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Your Return Flights In One Day For Fun?  
User currently offlineTupolevTu154 From Germany, joined Aug 2004, 2222 posts, RR: 24
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 13628 times:


All I've ever wanted to do is just book a flight out to any place, then catch the next flight back. Just for the thrill of flying.

Now I know a lot of you out there would have done this, so what flight's have you taken in one day and back for fun?

At the moment I'm looking into LGW-AMS with easyjet.

But in the past I've done...

Vancouver Harbour - Victoria Harbour with Harbour Air, DHC-3 Turbo otter

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Then the return flight with West Coast Air, DHC-6 Twin Otter

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Photo © Colin McCann

Tom Big grin

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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 13626 times:

Quoting TupolevTu154 (Thread starter):
Now I know a lot of you out there would have done this, so what flight's have you taken in one day and back for fun?

I have taken many same-day return flights within Europe, mostly I stayed at the airport for spotting or I visited the city before flying back home.

I had also the luck to be on many flights were I spend the whole time on the cockpit jumpseat, basically I stayed 30 minutes at the destination airport before flying back on the same plane with the same crew, I did it just for the sake of flying and it was perfect to kill time on boring weekends.

The best was a FRA-JFK flight on Singapore Airlines on a Saturday morning with the return flight in the evening of the same day. My girlfriend, two other friends and myself spent a day in Manhattan for shopping and sightseeing and then we went back to the airport to catch the flight back to FRA. Every person who heard about this crazy trip said that we are completely nuts (which is actually very correct Big grin).


User currently offlineUnited_fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7687 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13617 times:

I did ROC-ATL-ROC on March 9th,2003. Took it on a DL 727 just to get on one before they were retired.Was N8890Z (ex-EA).

Champagne For My Real Friends,and Real Pain For My Sham Friends
User currently offlineUswyjer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 13611 times:

Not necessarily just for the fun of flying, but in taking a daytrip to Nashville a couple summers ago to visit some friends I specifically picked the flights: on US Airways, and got 2 new planes: EMB170, ERJ145; and a new airport for me: DCA. Left BDL at 6:40am and got back around 11pm, was a fun trip Smile

User currently offlineCedars747 From Norway, joined Dec 2005, 2723 posts, RR: 17
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13605 times:

BUE-SAO-BUE AR same day flight ,just for fun

Tengo una pasion por la aviacion !لدي شغف للطيران !I have a passion for aviation !Jeg har en lidenskap for luftfart!j'ai
User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 39
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 13600 times:

I've done a few:

LBA-DUB-LBA (a few times in 2002/3) FR 732
LBA-AMS-LBA Oct 2003 LS 733
LBA-BFS BHD-LBA Jan 2005 LS 733/ BE DH4
LBA-LHR-LBA Apr 2005 BD 320/F100
MAN-LHR-MAN May 2005 BD 321
MAN-LHR-MAN Jul 2005 BD 320/319
MAN-ORK-MAN Aug 2005 WW 733/735
LBA-AMS-LBA Nov 2005 LS733

Like a fine wine, one gets better with age.
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1885 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13590 times:

A few times...

JNB-DUR-JNB CE 727-95 ZS-NYY and 737-200 ZS-OVF , January 2005. Flew by myself for the first time , had 2 free tickets on CE so , what the heck. Not every day yiu get to fly a 727-100 (which is still in service as we speak).

Also done JNB-GRJ-JNB SAA 737-800 down , SAA 747-200 back to visit the city of George for the day and fly one of the last pax 742 flights of SAA.


Proudly South African
User currently offlineGoinv From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 264 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 13569 times:

Inverness to Guernsey via Gatwick (4 flights)

2 x Bae 146 and 2 x ATR 72. All with British Airways. Total round trip time - 15 hours

Be who you are, The world was made to measure for your smile. So Smile.
User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12976 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 13567 times:

All days trips for me has been WLG-AKL on NZ. I might try all of New Zealands airlines on on day (NZ, QF and QO) thou

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6584 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 13563 times:

All just so I could fly with Aer Lingus.

User currently offlineZKEOJ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 13522 times:

Haha, I have done exactly your, just the other way around, i.e. out with the Twin Otter, and back on the Single Otter... Wink

Also done



User currently offlineLobster From Germany, joined Oct 2008, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13518 times:

Last week I did a quick ML and flew from MSP-MEM-PHX and back in one day. Spent only about an hour at PHX. I've flown into LGW a few times only to spend the day in London and then fly to DUB later that evening for my end destination. This spring I went MSP-SFO for the day. Had a nice day in San Fran and took the red-eye back.

User currently offlineLevent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 13519 times:

These are day trips I made for spotting and short city visits:

AMS-LHR with KLM and LHR-AMS with Kenya Airways
MST-AMS v.v. with KLM exel
MST-STN v.v. with KLM exel
EIN-AMS v.v. with KLM exel
EIN-HAM v.v. with Metropolis
ANR-AMS v.v. with KLM exel
BRU-LHR v.v. with Virgin Express
DUS-TXL v.v. with Deutsche BA
VLC-CDG v.v. with Vueling
VLC-SVQ v.v. with Vueling
VLC-PMI v.v. with Air Europa

And, although it was for work, I very much enjoyed the numerous day trips out of Valencia on Air Nostrum flights. Also international routes such as BCN-TRN, BCN-NCE, MAD-TLS and MAD-OPO.

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3831 posts, RR: 26
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 13512 times:

Could be tough trying to work them all out...in the past few years I've managed the following, all on BA.

LHR-BCN-AGP-BCN-LHR (legs between BCN and AGP on IB)

A friend does multiple day trips over weekends, one his more crazy ones over a long weekend.
Sat: LHR-JFK-LHR (arrives early on Sunday)

A bit too hardcore and obssessive for me, one per month was my target for day trips!

"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 13507 times:

I've done:

LBA-DUB-LBA with Ryanair

Gotta love those low cost fares!


Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
User currently offlineMatt72033 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 1617 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13506 times:

LHR-JFK-LHR! great fun!

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3844 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 13500 times:

I'm going to do STN-CCF then TLS-LGW on FR and U2.

LGW-MIL is possible on U2 going to LIN and MXP

User currently offlineDENplanenut From United States of America, joined May 2005, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13475 times:

A few years ago I did DCA-LGA-DCA on USairways Shuttle to visit relatives. And this summer I did DEN-LAS-DEN on F9 just to go shopping.

User currently offlinePMN From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 563 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 13464 times:

Quoting PMN (Reply 14):

Just booked another '4 in a day' trip.

LBA-BHD with FlyBE - Should be my first time on a Dash 8!
BHD-MAN with BA - Should be my second time on the Dash 8!

All for £104!

A quick question for those of you who've done day trips from the UK to the US... Have you ever had any problems with immigration? Have they ever been suspicious of the reasons you're only there for a few hours?


Edith in his bed, a plane in the rain is humming, the wires in the walls are humming some song - some mysterious song
User currently offlineVasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4191 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 13461 times:

MSE-AMS-MSE with EUjet

User currently offlineWrighbrothers From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 1875 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 13457 times:

I've done ( over the space of 4 days , all on BA)

(monday): LHR-AMS-LHR

And a few weeks ago


Always stand up for what is right, even if it means standing alone..
User currently offlineFlyingchoirboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 285 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 13449 times:
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I guess this was kind of for fun  Smile

June 6, 2005
Delta: ATL-BOS on MD-80
Delta Connection (Comair): BOS-Portland, Maine on CRJ-200
Delta Connection (ASA): Portland-ATL on CRJ-700

The CRJ-200 sector included a landing with one engine because the aircraft wasn't fueled properly...now that was fun!

User currently offline747LUVR From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 398 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 13446 times:

I flew CLE-MDW-CLE for a daytrip to Chicago.....left CLE around 545am and touched back down around 7pm....was nice for a day.

User currently offlinePlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 12167 posts, RR: 56
Reply 23, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13444 times:

Done a few myself;

PLH-BRS-PLH.... Bored and wanted to fly on Air Southwest's Dash 8.
PLH-BRS-DUB-BRS-PLH.... Wanted to fly a Ryanair B732.
BHX-DUB-BHX.... Good suggestion by Ben (ex British767) lol!

Also a done few extravagant one way routings instead of flying direct;


All for the fun of flying:D But I think if you can try and spend some time in the city you visit, otherwise you'll be missing out.

Dan Smile

...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
User currently offlineJorge1812 From Germany, joined Apr 2004, 3153 posts, RR: 6
Reply 24, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 13444 times:

AOC-STN-AOC (with the night a the airport) Ryanair B-733
DRS-CGN-DRS (first 4U flight to DRS) Germanwings A-319/320
DRS-HAM-DRS (last weekend) Germanwings A-319
TFN-MAD-TFN (with the night a the airport) Iberia B-743/A-346
DRS-FRA-DRS Lufthansa A-320/B-735

All for fun and or spotting.


25 Gemuser : Was a while ago! 1972! QF SYD-Norfolk Island. Aircraft DC-4 Last pax DC-4 in Australia. Aircraft flew on to AKL. We caught the return flight from AKL
26 RJpieces : I've done the Shuttle LGA-BOS-LGA on a day trip. It is very common for some businessman to hop back and forth between NYC and DC/BOS. I might be tryin
27 FOMEA : I have done DTW-MDW-DTW X3 DTW-ORD-DTW X1 All a for a day Trip. Regards F-OMEA.
28 Post contains images SK601 : My daytrips, just for fun: AMS-CGN-AMS KLC AMS-LHR-AMS KL (multiple times) AMS-LGW-AMS HV AMS-STN-AMS KLuk AMS-ZRH-AMS KL/SR (multiple times) AMS-MUC-
29 NZblue : LAX-SFO (many times) LAX-DEN (many times) LAX-OGG (several times) LAX-DEN-SFO-LAX (twice) LAX-DEN-SBA-LAX (once) BUR-SFO-SNA (once) DEN-PHX (closest I
30 Cosmic : It is a good idea and I would like to do something like this one day.[Edited 2005-12-21 21:44:13]
31 Floorrunner : I've done EWR-BOS-EWR a few times also EWR-SRQ-EWR, EWR-PBI-EWR and EWR-PWM-EWR.
32 HT : Apart from numerous sameday returns using only 2 or 3 airports (for pleasue and business), there were some outstanding routings for me: TUS - PHX - LA
33 Jeremy : Way too many to list! The craziest were day trips to LHR, ORY, and CPT. I was on the plane more than I was on the ground. For the CPT trip, I flew LAS
34 Srbmod : ATL-BOS-ATL 5 times on FL and DL (technically 4, as I got stranded overnight in BOS) ATL-Washington D.C. (IAD and DCA) Six times total on FL (IAD 4 ti
35 Sllevin : I traded a hotel stay for a couple of AA eVIPs, and am using them for an SFO-ORD-DUB-ORD-SFO mileage run... 3 hours and 50 minutes in DUB. Should be f
36 Burnsie28 : DEN-MSP-STL-MSP-DEN Northwest to get on DC-9-10 before retirement. GFK-MSP-GFK Northwest 3 times DEN-LAS-DEN Southwest (Jan 3 2005) Inagural Denver Fl
37 TERRA : All trips in one day. These are the ones i can recall but i hate day trips with a passion, way too tiring! Some for fun but most for work so i try to
38 Post contains links Ryan h : I have flown Adelaide to Kingscote and back on Aug 10 2004 because flights were AU$25 each way. That was with now defunct Great Western Aviation on a
39 HA_DC9 : I frequently fly HA LIH-HNL and back in one day for business. Sometimes I will have an all day meeting that requires me to catch the 0630 flight to HN
40 Matt27 : CPH-AAL-CPH SAS DC9-41 back in 1999.
41 PHLBOS : I've done a few of them over the lat 3 1/2 years mainly to take advantage of some low fares that were offered at the time. More recently, I done the s
42 Dreamflight767 : OAK-IAD OAK-JFK OAK-BOS All with jetBlue SFO-PIE With ATA
43 MANmatt : I do many day trips around europe for spotting purposes. These include: MAN-CDG-MAN BA MAN-AMS-MAN Jet2 MAN-CGN-MAN HLX MAN-CDG-MAN AF STN-MUC-STN EZY
44 Post contains images Pcallin : Interesting topic! I've been thinking about taking such flights for a while. Just yesterday when looking through the low fare calender of Norwegian, t
45 Post contains images Airtrainer : Just made DUS-BCN-DUS with LH last week for a mileage run, had fun returning on the same aircraft with the same crew, especially when I told the F/A t
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