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Anyone Fly R/T For The Day For Fun?  
User currently offlineAA777 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 2560 posts, RR: 25
Posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6282 times:


We all know of people who have gone from DCA-JFK for a meeting in NYC. Same like LHR-AMS or CDG. Have any of you done day trips (Round trip!) for FUN? and if so, what routes? and Who has flown the longest route for fun? I want to try to find cheap fares from WAS to ?(Anywhere) for the same day, or one day after, just to fly for fun. Its kind of wasteful, but ive saved the money and hey, the airlines need the business anyhow.... PLUS, I am an Enthusiast!  Wink If you know of a website that is good for these types of flights plz let me know! Thanks


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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 9027 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6272 times:

Did GSO-SFO for the heck of it earlier this month. Was on an 0550 departure to CLT, with an 0825 connection to SFO, getting me in around 1045. Went into the city for about an hour, came back to the airport, and was on a 1400 departure to CLT, getting me into GSO at about 2345 that night. Came out to be 4758 miles flown in one day. Of course, the next day, I flew GSO-MCO-CVG-MHT for another 2032 miles (I could have flown the non-stop from GSO to BOS, which was only 645 miles...).


User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6254 times:

I’ve gone more places for lunch than you can count on both hands – well, feet, too – for no purpose other than I got a good deal and/or I want to see that place.

Quoting AA777 (Thread starter):
If you know of a website that is good for these types of flights plz let me know!




User currently offlineORD777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 258 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6252 times:

I was bored one weekend so I flew out on UA940 ORD-FRA, went to the observation deck for about three hours and took LH 432 FRA-ORD back. I was gone less than 24 hours. I was lucky enough to get business class on both flights, so it was a fun trip - but I was definitely tired when I finally got home.

User currently offlineBohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2884 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6250 times:

Quoting AA777 (Thread starter):
If you know of a website that is good for these types of flights plz let me know! Thanks

Try flyi.com

User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19394 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6249 times:

When I worked at USAirways in Ithaca NY I'd go to NYC for lunch or dinner all the time. NOT a good benefit to have when you should be studying for school but friggin' awesome nonetheless.

E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offlineJcavinato From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6237 times:

When I worked for United at National Airport, and single, I would take dates up to New York for dinner on Friday or Saturday nights. Have them back in their dorms by the 1:00 am curfews. Kicks.

User currently offlineVinceYUL From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 13 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6234 times:

Done YUL-YYZ a few times fo rthe heck of it... Drives the wife crazy! In fact I'm looking for a "Day" trip within the next few weeks. Maybe YUL-DCA? Time to start shopping for prices!


User currently offlineAirknight From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6224 times:

back in the 80's eastern ran a PVD-BDL, flight continued to atlanta or florida, can't remember, so one saturday my local town's rec program ran a day trip to hartford to visit the air museum and the mark twain house for something like $15 for everything. flew out 9am or so and was back by sundown

User currently offlineFlyer732 From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1395 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6205 times:

I did ATL-LGA, JFK-ZRH-JFK-ATL in about 24 hours a few years ago, walked off the aircraft, recleared security and checked in at the gate...50 mins later I was back on the same plane, 4 rows up from where I had been on the way over.

User currently offlineFlyingTexan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

Quoting AA777 (Thread starter):
for FUN? and if so, what routes?

To the original question…

SAN-PHX-ELP-HOU/ground transfer/IAH-LGA-PWM in one day.

Back in 1997 – that was a blast – toes in the Pacific Ocean one night, toes in the Atlantic the next…

User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6175 times:

Back when I was with QH and the original PA, I did many day trips - MIA-TPA, MIA-SFO, MIA-SEA, MIA-DCA, etc. Sometimes I took along a non-airline date for dinner in SFO - Always boggled their minds when I picked them up at 0600 for a "dinner" date, but once they figured it out, they absolutely LOVED the concept.

MxCtrlr  bouncy 

DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineMaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 19394 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6157 times:

My coworkers also keep tossing around the idea city of the month lunch club where we'd go one Friday a month to some city in our network for lunch and back. Hasn't happened yet though...

E pur si muove -Galileo
User currently offline10MID From Singapore, joined Aug 2004, 198 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6148 times:


User currently offlineSnoopy From Switzerland, joined Oct 2001, 370 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (11 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 6142 times:

Flew MNL-HKG-MNL in one day last month on CX. Had to do some shopping  Smile

User currently offlineQqflyboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 2342 posts, RR: 13
Reply 15, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6113 times:

When I first started working for Reno Air as a customer service agent I whisked my mom off on a day trip to Las Vegas. After seeing it was so easy, it became a regular for me. My wife (then girlfriend) and I flew to Portland one day to enjoy sales tax free shopping. I took a friend to Seattle for her birthday and another to Las Vegas. In fact, when I turned 21, I celebrated by taking my mom, dad, brother, his girlfriend and mine on a day trip to Seattle. I had my first legal drink on the plane, then followed it up with one at SEATAC.

I did temporary duty in Detroit and while there I took a day trip to New York City and another to Chicago. The day trip idea has lost its luster a little now, but I still manage to get one in there every so often, visiting friends in St. Louis and San Jose on occasion. Nonetheless, it's still great to know I can do it. And that's what makes this job so infectious! Sometimes working in the airline industry is like a disease, it brings you down some days but you just can't get rid of it! Once it's in your blood, it will last forever.

The views expressed are mine alone and do not necessarily reflect my employer’s views.
User currently offlineOldeuropean From Germany, joined May 2005, 2091 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6108 times:

As I was a boy of 12, I flew CGN - FRA with a friend of mine. (LH B727-230)


Wer nichts weiss muss alles glauben
User currently offlineHT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6526 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6103 times:

Sorrry, my daytrips for pleasure seem to be rather dull compared to some other posts ...
In the U.S.:

  • TUS - PHX - LAS - SLC - LAS - PHX - TUS on HP and DL
  • TUS - SAN (WN) - LAX - TUS [UA] in the morning and then TUS - PHX - ABQ (HP) - TUS (DL) in the evening
  • LAS - SFO, then rental car oneway via Point Reyes and Lake Tahoe to Reno, RNO - LAS
  • TUS - PHX - ONT, then rental car to Planes of Fame Museum in Chino, continued to Palm Springs and through the hills down to San Diego, flight home SAN - LAS - TUS
  • LAS - SAN - TUS - LAS on WN and HP
  • LAS - PHX (WN), rental car, TUS - LAS (HP)
  • DAY - DTW - MDW - DTW - DAY on NW using 4 different a/c-types; visited Sears Tower
  • MCO - DCA - MCO on US (was freezing cold that day in D.C. and I had only a light jacket)
  • MCO - PNS - MCO on DL Connection - went to see the National Museum of Naval Aviation
  • TPA - RSW - MIA (CO) - TPA (AA): On sector TPA - RSW I was the only pax in that B1900D.

in Europe:
Daytrips for pleasure from HAJ to FRA, MUC, DUS, VIE, ZRH, LHR, LGW, PMI, AGP, BIO (some of those with connections) and recently KTW.
On business: from HAJ to AMS and CDG.

Already booked for this July:

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 !
User currently offlineFlapsDown20 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 23 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6090 times:

YX MCI-MKE-FLL-MKE-LGA-MKE-MCI, a true joyride, actually spent 15 minutes in the gift shop at LGA to prove I had done it and the trip was entirely free. Out at 0550 in at 2305.

User currently offlineAa777jr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6088 times:

I had a chance to fly with my buddy on AA as a D3 from ORD-CDG-ORD and crash in his hotel with him for the night and fly home. I just couldn't justify spending the money to fly to Europe for the day. I would want to spend as much time as possible. Maybe in the future if vacation allows.


User currently offlineDarrell From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 6068 times:

I flew on an Eastern Airlines L-1011 between PDX and SEA just for fun. I think I spent something like $55.00 round trip. Had lunch in the Seattle airport and returned a few hours later. I've also flown many times between Anchorage - Cordova, Cordova - Yakutat, Petersburg - Wrangell, Juneau - Gustavus, and Juneau - Ketchikan...all on Alaska Airlines, and all just for fun.

those who have no vices have very few virtues
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 6063 times:

I'm trying to make it a goal to do at least one pointless day trip by air a year...

PHL-PIT-PHL in 2001 on a US A320 and MD-80...family member needed some miles and the fare was cheap so I tagged along...last time I was on a US MD-80 before they were retired...

PHL-PIT-PHL in 2002 on a US A330 and FL 717 (first A330 flight, first FL flight, and first 717 flight)

FLL-JFK-FLL in 2003 on a B6 A320 (first B6 flight, first Song flight, first visit to JFK by air, first and only time I saw the Concorde in service)

DEN-MSP-DEN in 2004 on an F9 A319 and 733...first and only F9 733 flight, first visit to Minnesota...spent the day at the famous Mall of America...

Where will my 2005 trip bring me? I have no clue!


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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4706 posts, RR: 39
Reply 22, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 6051 times:

I have to admit that I also enjoy partaking in this geeky hobby. Big grin

Just to give you some examples of my typical voyages, this year has already seen the following daytrips:


Already scheduled are these daytrips:


Most of these trips cost less than 60 Euro/return, so it is even an inexpensive hobby.  Smile

Homer: Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!
User currently offlineA340Spotter From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 1989 posts, RR: 21
Reply 23, posted (11 years 4 days ago) and read 6049 times:

Longest one:

BFI-PIE-ATL-EWR-OSL-CPH-ORD-SEA...51hrs straight, 35 of it in the air...
The SK folks in EWR were dumbfounded by checking in for ORD via OSL (then GEN)-CPH!

Doing IAH-BNA-IAH today in fact for the heck of it...in search of FDX ATRs...


"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (11 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 6010 times:

I have a day trip booked in july....



Got a great fare, and I'll also get a 732 and a 763 on DL.

Loooking forward to it.

"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
25 ACDC8 : The only day trips I've done were YLW-YVR and AMS-LGW. However I really want to do a RTW in one weekend, YVR-FRA-HKG-YVR as an example.
26 777ER : Yes I have, heaps of fun also
27 JGPH1A : Done a few day trips for fun (sometimes the were overnight, but that counts !) 28-Oct-88 SA 286 SAA B747-200 ZS-SAM JNB MRU 29-Oct-88 SA 287 SAA B747-
28 Post contains images Cornish : Its a wonder you ever get any work done JGP ....
29 PHLBOS : Saturday day-trips (all personal): 2002 PHL-PIT-PHL on FL 2003 PHL-BOS-PHL on FL 2004 PHL-BOS-PHL on FL PHL-PVD-PHL on WN (to attend niece's birthday
30 Sabena332 : Sure, I made a lot of daytrips just for fun (and for the miles), the craziest was probably a trip to New York with Singapore Airlines, I arrived at JF
31 Fbgdavidson : I've done numerous daytrips, mianly over the summer but it is fun to get some sun in November. Been to Berlin twice and Malaga three times, other plac
32 Misbeehavin : I do them all the time and they're great fun. I end up averaging at least one lunch trip a month. To Miami (friends) or New York (to go to my favorite
33 MANmatt : I usually do spotting day trips all over europe. Some of the ones ive done include: *MAN-DUB-MAN on FR (732) *STN-MUC-STN on EZY (733) *MAN-LHR-MAN on
35 Post contains images BRAVO7E7 : Of course, if you considfer mileage runs fun. TPA-DEN-SNA-LAX-SFO-PDX-ORD-TPA and today I am doing TPA-ORD-SEA-ORD-TPA. I will be back early tomorrow
36 Navairjax : I've done a couple of JAX-FLL-JAX (WN) I have a JAX-BWI-JAX (WN) and a SAN-SJC-SAN (AA) coming up in July, both being for baseball games in the aftern
37 Post contains images MH017 : Sure, did these routes a few years back: AMS-BRU F27 HN BRU-DUB F50 EI DUB-IOM SH360 ?? IOM-LHR ATP ?? LHR-AMS 733 BD and AMS-SVG F100 KL SVG-BGO 732
38 Post contains links and images FemaleFan : Last Sunday I was flying VIE-SXF-VIE just because the flight was operated by a Syrian Air 727, which I had not flown on yet: View Large View MediumPho
39 UAalltheway : Sometimes I might go JAX to ATL or sometimes even JAX to LAX.
40 EZYAirbus : Sadly will be a 737-700 what date you flying? if you working ill sort out a pre-board for you if im working Glenn
41 Post contains images JGPH1A : They don't pay me enough for actual work ! Only just enough to get me to turn up
42 Post contains images ORFflyer : Back in 1983/84, Peoples Express and Piedmont Airlines were having price wars. ORF-EWR was $19.00USD one-way on Peoples, and $23.00USD on Piedmont. At
43 MANmatt : Hey Glenn, thanks for the info. Hasn't LTN got any 319s yet? Cant see many photo's off them in LTN yet. I should be flying out and back on the 14th of
44 Lamedianaranja : I take the kids and a friend of theirs non-rev AMS-LHR or AMS-CDG for the day every once in a while. Did this May 3, a beautiful spring day in Paris,
45 ZKEOJ : Here are my same-day-return trips. There is a whole bunch of - and 2-nights trips as well... 30/11/1988 Cologne CGN Frankfurt FRA Lufthansa LH A 300 3
46 PIT757 : I just did PIT-MDW-PIT on May 7th with Southwest. $29.00 each way. Left PIT about 2:40pm and arrived at MDW about 3:15pm. Had a bite to eat, walked ar
47 EurofleetLHR : Wackiest one I've ever done is LHR-NRT & back on the same aircraft ! I got a whole 2hrs at Narita airport, half of which spent was queuing at Immigrat
49 Bridogger6 : Haven't done one in awhile but thinking of doing PHX-ANC-PHX tonight
50 AirWest : DTW-MDT-DTW and MSP-GTF-FCA-GTF-MSP only because my dad was flying those trips.
51 AzoresLover : Just did this on May 11, taking a friend who had never flown before, to MDW from PIT on WN. I used take one-day trips very often, with Atlanta and Bos
52 Kmh1956 : Much as I would dearly LOVE to do a day trip or two on a weekend, you simply cannot get a round trip fare out of Bermuda for less than $500. For a day
53 Post contains images 1MillionFlyer : las-phx for lunch and back cmh-bos and back for lunch las-sna for dinner and back cmh-mdw for lunch ams-lhr about 15 times for day trips (in 2001 when
54 Post contains images TGBoi : HKG-BKK-HKG : One-day sale in Bangkok HKG-BKK-HKG : Just for authentic Thai food. HKG-TPE-HKG : Food... again HKG-SIN-HKG : Mileage run on CX, flew th
55 Bridogger6 : Just did PHX-LAS-DTW-PHX.. took the red-eye last night, go back this morning.
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