Meerkat 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!
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...
MarshalN 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?
Meerkat 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!
Crox1 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:
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"
Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society. The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute
Leskova 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 ).
LTBEWR 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.
MarshalN 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
Euclid 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.
Sabena332 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.
Matt72033 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
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!
Backfire 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!
Fbgdavidson 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.