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Most Frivolous/ridiculous Trip You've Done.  
User currently offlineMeerkat From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2005, 81 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 4400 times:

Two for me:

1. HKG-LHR-HKG to watch England play rugby at Twickenham. Dep Fri night after work, arrive LHR about 6am. Watched the match then got the 8pm flight back to HKG to arrive Sun afternoon ready for work on the Mon. Time on the ground about 14 hours; time in the air about 24. Check-in staff in HKG couldn't stop giggling as they gave me the boarding passes for both legs. Priceless as England beat France! Big grin

2. HKG-BKK-HKG-SFO-ORD-ANC-DFW-LAX-MIA-LHR-AGP-LHR-DXB-LHR-HKG-BKK-HKG for a mate's wedding in Spain. One night stops in SFO, ANC and MIA, and two nights for the wedding in AGP. Used an AONE3 ticket to bump up the miles ( oneworld F class RTW). Great fun chatting with the FAs who all thought I was bonkers...

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User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4395 times:

Quoting Meerkat (Thread starter):
2. HKG-BKK-HKG-SFO-ORD-ANC-DFW-LAX-MIA-LHR-AGP-LHR-DXB-LHR-HKG-BKK-HKG for a mate's wedding in Spain. One night stops in SFO, ANC and MIA, and two nights for the wedding in AGP. Used an AONE3 ticket to bump up the miles ( oneworld F class RTW). Great fun chatting with the FAs who all thought I was bonkers...

I think you are bonkers too :p. Why would you go from SFO-ORD-ANC-DFW-LAX-MIA? Just for MR sake, or something else?


User currently offlineMeerkat From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2005, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4393 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 1):
I think you are bonkers too :p. Why would you go from SFO-ORD-ANC-DFW-LAX-MIA? Just for MR sake, or something else?

Basically MR. When I looked at flying to Spain for the wedding, a J ticket would have been about $45k. Someone mentioned that I could fly F round the world for about the same price (if I bought it in BKK), so I started looking into it and then it just became a challenge to maximise points. Not something I'd do regularly (was supposed to do another one last month, but couldn't fit it in), but was an experience!


User currently offlineAndz From South Africa, joined Feb 2004, 8453 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4380 times:
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JNB-SID-ATL-CLT-PGV-CLT-EWR...JFK-JNB for a 3 hour meeting in Greenville, NC. Left JNB on Tuesday night and back in JNB Friday afternoon!


After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
User currently offlineCrox1 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 305 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 4375 times:
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Hi,

My most Frivolous trip is nothing like you guy's experiences.

My most Frivolous is returning from San Francisco to London City, flying NWA/KLM via MSP and AMS, just to fly KLM Fokker 50 and to spot at MSP. I could have flown SFO-MSP-LGW for the same money, but, why take the easier road; when the longer road is more scenic.

Didn't work out tho, flight from SFO-MSP was delayed, so would have meant missing connection in MSP; ended up flying SFO-AMS on KLM Md11, then spending 3 hrs in AMS spotting, then collecting the F50 to my "flied on list"

Andy



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User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4370 times:

LHR-JFK then immediately JFK-HKG, spent a few hours at HKG then straight back HKG-LHR.

About 36 hours in the air, 12 in Hong Kong.

Did it to take a Cathay Pacific polar test flight - was the first scheduled flight to land at HKG after it opened.  


*Edited to add: London-Poznan to pick up my brother-in-law, spent 17 minutes in Poland before hopping on the return leg.



[Edited 2005-12-04 10:15:22]

User currently offlineLeskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 70
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 4360 times:

Flew FRA-HKG on CX on Friday noon, arrived in HKG (still Kai Tak back then) on Saturday morning and left for home on Sunday evening.

Then again, the sunday-morning flight FRA-JFK on SQ only to return on the same plane that same day wasn't bad either...

One of my more fun routings was a flight from HAJ to SFO, with the routing being HAJ-CPH-EWR-IAD-ORD-MSP-DEN-SEA-PDX-SFO, with the return flight SFO-DEN-ORD-MIA-FRA-HAJ (rather boring compared to the outbound leg  Wink).

Regards,
Frank



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User currently offlineCosec59 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 4356 times:

LHR-IAD-ATL-ORD-LHR.
Left midday Saturday. Landed early morning Monday.
No reason for it other than i wanted to fly


User currently offlineCxsjr From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4331 times:

I'll do as much as I can to fly M11's - flew MAN-CDG-HEL-BKK-HKT just to fly HEL-BKK and back on AY M11's when I could've flown direct from LGW-HKT for 60% of the cost!!

User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4322 times:

In my work as a Paralegal for law firms in NY City for many years, I have had to make same-day airline trips to serve or file documents. Usually this was due to problems when the air courier service screwed up, delays by the clients in their work, items due on short notice, where the attorney didn't want to trust the filing with FedEx (usually where a large filing fee check involved) or where the sooner filed the better. My same day trips have included LGA-DCA-LGA numerous times, EWR-PBI-EWR (down on Eastern, back on TWA, in the early 1980's), and the best with JFK-SFO-JFK.

User currently offlineVio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1424 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4318 times:

I just started flying for "free"...

So I decided to go party one night with my friends in Windsor, Ontario.

I flew on YYC - YWG - YXU, then drove to Windsor, got drunk, then next day I was drove to YHM to fly back to YYC.  Smile (About 5000km altogether, so I can party with my friends)

Crazy....



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User currently offlineMarshalN From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2005, 1521 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4306 times:

Quoting Backfire (Reply 5):
Did it to take a Cathay Pacific polar test flight - was the first scheduled flight to land at HKG after it opened.

Wow, you were on that flight?? I had a friend who was interning at HKG at the time and they all lined up along the runway and what not, waiting for the plane to land. The rest of the day didn't go so well though  Smile


User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4298 times:
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Quoting Meerkat (Thread starter):
Meerkat



Quoting Andz (Reply 3):
Andz



Quoting Crox1 (Reply 4):
Crox1



Quoting Backfire (Reply 5):
Backfire



Quoting Leskova (Reply 6):
Leskova



Quoting Cosec59 (Reply 7):
LHR-IAD-ATL-ORD-LHR.
Left midday Saturday. Landed early morning Monday.
No reason for it other than i wanted to fly



Quoting Cxsjr (Reply 8):
Cxsjr



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 9):
LTBEWR



Quoting Vio (Reply 10):
Vio

We Love To Fly And It Shows! (pun very much intented)

I booked a flight from SDF-FLL-JFK. I could have had a direct nonstop flight to JFK, but I wanted to go on a 757. But the ERJ going to FLL was busted so I ended up on the direct flight anyway.

-Jeffry-



C'mon Big B, FLY!
User currently offlineEuclid From South Africa, joined Apr 2005, 373 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 4286 times:

Wow, great stories everyone!

My story is a bit pale in comparison, but at least you guys all knew beforehand that you were going to fly. I did not.

My dad is a truck salesman, and he sometimes needs to deliver or fetch trucks from some rather distant locations.

This all happened a few years ago while I was still an apprentice earthmoving mechanic. A good friend of mine from work came through to Pretoria to visit his girlfriend on this specific Friday night and then slept over at our house. My dad woke me up early Saturday morning with the news that I was going to Durban to go get a truck for him. I thought he was joking and rather politely told him to bugger off and let me sleep. Turns out he was serious.

So, with no ticket and no seat booked on any airline, armed only with his credit card and then being told that the person who would be meeting me would be driving a green Camry and what his name was, he then instructed me to get my ass on a plane to Durban and asked my friend to drop me off at JNB International.

There I managed to get a seat on a Comair flight to Durban with minutes to spare. Back then they still operated as Comair and not as British Airways. The flight was on a 727 and breakfast was served, even though it is only a 45 minute flight.

Anyway, in Durban, I went out of the terminal building and saw a green Camry parked a little way down the row of cars parked there. I went up to it and asked the driver if he was by any chance the person I was looking for. Turns out he was.

He then took me to the dealership he worked for and I then spent the rest of the day driving a truck back to Sandton, where my dad worked. He then met me there and took me home. What a way to spend a Saturday, especially with no advance warning.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4283 times:

Quoting Leskova (Reply 6):
Then again, the sunday-morning flight FRA-JFK on SQ only to return on the same plane that same day wasn't bad either...

My girlfriend, two friends and myself made the same trip. We departed FRA at 8:30 AM, arrived at JFK at 11:30 AM, went to Manhattan for shopping and sightseeing and took the 9:00 PM flight back to FRA where we arrived at 10 AM or so on the next day. It was real fun to do a daytrip to the USA.

Patrick


User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4279 times:

LAX-PHX-MKE-EWR // JFK-AMS
Domestic flights with HP, JFK-AMS with SQ.

I left LAX Sept. 25th and arrived in AMS Sept.27th.....but it was cheap...

Had to wait 10 hrs at JFK...no fun...

[Edited 2005-12-04 20:56:12]

User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4273 times:

myself and three friends did LHR-JFK-LHR for a burger and slice of NY cheesecake  Wink
departed LHR at 9.30, landed at JFK at 12.10 local time, was in manhatten by 14:00 found a deli in times square, forget which one, had a funny name! ordered our burgers and cheesecake, checked out the empire state building. got back to JFK for 17:00 and departed for LHR at about 18:00 and landed at LHR at about 7 the following mornig.....was an excellent trip!
Next time, we're going to shanghai for a chinese!  Smile


User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1690 posts, RR: 30
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 4267 times:

AMS-STN v.v. via TXL !!! (just to get my double Top-Bonus Air-Berlin miles: 8000 in total and you need 15000 for a free flight !!!)

It was nice, though, to see Amsterdam and Schiphol airport both times while passing at 30000+ feet both on the TXL-STN and STN-TXL stretches ...

[Edited 2005-12-04 21:37:30]


don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineSoups From Ghana, joined Jun 2004, 3438 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 4257 times:

LHR-DXB-LOS-ACC
Or maybe LHR-LAX for 4 hours to drop a cat for my cousin and back



Next destinations, Suarabaya, beirut, paris, Accra
User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4250 times:

Quoting MarshalN (Reply 11):
Wow, you were on that flight?? I had a friend who was interning at HKG at the time and they all lined up along the runway and what not, waiting for the plane to land. The rest of the day didn't go so well though

No, the whole co-ordination system gradually went to pieces over the course of the first day. Nothing was being sent to the correct gate, and my return flight that evening was stuck on the ground for ages before departing!


User currently offlineJeffry747 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 963 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 4246 times:
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Quoting Matt72033 (Reply 16):
myself and three friends did LHR-JFK-LHR for a burger and slice of NY cheesecake

You went to New York and didn't get PIZZA?! How dare you!!!
 silly 



C'mon Big B, FLY!
User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1547 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4243 times:

I have flown Adelaide Kangaroo Island and stayed there for half an hour and come home. Flights were AU$25 each way.

Last trip was to Sydney for the A380. Left Adelaide early Monday morning and come back Tuesday afternoon.



South Australian Spotter
User currently offlineOzLAME From Australia, joined Feb 2005, 338 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4240 times:

I flew from the base where I work to my employer's heavy maintenance base, got told that I was needed back at my base due to other people calling in sick, and flew back on the same 'plane.


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User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2407 posts, RR: 23
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

For me last year AF SCL-AF-SCL for three days, just for the joy of flying Air France for the second time and the 777 for the first

Regards )(



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4218 times:

Mine are fairly lame:
- I had booked BA J LHR-IAD-LHR in 2004 so I could spend Valentines weekend (flying out Friday, flying back Sunday then off to Uni first thing on Monday) with my girlfriend but cancelled as I had a clash with exams.
-A number of daytrips. I guess they are frivolous but I tend to book a number of BA Club Europe day trips per year, mostly day returns for fun with no reason other than to see a new place.

There was a similar thread on Flyertalk a while back with some comical responses: http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=294946

- A guy flew AMS-HKG-AMS on CX in First to pick up a new cellphone.
-

Quote:
EWR-LAX to see the worlds oldest living plant - a creosote bush in the desert outside of Palm Springs.

I failed to find it and need to go back with better directions. Anyone want to join me?



"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
25 USADreamliner : Flying from Aeroparque to Mar del Pata. Just to fly on the Bac 1-11. USADreamliner
26 Matt72033 : Pizza's italian! Maybe next time!! lol cheesecake was good though!
27 Post contains images ExFATboy : Had a trip planned to TPA for 5 days - fly to TPA on Wednesday, Lightning season opener, golf school, time with the family, and fly back to New York o
28 57AZ : Back when I lived in Chattanooga, we'd go out to dinner and the inevitable question would arise as to where we should go. Several times we decided to
29 N276AASTT : DFW - CUN 2 friends and I went to Cancun for the night. We flew in on the afternoon flight and started partying that evening, ALL night, clubb'n and b
30 Eastbay : Two trips come to mind..... The day after Christmas, several years ago. I was stuck in Boston, with only two days off- not enough time to spend with f
31 Isitsafenow : Simmons airlines, now part of American Eagle, had YS-11's cheap seats from MBS or LAN to ORD. So, I bought a round trip from LAN, flew to ORD, had a c
32 IAirAllie : I worked KWI-RMS then DH RMS-BWI I had a bad sinus infection but I didn't want to call in sick while in KWI (Didn't have an individual visa I was on t
33 Post contains links Redngold : Frivolous. 2 a : lacking in seriousness b : marked by unbecoming levity http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/frivolous In that context, it would have to be t
34 Matt72033 : i'm going to LA on the 31st december....hopefully landing from LHR at 15:00 flight returns departing LAX at 22:00 same day! anyone got any ideas of wh
35 ZKEOJ : Nothing for me was THAT crazy, hehe. Just a few day trips YYZ-YXU-YYZ YYZ-YOW-YYZ CGN-PMI-CGN CGN-FAO-CGN CGN-KGS-CGN DUD-CHC-DUD CGN-FRA-CGN CGN-HAM-
36 Noelg : For me, nothing like you guys! My best was the other week - LBA-EDI-BRU-LBA in 6 hours for the hell of it to get my first flights onboard ERJs! I did
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