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Ever Had A Short Flight Between 2 Long Flights?  
User currently offlineBirdwatching From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 3863 posts, RR: 51
Posted (2 years 7 months 14 hours ago) and read 4879 times:

I booked a flight recently and I realized that in the almost 1000 flights in my life, I never had an itinerary like this one: A long, 9 hour flight, then a short 1 hour flight to connect to another long, almost 11 hour flight. In all the multi segment flights I've done in my life, it was always long flight(s) followed or preceded by short flights, but never a short flight sandwiched between two very long flights.

Im my case, I'm flying from Miami to Bangkok on a UA mileage award, and the way it came up was transatlantic MIA-DUS on Lufthansa, then a short DUS-FRA hop on LH, then FRA-BKK on Thai's new A380.

I suspect that this is a typical phenomenon of a mileage award that I never would have gotten if I had booked a regular ticket for money.

Have you ever had an itinerary like this?


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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 924 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (2 years 7 months 13 hours ago) and read 4862 times:

Back in April I flew Keflavik-Toronto (6hrs) to connect to Toronto-Houston (2.5hrs) continuing to Lima (6.5hrs). Not as extreme as 9hrs - 1hrs - 11hrs though! I also had DXB-CDG-LHR-KEF on EK/AF/FI which was 8hrs-0.5hrs-3hrs.

Another example I have, also not so extreme as yours, is when I flew KEF-BOS (5.5hrs) to connect to BOS-JFK (0.5hrs) and on to Sarasota (3hrs). As I said, not so extreme, but the difference is still big when looked at in context.

cheers, Sveinn  

Flights flown: 289 - Airlines: 41 - Airports: 66 - Next flights: RKV-AEY-RKV, KEF-EWR-MCO, SRQ-LGA, JFK-KEF
User currently offlineHOONS90 From Canada, joined Aug 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (2 years 7 months 12 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

YYZ-LHR on BA - 7h
LHR-HEL on AY - 3h
HEL-ICN on AY - 9h

The biggest mistake made by most human beings: Listening to only half, understanding just a quarter and telling double.
User currently offlineCoal From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 2172 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (2 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 4800 times:

A friend of mine just did HKG - MUC followed by MUC - FRA and then FRA - BOG. It was on a group ticket, so I imagine it was a cheaper option than HKG-FRA-BOG.


User currently offlinedeaphen From India, joined Jul 2005, 1429 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 4789 times:

Next week me and my wife fly:

1. DEL - AMS
2. AMS - CDG
3. CDG - JFK


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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3103 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 4751 times:

Don't know if it counts completely.

PER-HKT (6.5H) HKT-BKK (50m) BKK-OSL (11.5h)

So, that is long, short, long. However, PER-HKT-BKK was really one flight with a stop in HKT. But, still, it was long, short, long, with security controls, and airport waits at each stop.


From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2598 posts, RR: 29
Reply 6, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4557 times:

Hi Soren,

I did a similar thing recently when returning from the DC-8 trip in California.

SFO-MUC // LH A346
TXL-AUH // AB A332

This was only because UA to FRA & LHR were full, as ever, and I was able to book ZED e-tickets on AB to get me home from MUC!

User currently offlineAvianca From Venezuela, joined Jan 2005, 5937 posts, RR: 40
Reply 7, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 4552 times:

its quite often offered on LH from SouthAmerica to BKK, SIN etc... SouthAmerica into FRA connecting to MUC and than goes on to Asia.

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User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1425 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4486 times:

Keep in mind that you will need to enter Schengen, in case you need a visa you will be denied boarding.

User currently offlineairtrainer From Belgium, joined Aug 2003, 1561 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4439 times:

Not as extreme as some of the routings above, but I did LAS-YYZ-YUL-BRU a few days ago...

Life is short : eat dessert first !
User currently offlineBeakerLTN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 304 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks ago) and read 4192 times:

Quoting CXfirst (Reply 5):
Don't know if it counts completely.

PER-HKT (6.5H) HKT-BKK (50m) BKK-OSL (11.5h)

Wow, I looked up that flight wondering who did it, and it's Virgin Australia, on a 737-800 - 6h48m.. With the exception of Privatair's business setup that's surely gotta be one of the longest 738 journeys?!

User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3103 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

Quoting BeakerLTN (Reply 10):
Wow, I looked up that flight wondering who did it, and it's Virgin Australia, on a 737-800

No, I was on Thai Airways on an A330-300. 2 days a week they fly to BKK via HKT from PER. Back then, they did it more often (think 4 times a week, but unsure).

So, thankfully, TG A330 is quite a comfortable plane, in contrast to a 737-800.


From Norway, live in Australia
User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6376 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 4177 times:

Back in college, I wanted to get back to Namibia to see some friends on the cheap. The best I could find was ORD-MUC-FRA-WDH. That middle (short) flight is kind of a tease - you think you're done after an overnight flight and a short hop, and then...another overnight flight. I didn't enjoy it too much.

User currently offlineblueflyer From Northern Mariana Islands, joined Jan 2006, 4295 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4176 times:
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I've done it occasionally, but it's rarely entirely voluntary. The latest example was YUL-BRU-ZRH-NBO because the BRU-NBO flight I was scheduled on was so severely delayed that an extra hop to ZRH was more than justified.

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User currently offlinecedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8283 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (2 years 6 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 4073 times:

Hey there Soren.

Interesting premise. And yup, I have one coming up. In December, I am flying from Rome to Paris. For reasons best kept to myself, I am flying:

FCO-NRT AZ 777-200 11h
NRT-ICN KE 747-400 1h30
ICN-CDG KE 747-400 11h

That's with 90 minutes each at NRT and ICN. Will be tiring but very awesome. Let's see how I get on.

Btw MH until recently flew to S America with a pattern like the one you describe, KUL-JNB-CPT-GRU. I think if one wasn't a keen enthusiast, the JNB-CPT sector would have been completely maddening. And redundant, can't people get their own domestic flights while the rest of us have an ocean to cross? Well the route doesn't exist anymore anyway.

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