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Do You Fly Just For The Heck Of It?  
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Hi

If you saw a return fare to somewhere not that far away which was pretty cheap, would you fly just for the flight? Or also would you fly for a day trip (i.e. From say London to Manchester), just to spot at the airport?

-Stephen

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User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4671 times:

Of course! Working for an airline, it doesn't cost me anything. I've flown many times just for something to do. People thought I was weird but when I was hired, our personnel lady told us it was fun to do. Fly to Boston, get a free meal (before 9/11 of course), watch a movie!

Tons of fun!


User currently offlineNOTAM-J From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4602 times:

Yeah, if you work for an airline you can jump on an open flight whenever you like. I took a NW flight once from MSP to MKE and returned on MKE to MSP just to fly on the DC10 before they took it out of service on that route. The whole trip took about 2 1/2 hours. First class both ways, and a little breakfast on the return flight. Cost: $0.00. Had nothing better going on that morning!!!


If only I had a nickel for every Boeing vs Airbus posting...
User currently offlineFly727 From Mexico, joined Jul 2003, 1789 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4597 times:

I have done it. Just like Flyboyaz mentioned, most people think you are crazy. I just say: YAAAAAAY !!!!

RM  Nuts



There are no stupid questions... just stupid people!
User currently offlineAirplanetire From United States of America, joined May 2001, 1809 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4547 times:

I certainly would and have once. My problem now is that I have no money to do it. I took a day trip to Wichita with a friend in March, but I had been working and had no expenses because I wasn't driving, so I had money to burn. When I'm off on my own though, it'll be fun to save some money and maybe see a cheap fare to somewhere in Europe and go there for the weekend. A lot of people would find that nuts, but if you do really well, you could get the airfare for $300, only pay $100 total in hotels, and then another $100 at the very most to eat and get into some attractions. I love longhaul flights, so the flights would not be a drag as they are to many people but instead part of the fun.

-Airplanetire


User currently offlineYWG From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 1146 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4524 times:

I do it all the time on Air Canada as a non rev passenger! I fly all over the place to either see the airport and its traffic or to fly that certain type of plane!


Contact Winnipeg center now on 134.4, good day.
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 4502 times:

So if you work for the airline you can get completely free flights? In any class? Wouldn't you at least need to pay taxes? (Yeah i guess that you can only fly if there's seats available anyway). I have been looking through flights from London to Manchester and some flights are like £50.50 return! I'd pay that just for the flight and if i could get in some spotting that'd be even better!

It's sounds so cool that if you work for the airline and you weren't doing anything one morning you could just jump on a flight.

-Stephen


User currently offlineCB777 From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1216 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4479 times:

I do day trips all the time for the hech of it. I work for CO based in EWR I took a day trip once to LA. Went there in the morning and took the red eye back home, people thought i was nuts to go to LA for a day. It was fun there was like 5 of us from EWR that went.


CB777


User currently offlineJBirdAV8r From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 4491 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4473 times:

Wouldn't you at least need to pay taxes?

Nope!!  Big thumbs up

At least at Delta, if you want to fly on them or Connection airlines, you just pop your card into the kiosk and get yourself on standby  Smile

The procedure for Skyteam airlines is a little different (you have to go to the ticket counter)  Smile



I got my head checked--by a jumbo jet
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4470 times:

Twice Ive flown for the heck of it, mainly because unique opportunities for a new experience presented themselves to me (and were cheap as well)...the first was 3/16/02 when I flew PHL-PIT-PHL for $84 on a US A330 and returning on an FL 717....two aircrafts which I had not previously been on...then earlier this year, in June, I flew FLL-JFK-FLL for about $160 going up on Song and returning on jetBlue...I had not experienced either airline previously....

Greg



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User currently offlineNOTAM-J From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 85 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4466 times:

The non-rev charge all depends on your flight benefits. Everyone within NW has a non-rev priority code, and depending on what code you fly under, your charges will differ. When I was working, I had management priority passes and there was no charge, didn't even take the tax from my paycheck! Some of NW's non-rev benefits are really great.


If only I had a nickel for every Boeing vs Airbus posting...
User currently offlineFlyboyaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

The charges vary for each airline. I work for HP and we fly completely for free on us and also on HPX. Working in a field station I also get free passes on CO, WN, AS, F9, Aeromexico and Aero California.

We have to pay for taxes on international flights only. F/C we are supposed to turn in some of our buddy passes but they usually don't enforce it.


User currently offlineUPSfueler From United States of America, joined May 2003, 430 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4375 times:

I used to do it when we flew for free. One time in one day I did ORD-SAN(757),SAN-LAX(EMB-120),LAX-ORD(747). All in first class except the UAX flight. I have done many dau trips like that but that was the most fun IMO.

User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2605 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4365 times:

As often as possible! Ive gone SAN-TUC, SAN-LAS and SAN-PHX just because it was cheap and on the weekend and I had nothing to do!


Life is better when you surf.
User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4359 times:

yes. i got rent a plane and go somewhere!  Big grin


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5498 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4358 times:

http://www.airliners.net/discussions/trip_reports/read.main/36210/

A week ago....MCO-MIA-SFO-DFW-MCO in about 24 hours.  Big grin


User currently offlineAA 777 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 808 posts, RR: 13
Reply 16, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4344 times:
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Last February my mom and did the LAX day trip from JFK. It was pretty funny in class that monday when the teacher asked what I did this past weekend...and I replied well i went to LAX on saturday and hung around the house on sunday  Big thumbs up  Nuts

AA 777
Matt



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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5694 posts, RR: 52
Reply 17, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4311 times:

I wish I could do that!!!

maybe fly..

MWA-STL-LAX-DFW-ORD-MCI-STL-MWA

Get the following..
MWA-STL BAE JETSTREAM 31
STL-LAX- 757/MD80
LAX-DFW-738/MD80/757/767(Is that right?)
DFW-ORD 777/757/MD80(right again??)
ORD-MCI-MD-80??
MCI-STL 757/MD80
STL-MWA BAE JETSTREAM 31

Alex.

NO what..gonan check that now!! lol



Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6305 posts, RR: 33
Reply 18, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 4298 times:

I have not had to pay for a flight since December,1991. From 1971 to December 24, 1980 however, I spent every free moment flying around just for fun. The I got married and had a child.

Since 1991 I've had jumpseat privileges on an large cargo carrier.......OK, I'm retired now, it was UPS. Since my retirement, I've lost those and now cannot afford to fly around just for fun. But then, I no longer want to at my age.



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlinePositive rate From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 2143 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 4267 times:

Yes i certainly would if i could afford it. In Feb i flew to Melbourne for the Airshow over the weekend.

User currently offlineAn-225 From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 3950 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4245 times:

I flew to SFO and back on a 747-400. Same one, both ways, N179UA.
Here are my future plans:

DEN-MCI-DEN. Flying out on WED, coming back on FRI.
DEN-LGA-DEN - Some time in October.
DEN-HNL-DEN - I'll go for my birthday during December. Gotta treat myself right!
DEN-SAN-DEN - I'll go at some point in October/November to see my friend Sergey.
DEN-SFO-DEN - I'll fly that route fairly often, since I love San Francisco!

Alex.



Money does not bring you happiness. But it's better to cry in your own private limo than on a cold bus stop.
User currently offlineJetblast737 From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 60 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 4222 times:

Yes I use my staff travel consessions whenever possible.During the footy season I fly between BNE-SYD, BNE-MEL to watch my team the Brisbane Broncos play.Sometimes the flights are full and I get a jumpseat.

jetblast737  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineCaptain.md-11 From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 704 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4178 times:

I'm about to fly LHR-FRA FRA-LHR for the day, well not even that, as my turn around in Frankfurt is only just over 2 hours! Still at least I should get to fly on 2 A300-600's  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


Twins,twins, everywhere.... but where are the three holers?
User currently offlineIwantaBBJ From Switzerland, joined Jun 2002, 776 posts, RR: 4
Reply 23, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4163 times:
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Well, I sometimes use Swiss' weekend webfares to book same-day return-trips, such as ZRH/BSL to LHR, DUS, CDG, TXL and more... I even once treated myself to a domestic rountrip BSL-ZRH-LUG-GVA-BSL... Just for the fun of flying!!

Michael


User currently offlineManairport From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 1 month 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4155 times:

I do it frequently. Most recent trip was last Friday LHR/AMS/LHR just to get on a KLM 739 (but the sods put on a 738 instead!)

25 La Carlota : Yes I do!! If I found a longer way to get to a destination and there's not much difference in the price, just a bit higher, I sure will take the long
26 BNE : I find the destinations are a little important but then some of the fun is actually getting there. In June 2003 I flew BNE-SYD-MEL-HBA-MEL-ABX-SYD-BNE
27 Godbless : Most of my flights this year were just short daytrips just for the fun of it. Actually not a single flight was really necessary... Max
28 JGPH1A : For sure - especially when I could Non-Rev at SAA - we used to get 1 domestic freeby per year (mean by US carrier standards, but we loved it !) - used
29 Richardw : I have done round trips on easyjet for the fun of it. I did LGW-GVA, GVA-NCE, NCE-LTN just for fun and it was great value. I am doing this shortly LGW
30 Stormin : an actual non non-rev story... I was 10 segments short of Platinum on DL in 2001. I flew 5 roundtrips to SAV which is a 45 minute flight from ATL in t
31 Rednose : Last year, soon after SAA introduced the new flat bed suite in first class, I wanted to try it out and since I had lots and lots of miles, I bought a
32 Post contains images Thadocta : I have done it, either just towards the end of my FF membership year, or to maximise Status Credits earlier in the year when super-cheap fares have be
33 Post contains images Kilavoud : Flying for the heck of it, even if it seems more expensive, can bring you many good surprises. Let me explain you : I use to fly to Madras from Switze
34 Vimanav : Yup, I've done innumerable DEL/BOM/DEL flights just for kicks. Also did a number of roundabout routes just to fly more eg. DEL-MAA-KUL-SIN-BKK-DEL (in
35 FLIEGER67 : Hi Planesarecool, other people think we are crazy, but we think they are it too. If it´s your passion, to be on the run, to meet new people, to look
36 Sabena332 : Mostly I fly just just for the heck of it, main reasons are: fill up my milage account get a flight on an airline that is missing in my collection get
37 Planesarecool : I have never done it myself (being 13) but for £50 i think it'd be well worth it, although if you can get it for free then that's even better -Stephe
38 AIRCRAFT88 : I have done LGW-AMS for the day last year. I flew Easyjet and the fare was pretty cheap, (£70.00) for me and my dad. He had to come because im only 1
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