Snaiks From Panama, joined Mar 2005, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 8165 times:
well, actually i have, but not for the hell of it. back in september of 2005 when hurricane Katrina hitted new orleans, I evacuated to houston, then to dallas. Being a foreign student in the US. they told us they were going to cancel the semester down here, so I didnt wanted to go back to my home country, so I flew on a friday to CLL, on AA SAAB, I remember we departed at 6 am, when everything in DFW was closed, got there at around 8, and set up everything with TEXAS A & M, we scheduled our classes, got an apartment, and everything, and came back the same day, our flight left at 445, it preety interesting, i have never flown comercially and came back the same day, and even without clothing
DFW13L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 8147 times:
Being an airline employee, I've done it several times. Last month, I got out of a meeting at work, very close to DFW, at 4:10pm. I usually work a night shift, and am rarely off in the afternoon. I really didn't want to go fight traffic, so I had an idea. I went to DFW, parked, and got on the 5:15pm to IAH. Then I got back on the same plane coming back! I like to hop down to IAH for three reasons. 1. In the A terminal, there's a fast food authentic Mexican restaurant that has GREAT enchiladas with green sauce! 2. To see the international lineup at the IAB (or whatever the new name is for the non-terminal E international terminal). The international lineup is much more impressive than DFW. 3. I really wanted to see Privatair. I was there from 6:30pm until nearly 8pm, but only saw Mexicana and the last British Airways. I checked the computer when I got back, and Privatair operates every day except for Wednesday, which is when I went! Just my luck.
Once I flew to Denver and back in an afternoon when I had a lot of stuff to read for a class I was taking. It just seemed like the thing to do. I had listed myself in coach both ways, but was dressed for first class. I got kind of hungry, so I asked the gate agent if they were serving any food in first on the return. She said they were, so she gave me first class on the return!
I've flown to AUS as well. I keep wanting to do ATL or LAX, but haven't yet.
When I was a teenager a friend and I would save up and buy tickets when they were on sale...we got a connecting roundtrip of 4 legs for $78 in the late 80s and early 90s. SHV-DFW-SAT and back for example.
David L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9621 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 8145 times:
Not yet but one of these days I'm going to do Westray - Papa Westray in Orkney, just for the hell of it. It's the world's shortest scheduled route at 2 minutes, depending on the wind. Due to the timetable, it seems you have to spend one night up there so a day-trip's out of the question.
Planesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4133 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 8087 times:
I often go up to Manchester for a few hours or to Ireland. In december i flew Bristol-Dublin on the sunday night flight, spent 7 hours overnight at the airport, then flew back on the 6:40am flight. But that was just to get on the B737-200 before Ryanair retired them.
I'm going to both Shannon and Frankfurt (Hahn) for a day in the coming month or so. My friend is Irish, and because the flights are so cheap to Ireland we often go, usually to Cork. No idea why i'm going to Frankfurt, but it was pretty cheap (£24 return) and was convenient times so i thought what the hell why not?
LONGisland89 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 758 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8079 times:
In the summer of 05 my father and I flew LGA-DFW-ORD-LGA in one day. Our purpose was to see the new international terminal in DFW and then fly on an AA 777 from DFW-ORD. BTW it was fun and I was able to enjoy the flagship suite!
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11966 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (9 years 4 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8051 times:
Its something I do quite a lot of.
First time was in April 2004 PLH-BRS-PLH just to try out Air Southwest and the DHC8-300, the irony was that I didn't think the service would last so wanted to fly it before it died, yet now its a route which I take every other week.
In August 2004 I did PLH-BRS-DUB-BRS-PLH with Air Southwest and Ryanair just to fly on the B737-200, again ironic as I managed to get on 3 other 732's by 'accident' in the following 5 months!
July 2005 flew on the Iran Air B747-100 sightseeing flight, although that was not a return flight as such.
October 2005 MAD-LPA-MAD on Iberia A340-300s, as part of the Mega MAD/LPA A.net meet.
December 2005 BHX-DUB-BHX; EI A320s, just to see Dublin and meet Ben, although we didn't actually manage to find each other till we got back to the airport in the evening, lol.
January 2006 BHX-DUB-BHX; FR 738, another look at Dublin and do some research.
February 2006 BHX-EDI-BHX; Had never been to Scotland before so decided to see what it was like and also get to try FlyBe and their DHC8-Q400/ BAe146-200.
February 2006 BHX-BFS-STN-GLA-BHX; booked well in advance, set me back only around £70 in total. On BMI Baby B737-500, Easyjet B737-700, Air Berlin B737-700 and FlyBe BAe146-300 respectively.
Next one dayer will be tomorrow; PLH-BRS-PLH, business though, not for pleasure, I could get the train non-stop up to Birmingham but the station is 6 miles from my house, and the airport only 1, which is a good enough excuse to fly half the way to Bristol then get on a train if you ask me
I also fly countless indirect routings, not always cheaper but I do just for the hell of it!;
LHR-JFK via AMS.
JFK-LHR via FCO.
BHX-BCN via DUB, SNN & LPL. (to get the EI A330 )
BRU-BHX via CPH & AMS.
one day I'm going to get to Plymouth from Birmingham by doing; BHX-EWR-BRS-PLH on CO and Air Southwest, again, just for the hell of it
Might get the picture that I like flying a bit too much
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
SonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8007 times:
Well, flying for free helps, because I do this all the time. In fact, I just did one yesterday. (DFW-PHL-PIT-PHL-CLT-DFW) My longest one lasted 27 hours. (DFW-PHL-SFO-PHL-DFW) Hey, it is a fun thing to do when you are bored, and it is free too.
NZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6597 posts, RR: 36
Reply 14, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 7998 times:
Yeah, last year my UA miles were going to run out so I decided to take a short hop from HLZ (Hamilton, NZ) to AKL. He drove me there and then I flew back on the 20 min flight which was basically for the hell of it - Still the smallest plane I've been on - B1900D.
It was all good. I definitely plan on doing more in the future!
Beowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 748 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (9 years 4 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 7987 times:
Maybe it's an age related thing or an everything-becomes-routine thing. I used to love flying, and in a way I still do it. However, after several one-day communtes , I am beginning to hate them. I have to get up early, drag my rotting body to the airport, organize my own food for the flight, get from the destination airport to the city, do my thing there, and then haul myself back home. After a while it just sucks.
Maybe I should take the happy-pills my doctor prescribed me.
AmericanAirFan From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 410 posts, RR: 3
Reply 16, posted (9 years 3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 7863 times:
Well I had a reason for flying somewhere but my parents let me pick reasonable routes with reasonable airlines for KAUS-KSJC and it was really nice being able to go to new cities that I've never been to before.
"American 1881 Cleared For Takeoff One Seven Left"
AR1300 From Argentina, joined Feb 2005, 1750 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 7789 times:
I just flew CO from MIA to CLE and then to ORD, just to fly an a ERJ, instead of taking the nonstop flight, and I will be flying this Thursday to MEM and then to MIA( and then to PTY and then to EZE) just to fly on NW, wich I never did.
Jabejaha From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 6 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 7745 times:
I live in Brighton UK, (The south coast) and my parents live in Bahrain in the Middle-East. I was working up until 4pm Christmas Eve and from 11am Boxing day, yet still managed to take a coach, get to LHR, flew to BAH, arrived there at 7:15am local time, spent Christmas Day with my family, then left at 0200 from BAH to LHR, arrived LHR 6:30am, coach back to Brighton, and back at work 10:30am.
It was a strange experience, but worth it just to be with family, although I seemed to be on GF's old A340's, with no PTVs and very cramped seating on both legs, didn't worry me too much as I needed the sleep regardless!
Continental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5551 posts, RR: 17
Reply 21, posted (9 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 7711 times:
I've done 2 so far. My first was on Northwest MSP-MDW-MSP on an A320 on the way over, and a 757 on the way back. My second one was the year after (2004) on United MSP-DEN-LAX-ORD-MSP on an A320, 767-300, 747-400, and 737-500. Both were fantastic times, and trip reports for both can be found in the trip report forum!