don't like what a mage charges (and 10 or 20 gold is PITTANCE depending on what they were in the middle of when you interrupted) - then don't pay it...
(and for the record, most don't "charge" but simply open a portal and HOPE for a tip - and you'd be surprised how many think they are "entitled" to the portal for free... doh. Sadly, kind of like our current social landscape don'cha think?)
Instead of paying a tip - YOU can take the time out of YOUR gameplay to ride a zepplin, fly over the same landscape, etc. etc. instead.
If avoiding the travel time is worth a few gold to so many willing to pay it just to eliminate the TIME WASTED - then my point is made on how happy so many are that the portals are back.