Codasco From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 16322 times:
I've never flown on a 747, so I'd like to try to this summer. Anybody have any suggestions for getting on a 747 as cheaply as possible (doesn't have to be both ways, just one). I would be leaving out of STL (sure would be easy if TW was still around).
I would check the UA schedules, sometimes they fly 744s between IAD-ORD-DEN-LAX/SFO, the interhub routes, and maybe you can find a cheap seat on flying say STL-ORD-IAD with ORD-IAD being a 744, you would have to work the schedules and see what you come up with.
Dont think I am crazy, but BA flies many 744 to the US, and sometimes there are amazing cheap deals to London (but not during the summer)...maybe that is an alternative.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26795 posts, RR: 75
Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16177 times:
Quoting Codasco (Reply 2): I guess domestic will be the cheapest, unless BA, LH, or even NW (a 742 would be cool) have a realy good deal.
NW only routes 742s through LAX, HNL and Asia, so you are pretty out of luck there unless you want to go to Japan. BA is probably your best bet as they often offer cheap 2-3 day getaways to London, including hotel, starting at about $300-$350 RT from NYC. They would likely route you on AA from STL to either ORD or JFK, but you would still get a deal. Plus, you would get to see London. UA also offers frequent deals over their E-Fares e-mails. Get on the list and you will likely find something
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My personal advice is to just save-up and then ticket a trip you would want to take anyway, even if the 747 got cancelled. Specific aircraft types can change at a moment's notice, and then what would you do?
I have been on several trips involving various 747's, but all were on intl. service inter/intra Asia, the cheapest of which was around $700. Trips to Europe can be under $350 round-trip, but not during the summer high season.
Jacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16066 times:
Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 1): I would check the UA schedules, sometimes they fly 744s between IAD-ORD-DEN-LAX/SFO,
thats right, check www.oribtz.com for flights to/from SFO-ORD...many times you will be able to find a 747 in one direction and a 777 another direction and fares are pretty cheap too....can't beat that!
FutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2608 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (9 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 15779 times:
Quoting Jorge1812 (Reply 7): If you will be in Europe try the MAD-TFN-MAD flight with Iberia. They use the A 340-600, A 340-300, B 747-300 and B 747-400 very frequently. Fare is around 100 Euro for return ticket in economy,
Im sure its a great deal but what about the $$$ he would spend getting to Spain?
You want to spend alot of money and fly all the way to LHR just to fly a 747?? Man o man. 747's will be around for a very very long time. Why not save up and plan a long trip to a foreign destination and then try and get onto a 747? Dude , flying all the way to the UK is ,IMO, a waste of time just to fly a specific aircraft.
ZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1052 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (9 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 15604 times:
Air NZ has incredibly cheap deals from LAX and SFO to AKL (I think around $660 return). They use 744s. But then, you gotta get to LAX or SFO as well...maybe WN or so?
Try www.site59.com for short trips - they have great deals for Europe, and some might be with 747s!
I agree that BA is certainly one of the best bets - and LHR is great! And you can go and visit Duxford as well - a MUST for every aviation fan. I missed it last time, and I could kill myself for it
LH uses the 744 on selected routes as well - they might have good deals. My brother is coming over (FRA-YYZ) today, and I was surprised that he'll be on a 744 - I thought LH switched the majority of transatlantic routes to A340...
Keep looking around - even in high season you might get a good deal! What is your time frame anyway?