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How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?  
User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3527 posts, RR: 8
Posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7402 times:

How far out of your way would you go to get a certain plane you want or to connect through a specific airport?

For instance, if you need to fly LAX-LHR in business or first class, would you take the nonstop in a 777, old configuration, or fly via ORD to get a new configuration?

If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?

If flying ATL-ORD, would you consider connecting in DTW if you want to experience the airport? Would you connect in LEX for the same reason, just so you can say you've been to a place you've never been before?

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User currently offlineKU747 From Kuwait, joined Mar 2008, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7397 times:

I would do all of the above.

I've done the following route just to fly on A346:

Also to try the new CX first class and to see HKG airport I took this long route:

Will fly to LHR from KWI through DXB on EK just to try the A380 next week.

In mid 80's I flew from LAX to SAN on EA just to try 757.

Last year I flew from YUL to FRA through YOW just to fly on AC 767 sleeper configuration instead of the old configuration out of YUL-FRA on AC 333.

I have done so many similar things but I can't recall them now.

[Edited 2009-11-20 14:11:30]

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User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12167 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7387 times:

Anywhere really. If I want to fly on a specific aircraft and there's only one flight left in the world, then that's the one I'll take, no matter where it is or how many (tens of) thousands of miles I have to fly to do it. Some examples:

AMS-BHX-MSP-DTW-AMS-BHX - Just to take the last NW DC-10 flight.
LHR-FRA-CGN-CGN-CGN-MUC-LHR - Just to fly a chartered Iran Air 747-100.

When I'm just flying to go somewhere then I don't mind how much of a diversion I take if it gets me something interesting. I'm young and can handle long periods without sleep and love new experiences, so it doesn't bother me one bit. Some I've done:

JFK-FCO-LHR - more for extra miles than flying a DL 763 and another AZ Mad Dog, was very cheap too.
BHX-MXP-MAD-MXP-BHX - solely to try out AZ's then brand new EMB-170s on the BHX flight.
SIP-SVO-GYD - almost 20 hours longer than a direct flight, but I got to fly on Il86 and Tu154 equipment instead of a 737.
THF-BRU-BHX - more convenient direct flights available, but I wanted to fly from THF before it shut.

To name but a few, I'm hard pushed to think of a straight forward flight that I've planned. It's only when other people are involved that I'll go direct.

Dan  Smile

...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineBaexecutive From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 784 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7370 times:

I once flew GLA/MAN via ABZ just to get on one of the last BA operated J61 (ATP) flights. I don't mind travelling the long way round just to get on different a/c or airlines that I haven't flown before.

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7355 times:

I go out my way all the time for a variety of reasons; to fly to an airport I haven't been to for a while, to fly an airline/aircraft I haven't been on for a while, or for any other reason known only to airline fanatics. Some examples of itneraries that I flew included (and these were all advertised as one itinerary, I did not have to piece them together)

LGB-PHX-SBP USAirways (flew it last month)
AUS-BHM-ONT Southwest
LAX-TPA-ATL-ICT Northwest/Delta (flew it just last week)
LAX-IAH-CLE-BDL Continental
SAN-DFW-PDX American
LAX-DTW-RSW and SRQ-DTW-LAX Got great first class fares on those on NW
MCI-MKE-LAX Md. Express One of the last free champagne flights, summer of 2001.

The following were booked as separate itineraries:
LAX-FLL-MCO-AUS American/Southwest
LAX-SFO-IAD-MCI Virgin America/United
LAX-ELP-DFW-SCL Southwest and American

There have been many more, but these have been some of my best.

ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 7329 times:

Most recent example for me was changing EWR-MSP to JFK-ATL-MSP just so I could catch a ride on a Delta 777. Was a no-brainer for me.

In January, I'm doing MSP-IAH-LHR, which is way out of the way but being done intentionally for the reason that IAH-LHR is a much longer flight, which allows more time to sleep in my BusinessElite seat.

User currently offlineVhqpa From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 1607 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 7315 times:

I've done this several times

July 2004 Flew BNE-SYD-BNE for no reason other to fly on a 744 and 333

August 2005 Flew BNE-MKY-ROK (surface) BNE for one (third) last 733 flight and to try a Dash 8 and also try the Train back from ROK-BNE

February 2006 Flew BNE-ROK-BNE to be on the inaugural Qlink Q400 flight.

December 2006 Flew BNE-SYD-BNE for a 743 flight

October 2007 Flew BNE-LSY-SYD-ADL to try ZL and a SF3 flight came back ADL-MEL-BNE to spend the day in MEL

April 2008 Flew BNE-GLT-ROK-MKY-BNE for the Qlink Coastal Milk run and fly on a brand new E90

October 2008 Flew BNE-SYD-PER to get a 743 flight only to be subbed to a 763

June 2009 Flew BNE-MKY-ROK-BNE to fly on a QQ F100

August 2009 Flew CBR-SYD-BNE to fly on a E70

August 2009 Flew BNE-TWB to fly on a Skytrans DHC-8-100

September 2009 Flew BNE-TSV-BNE for a spontaneous daytrip

October 2009 Flew BNE-AKL-CHC to fly on a 777 and a 733 rather then just a A320

October 2009 Flew CHC-BHE-WLG just to fly on a Beech 1900D

October 2009 Flew AKL-SYD-BNE to fly LA in J on a 343


"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7292 times:

Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):
If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?

For me, that would come down to how many miles it would cost me for the non-stop versus a multiple stop flight. I've looked at cashing in my miles to fly one-way on a certain route, and in most cases, the one-stop service was cheaper than the non-stop service. The only downsides were that the flight to the city I would connect in left during the 7 AM hour and I would have layover of more than three hours. Then again, that routing was 20,000 miles cheaper than a non-stop flight that would get me to my destination at around the same time.

In the past when I worked in the industry, a number of my flights (especially when I had my DL non-rev privileges) were scheduled around a certain a/c type. I've flown day trips between ATL and PDX solely to fly on the MD-11. I did a similar thing between ATL and MCO twice just to fly on a 777 (The first time I did this was even sweeter, as I flew on the same 777 up to JFK, as at the time, DL was routing a 777 ATL-MCO-JFK-MCO-ATL.).

Now that I'm buying my own tickets, a/c type does play into my decisions. At first, I was hesitant to book a flight on DL because I did not wanted to be crowded on a 767 (I liked the 767s, but back in my non-rev days, I had always sat up in First Class/BusinessElite and was unfamiliar with the coach set up.). I went with FL instead since they were flying smaller a/c on the routes. When I finally did have my first flight in coach on a 767, I liked it because it was not as crowded as I thought it would be. As a result, I try to book my flights on a 767 as much as possible, although for an upcoming trip, the leg I booked got downgraded to a 757.

I've yet to go out of my way to fly a certain airline or a/c type since I started to have to pay my own way. I have looked at other options, but always end up sticking with Delta (or in the past, AirTran). I'd love to give F9 a try, and looked at them for an upcoming trip but ended up sticking with Delta. This was mainly because on the day I'm traveling, they're only operating one ATL-DEN flight, and a 6:15 AM departure was not doable, as my plans for that day required a late-afternoon, early evening flight.

User currently offlineYflyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2007, 1350 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7263 times:

Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):
If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?

I would connect multiple times to get the available flight. I have also flown out of less convenient airports in order to use miles when a flight wasn't available from my home airport or my destination anywhere close to the dates I wanted. I've used OAK/SFO even though my home airport is SMF, and booked a return flight out of AVL even though I was planning on being in the CLT area (although I used that an an excuse to spend a few days of my vacation in Asheville, which was lots of fun.)

User currently offlineChootie From Germany, joined May 2007, 299 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7248 times:

Geeze and I thought I was the only GEEK to do things as mentioned above  cool   cool   cool 

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30076 posts, RR: 59
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7239 times:

Quoting Chootie (Reply 9):
Geeze and I thought I was the only GEEK to do things as mentioned above

+ 1  Smile

I have done day trips for mileage runs and also done a 3 stop flight just to experience new airlines. I wouldnt rule anything out. Id even do LHR-LAX non stop then LAX-JFK if I was only intending to see New York.

User currently offlinePGNCS From United States of America, joined Apr 2007, 3080 posts, RR: 48
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7165 times:

I would always take the nonstop flight unless the departure and/or arrival time didn't work for me. Less time spent in the airplane is more time to do the things I want to do.

User currently offlineJRDC930 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7144 times:

If I had the money to blow on this sort of stuff I'd jump on it in a second. There are many airports and aircraft or certain airlines I'd like to try just for the hell of it. Unfortunately I'm a poor college student  

[Edited 2009-11-24 17:11:09 by srbmod]

User currently offlineDesertFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 539 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7137 times:

I wanted to fly a DC-10 before they went out of scheduled service so I took a trip specifically ride one. NW LAX-MSP-AMS in July 2006 (MSP-AMS being the DC-10-30).

Also in 2006 I had a trip planned to KOA for a family vacation. I made a day trip to HNL just to ride an Aloha 732. I'm really glad I did it now that AQ is gone for good, as well as 732s in the US.

Then in 2008 I knew I would want to hurry and ride a DC-9 while there were still some options with NW. I ended up working it in to an existing trip on AMS-EWR-DTW-PHX (EWR-PHX being the DC-9-30). My girlfriend was pissed about the extra leg on that trip, but it was worth it to sit in the back of a DC-9!

User currently offlinePlaneguy727 From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 1315 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 7101 times:

Because I am very productive with work when on an aircraft I will frequently chose a longer set of flights. For example - I did LGA-PHL-LAX-PHX-DEN and accomplished quite a bit. On the return I did just one stop (DEN-CLT-LGA).

I've also done out of the way routings to get mileage tickets when I didn't have much flexibility in dates. For example PHL-YYZ-FRA-VIE-CAI (the return was CAI-FRA-PHL). That trip also provided my first transatlantic AC, first AC Jazz, and first Austrian flights.

I want to live in an old and converted 727...
User currently offlineDfambro From United States of America, joined Nov 2009, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 7078 times:

I book weird itineraries on domestic transcon overnight flights so I can take UA p.s. planes.

I've got a trip in December that is SAN-LAX-JFK-BOS where I will be in business class on the overnight LAX-JFK leg, a UA p.s. configured 752.

Jetblue flies a SAN-BOS overnight flight but I'll be completely useless the next day at work if I take that plane. I could have done SAN-LAX-BOS in first class on VX but that was twice the price than my UA routing (thanks to the 1K status on UA giving me free upgrades to J class on my Y ticket)

User currently offlineMaverick623 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 6043 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 7060 times:

Being a non-rev, plus wanting to visit new airports, I've had to get rather ... creative with some of my routings.

For example, I wanted to add LCY to my list of airports I've been to. No problem. Figured I'd make a week-long trip out of it....

PHX-SAN-CLT-EWR-BRS, train ride up to LPL to visit some family, LPL-BSL, train to ZRH-LCY-DUB, overnight, DUB-PHL-PHX.

I spent a total of 35 minutes at LCY.

And I also managed to add in 5 other new airports (BRS, LPL, BSL, ZRH, DUB).

EDIT: Make that six.... on the way to Bristol we had to divert to BHX. Oops.

Oh, and managed to snag a new airplane, BAE-146.

[Edited 2009-11-24 16:32:04]

"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
User currently offlineAmmunition From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2002, 1065 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 7031 times:

If flying LON-PAR I would rather fly westbound, that is how far out of the way I would go.
How far have I actually gone, well... having booked flights from STN- KUL and then from KUL-MEL, I took about 14 relatively random flights to get back to England over the summer, just for the sake of flying, seeing airports, experiencing airlines, and of course new places.

Also, earlier this year, I booked a flight to DCA from DUB with routing- DUB-PHL-(Cleaveland)-DCA-LGA-PHL-LHR-DUB on US Airways, and to get the flight from DUB I flew MAN-DUB-MAN. In the end the flight from PHL to Cleaveland was delayed so they put me on a direct to DCA sans baggage, which i was not pleased about, new airport+new type missed.

I think you guys in the states are very lucky with your wacky multi stop, multi transfer flight opportunities, here in Europe, I feel lucky travelling intra Europe with a 1 stop routing, let alone the multi stops over there.

Saint Augustine- 'The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only 1 page'
User currently offlineTLG From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 7008 times:

Quoting PGNCS (Reply 11):
Less time spent in the airplane is more time to do the things I want to do.

For me the thing I want to do is to spend more time in the airplane.


User currently offlineGabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3781 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (6 years 6 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6993 times:

When I was living in Beijing, I routed PEK-SHA-SZX-(train)-HKG-SIN-LHR more than once to fly SQ. The direct flight is 5080 miles, my routing was 9795, so nearly 5000 miles out of my way. I did get to spend a night in Hong Kong though, and fly on the A380! Well worth it over flying Air China!

http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-VLC-LGW-MLE-LGW-SVQ-LGW,STN-ATH-LHR,LGW-OPO-LGW,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
User currently offlineIsitsafenow From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4984 posts, RR: 22
Reply 20, posted (6 years 6 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 6968 times:

Domestic in the USA, you are at mercy of the carriers website that dictates fare.
The most direct route with the least layover is usually a higher fare.
If you see a route geographically out of the way or has a 3- 5 hour wait between planes, that's the ole el-cheapo fare you're looking for. There are exceptions, of course.

If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
User currently offlineTeo747 From United States of America, joined Nov 2006, 140 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

I would go quite a ways out of the way to visit a new airport, or try a new airline or aircraft type. To me, visiting new places and trying out new things is the best part of traveling, and that includes the process of getting there and getting home!

While I don't usually have the money to do overly crazy routings, my best one was probably noticing that when booking a simple GTF-DEN-GTF round trip I could route DEN-SEA-GTF on UA and QX on the way home with a 8-hour layover in SEA for just about the same price as the DEN-GTF nonstop on UA. I chose the SEA routing and during the layover, hopped on a bus and visited the awesome Museum of Flight. I think it's also fun to look at one-way fares vs. round trip fares to see if you can get a better deal and maybe a more interesting routing. I once needed to fly DEN-STL round trip, but found that buying three one-way tickets DEN-PHX, PHX-STL, and STL-DEN was cheaper than the simpler DEN-STL-DEN round trip (on three different airlines, no less - UA, WN, and F9). I was even able to catch a Diamondbacks game in Phoenix to add one more stadium to the list of MLB stadiums I've visited!

User currently offlineWestJetForLife From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 814 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (6 years 6 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 6863 times:

When traveling to the Caribbean, I rarely, if EVER use a Canadian airline (WS or AC), due to the concept of connecting in YYZ. I have made it a personal rule NEVER to fly through YYZ unless absolutely necessary.

So, in most cases, if traveling south of Miami or Dallas, I will ALWAYS fly AA to wherever I am going, even if it means 3 hours in a *sigh* MD-80. Beats 5 hours on Air Canada!


I need a drink.
User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3215 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (6 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6733 times:

May 2003 Flew MEL-SYD via ABX for the Rex SAAB 340 on both legs

Jan 2004 Flew AKL-WLG-CHC for the Qantas NZ 733 and ATR 72 on Origin Pacific

Oct 2007 Flew CNS-ISA-TSV for the Macair SAAB 340/ATR42.

April 2008 Flew HTI-CNS-TSV-MKY-ROK-BNE for the Qantas Link milk run on the Dash 8-300/Dash 8-400.

Nov 2008 Flew BNE-CNS-KIX-HEL-LHR (KIX-HEL) just for the MD11.

May 2009 Flew AKL-CHC-AKL on Qantas NZ just for the fun of it; didn't leave the airport.

May 2009 Flew AKL-SYD-BNE for the EK A380 on the SYD-AKL leg.

June 2009 Flew BNE-MKY-ROK-BNE to fly on a QQ F100 on the BNE-MKY run.

Oct 2009 Flew SYD-PPQ-CFS-BNE on a combined QF Link Brindabella Airlines J32.

There are others.

Coming up.

December 2009 Flying AKL-SYD-BNE to fly LA in J on a 343

Quoting Chootie (Reply 9):
Geeze and I thought I was the only GEEK to do things as mentioned above cool cool cool

Definitely not; you are amongst friends here.  Silly

Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineTraveler From Canada, joined Jul 2001, 241 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (6 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 6686 times:

Hello guys,

I am flying AA to MEXico CITY for Xmas.

Here is my route just to try the AA Embraer 135


I have not flown the Embraer 135 yet


25 Andaman : I spent the October in Thailand and Malaysia, instead of simply booking HEL-BKK-HEL I chose to fly HEL-BRU-AUH-BKK-KUL-BKK-CNX-HKT-SIN-NRT-HEL.... I w
26 RJLover : I've been prepared to fly YEG-YYC-YMM-YYZ-YVR-YYJ, with the YMM-YYZ flight being a redeye, due to IRROPS in YEG. If I wasn't able to make it on the la
27 JHCRJ700 : Even though BA has a direct flight from Baltimore to Heathrow I choose to fly Continental and connect in Newark to fly a 777. I'm also flying from Hea
28 Copter808 : Although it has nothing to do with a particular aircraft type, I have flown MNL-BKK with the following routing: MNL-NRT-EWR-(either DEL or BOM, don't
29 CXB77L : Well, the only "out of the way" flight, if it can be even called that, is settling for the 0100/0200 departures for CX888/CX889, just to ride on the 7
30 CGKings317 : I will be going to the University of Ottawa for graduate school in January. Being from PDX, I chose to fly AC to get the B763 on the YVR-YYZ segment o
31 Superfly : I've flown to Havana, Cuba to get the Cubana IL-62 from Cancun. I've flown to Cancun to get a Mexicana 727. I've flown to Bangkok, Thailand to get the
32 Atrude777 : I wanted to fly the 767-200 on AA in J class JFK-LAX. I use STL as my departure city. Problem? AA doesn't serve STL-JFK :-P So my STL-LAX became STL-B
33 NZ107 : Air New Zealand's Grabaseat gave me the first taste of "just flying for fun" syndrome.. 08 AKL-ZQN-AKL for a few hours in ZQN just to re-experience a
34 LTU932 : Well, for my flight to HAM, I could have taken this one-stop flight: CO 1797 SJO-EWR, CO 74 EWR-HAM However, since I started planning this, I wanted t
35 Ryan h : I have done a few of those sort of trips. Adelaide Kingscote twice (Beech 1900C and SAAB 340) Adelaide Olympic Dam Fokker 50 And next year I plan on f
36 Lxmd11 : If I had the money or the chance i would fly EWR-BOS EWR - ATL - JNB - DXB - AUH - GVA - ZRH - BOS
37 B777LRF : Once, on business, had to fly POS=SXM. On my chosen day of travel, there were two options: The direct on a 737 thing or the island hopping job on -8.
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