PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11502 posts, RR: 62 Reply 4, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 4540 times:
Certainly do, I love flying, so will often go out of my way to fly more routes and different airlines/aircraft. For instance, tomorrow I can have the pleasure of sitting on a train/replacement bus from Plymouth to Birmingham, or I can cut out several hours of sitting on the ground and replace that with a 25 minute flight... much more fun, and hardly any more expensive so that is exactly what I have done!
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17288 posts, RR: 51 Reply 6, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4526 times:
When I worked in the industry and had non-rev privileges, yes. I was taking non-rev trips at least twice a month. Sometimes just a day trip to somewhere like Boston or Washington D.C., other times just to add another a/c type to my list or just simply because it was close to payday and I was close to broke and spending all day flying around (and getting fed) the country was cheap fun.
Flynavy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4488 times:
Funny story actually...
I recently took a non-rev day trip up to DCA. I flew up in the early morning and did some sightseeing and what-have-you. Fast forward to around 5:00 pm. I'm at DCA waiting for my flight back down to ATL. I got to the gate and saw the plane I would later take down to ATL arrive. I watched the passengers disembark and notice two younger men walk off the jetway, back to the CSR desk and sit down to wait for the flight I'm on. I was a little annoyed to say the least. These two guys literally flew up from ATL just to fly back down without doing anything whatsoever in DCA.
In the end, my seniority date surpassed theirs. They were bumped off the flight and they got stuck in DCA...
Good riddance. It was an abuse of the system, in my opinion. Not to mention - a complete waste of theirs and the company's time.
Sketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1774 posts, RR: 3 Reply 10, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 4467 times:
I flew NCL-AMS back in August just for fun. I had never been on a Fokker 70 so decided I would catch that aircraft back.
It was a good day, lots of spotting and a visit to AMS city centre.
Well worth it
Quite a number of examples in my history; some personal highlights (all of these were daytrips):
During the ZRH meeting in 2006 I flew from HAJ to ZRH two days early, only to fly ZRH - TXL - GWT - TXL - ZRH the next day.
Added TXL and GWT to my logs - plus while the a/c flew a GWT - DUS - GWT rotation I walked (!) into downtown Westerland on the island of Sylt, did some sightseeing & shopping and was back (walking) at the airport in time. The CSA issueing my BPs was amazed by my itinerary and was even more stunned when I told him my home base.
In 2001: TUS - SAN (WN) - LAX - TUS (UA) - PHX - ABQ (HP) - TUS (DL B727)
and a few days earlier: TUS - PHX - LAS (HP) - SLC - LAS (DL B763) - PHX - TUS (HP)
HAJ - FRA - SZG - LNZ - FRA - HAJ combined with an excellent lunch at the AiRest Restaurant at SZG. I was the only pax to disembark at LNZ while the CRJ continued to DUS.
TPA - RSW (I was the only pax on this sector) - MIA - TPA
Another weird routing:
SNA - SFO - SMF (UA) - BUR - ONT (WN) - LAX - SNA (UA) in order to add SMF, BUR and ONT to my logs and to fly my first LAX to SNA sector.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
Srbmod From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 17288 posts, RR: 51 Reply 13, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4426 times:
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 8): I was a little annoyed to say the least. These two guys literally flew up from ATL just to fly back down without doing anything whatsoever in DCA.
I've done that on several occasions. One off day late in the afternoon, I showed up at the airport and got on the first flight I could find that has space (My original plans for the afternoon had been blown to hell because my roommate at the time forgot to pay the power bill.).. Flew ATL-LGA, got off of the plane, checked in for the return, and got back on.
I flew ATL-PDX-ATL on three different occasions, never leaving the airport because I only had about two hours from arriving in PDX to the return. Of course I could have waited and taken a later flight and actually gone into town, but this was back when DL had their minihub @ PDX for flights to Japan, and the domestic legs (ATL-PDX, CVG-PDX, PDX-ATL, PDX-CVG) had international service on them. I was not going to pass up BusinessElite service on a transcon flight.
I've also done ATL-MCO-JFK-ATL and ATL-MCO-TLH-ATL and never left the airport @ MCO, JFK, or TLH.
I used to do it all the time, with the exception I was a revenue passenger. We call them "mileage runs" and the objective is to use cheap fares to generate miles to earn and maintain elite status with an airline. I'd usually do three or four SEA-SFO-IAD immediate returns a year to top off my account if I was short from regular travel.
Transpac787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3155 posts, RR: 14 Reply 15, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 4407 times:
I do it whenever I can, for any number of reasons:
1) Add new aircraft type to my "list"
2) Add new route to my Flight Memory
3) Get new safety card or menu
Quoting Flynavy (Reply 8): Good riddance. It was an abuse of the system, in my opinion. Not to mention - a complete waste of theirs and the company's time.
Only a good riddance because the "good nonrev" always has a contingency plan for such occasions
Besides, what they do with their time is none of your affair. Secondly....how is it a waste of the company's time?? The plane is flying anyway. If they want to go, so be it. That's what the flight benefits are all about....use them as much or as little as you like. With all the pay and benefit cuts in the industry, a lot of people use their FB's to the fullest as it's one of the great benefits we still have. So....why fault them for it??
And, an "abuse of the system"?? Hardly...
Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6): other times just to add another a/c type to my list or just simply because it was close to payday and I was close to broke and spending all day flying around (and getting fed) the country was cheap fun.
I've actually only nonrevved once to get fed, haha. COS-DFW roundtrip on AA, breakfast going, dinner on the return.
ZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 942 posts, RR: 6 Reply 16, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 4390 times:
Yup, I do. last year (2007) I did quite a few, including a DC3 flights, and GMP-PUS-CJU-GMP in business, as well as a flight on the Trislander and back on the Islander between Auckland and great Barrier Island. I am flying a moderate amount of miles for work, and usually add domestic flights if I can...
LDIkaros From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 177 posts, RR: 0 Reply 18, posted (5 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4360 times:
Last year I flew VX SFO-LAX r/t just for fun (and to check out VX, of course!). It was actually my birthday and I wanted to do something different. As I hadn't flown in a couple of weeks I decided to just 'do it'.
I invited my partner along. It was a great trip and probably the most relaxing flight in a long time - no bags to check, no worries about missed connections and delays. All just for fun
Georgebush From New Zealand, joined Jul 2006, 679 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 4282 times:
When I worked for UA we (who ever was finishing work with me) would jump on a flight to CDG or LHR to have lunch and come back. I used to get my hair cut by an Aussie lady in downtown London while I worked for UA. If we had 2 or more days off it would be lunch in HKG, PVG, or NRT.
I knew a CSA who was engaged to a F/A and would go with him on many of his international trips. It real convenient when you can just rock up to a random gate with your ID ask if F is available and tell them you want on...
D328 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 299 posts, RR: 0 Reply 23, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4275 times:
Flights I paid for to do for fun just to get on certain planes and go to some airports; all for around $800 total:
PIT-IAD-PIT on Indy Air CRJ
PIT-LGA-IAD-DTW-PIT on US, Air Wisky, and NW: on 320, CRJ, DC-9-40, Avro
PIT-CVG-ATL-CVG-PIT on Comair, DL: on CRJ, MD-88, 763, CRJ
PIT-DCA-PHL-PIT on MidAtlantic, US: on EMB-170, 321, 734
PIT-ORD-ABQ-DEN-PIT on American Eagle, AA, UA: on ERJ-145, MD-82, 733, 733
When I worked ramp for PSA/USexpress at PIT I did these just to go all in 9 months total of just over 29000nm; some places I visited friends for a few days, and the beach a few times but all was for fun and free.
PIT-PHL-IPT-PHL-PIT: 733, DH8, DH8, EMB-170
MCI-CLT-IAD-PIT: CR7, CR9, Saab 340
PIT-PHL-FLL: 733, 757
PIT-CLT-JAX-CLT-PIT: 734, 733, 733, 734
PIT-PHL-SAN-LAS-LAX: 733, 319, 319, 733
BUR-LAS-DCA-PHL-ABE-PIT: CRJ, 319, ERJ-145, DH8, Saab 340
PIT-PHL-CLT-PIT: 733, 762, 321
PIT-DCA-CLT-FLL-PIT: EMB-170, 733, 734, 734
IAD-PIT: Saab 340
PIT-CLT-AVL-CLT-PIT: 734, DH8-300, DH8-300, 733
PIT-BFD-JHW-BFD-PIT: Saab 340
PIT-PHL-PIT: CRJ, EMB-170
PIT-PHX-CMH-PIT: 319, 319, Saab 340
PIT-PHL-BDL-PIT: 733, EMB-190, ERJ-145
PIT-FLL-PIT: 321, 734
PIT-PHL-UNV-PHL-PIT: 733, DH8, DH8, EMB-175
PIT-CLT-GSO-PHL-PIT: 734, CR9, ERJ-145, EMB-175
And my last Non Rev flight was done in 25 hours, and the best one I've done, US, and ZED Fare on CO:
PIT-SEA-ANC-PHX-DEN-PIT: 319, CO-753, 319, 733, 320
CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3377 posts, RR: 9 Reply 24, posted (5 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4267 times:
On december 28th I hopped on a Hawker and went Whitehorse-Dawson-Old Crow-Inuvik-Dawson-Whitehorse, just because I wanted to. Luckily I was able to do it through my work for cheap, as having to go buy a regular ticket would have been way beyond my budget.
What could possibly go wrong?
25 AAce24: I've done this quite a few times. This Saturday it's RDU-BOS-ATL-RDU. Although I am planning on leaving the airport in Boston and going to eat lunch,
26 DesertAir: In the 1970's and early 80's I would fly between SFO and SCK just for the fun of it. I flew on a number of now defunct airlines...PSA and UA flew 737'
27 San747: I've done it twice since I jointed US. One time to LAS, and another to SFO to fly VX.
28 OA260: I do it alot. Just for a day out or an overnight somewhere. I used to do it alot more on my days off. I would go to Frankfurt or London for the day. R
29 MSYtristar: I'm doing it this Monday... ATL-STL-SAN-STL-ATL and then again on the 26th... ATL-YYZ-YVR and finally on the 27th... YVR-YYZ-ATL I usually do it to be