Birdwatching From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 3587 posts, RR: 52 Posted (10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3100 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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SRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 704 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (10 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3083 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.
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?!
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6105 posts, RR: 10 Reply 12, posted (10 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2398 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.
blueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3160 posts, RR: 1 Reply 13, posted (10 months 1 week 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 2397 times:
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.
cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 7724 posts, RR: 55 Reply 14, posted (10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2294 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.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz