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Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?  
User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6063 times:

I was wondering, has anyone ever flown transatlantic and returned the next day (or even the same day) just for the hell of it?

I'm getting seriously tempted by some of the fares offered by Delta at the moment and would love to give them a go but I don't have much time so was thinking of going out on a Saturday morning from the UK and returning Sunday late afternoon.

I was thinking:

LGW-ATL dep Sat 0930 arr 1355
ATL-LGW dep Sun 1800 arr 0645 mon

Has anyone done this and can my body take it  Yawn


[Edited 2004-02-01 23:46:34]

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User currently offlineFutureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2641 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5963 times:

If I could afford it I would go in a heartbeat, but only for a day? If Im going to Europe, at the very minimum Id stay for the weekend. Leave early Friday, return Sunday, something like that. Im sure your body will be fine too, let us know if you go!

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User currently offlineA3xx900 From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 396 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5933 times:

I'd sure love to. Maybe not transatlantic, but I'd love to try the A340-500 service DXB-SYD or SIN-EWR... Just for the fun of it  Smile

Why is 10 afraid of 7? Because 7 8 9.
User currently offlineTrident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5852 times:

In January 2000 Icelandair had a 'lucky fare' of £149 from Europe to the USA so I flew LHR-KEF-BOS-KEF-LHR. I went out on Saturday, stayed over one night in Boston then returned on the Sunday night. The same crew flew both ways and one of the flight attendants remembered me and was very surprised to see me returning so quickly. The trip was most memorable for a missed approach on the BOS-KEF sector due to fog - those 757s certainly have some power when they need to go around!

User currently offlineGoboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2828 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5843 times:

I'd love to, if it was about $100 roundtrip I think I would. It'd be really exhausting though, taking off from the east coast US at 9PM or so, landing at 4AM (or 10AM Europe city time) and sitting in the terminal from 4AM to 7AM and board to go back!


User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5797 times:

If I could get a fare for $100 rtn then there'd be no question!!

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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4536 posts, RR: 52
Reply 6, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 5778 times:

That would describe me on June 10th. Took Concorde LHR-JFK arrived in JFK around 6pm on the 10th. Came back to Heathrow on BA 182 (772 G-YMMN) on June 11th. Arrived june 12th in the morning.

User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5750 times:


I was looking at the Exact same route/duration!!!!!!! I am glad I am not the only strange person who thinks this would be coo  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Big grin

Still would consider doing it too. What prices are DL offering?

Justin  Big thumbs up

User currently offlineMac100 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5723 times:

I do a lot of "short" transatlantic hops BOS-ZRH-BOS (1 or two days in Europe) and they are quite survivable, in fact I experience way less jet lag than on longer trips. But why flying back the same day? It would have to be awesome duty-free shopping (LHR would not be too bad, I guess - I have not gone through LGW recently).

User currently offlineBA001Concorde From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 94 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5684 times:

Back in OCT03.

JFKLHR Dep: 10:00PM Arr: 10:00AM+1 (on a BA 744)
LHRJFK Dep: 06:30PM Arr: 05:45PM (on Concorde)   Nuts

... A "non-direct" flight from JFK -> JFK all in less than 20 hours (a lot of time waiting in the LHR T4 Concorde Room).

It was so fast that my body did not have time to get jet-lagged. If I had spent a day or two or more in LON, then I would have felt it.


[Edited 2004-02-02 00:15:22]

Fly with a veteran, not a "Virgin".
User currently offlineStar_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5649 times:

I did something similar a few months back, DUB-LHR-ORD-DUB non-stop, was in Chicago for about 5hrs in total before the return flight. Didn't find it too bad at all actually! Departed DUB 7am on the first day, arrived back from ORD at 9am on the 2nd - so just over 24hrs travelling in total!)

User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5644 times:


They're offering flights for just under £200 on some dates, but also for £202 you can go on from ATL to Tampa or Orlando (on a 764/763) and this was another option to get a few more flights under my belt before the summer price hikes price me out of flying.


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User currently offline747firstclass From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5642 times:

ManchesteraMan, you are doing it starting with a westbound flight. I that routing is easier for your body. Thats my 2 cents worth. I say go for it.

User currently offlineCadet93 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5575 times:

When my next vacation award comes up I am planning on going to Hong Kong, say on Tuesday, which gets you in on Weds. to return on Thursday afternoon flight...Then I can tell all my friends at work I went to HKG for a day.  Smile

User currently offlineCarduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5482 times:

Well, somebody had to come up with the ultimate!

On 5 February 1986, my partner and I took BA001 to JFK @ 1030, and returned to LHR in the evening, landing around 2100, after a 3h13 flight! It was my Birthday present! Memorable - we were even allowed to go down to the aircraft before boarding to have some celebratory pics taken in front of Concorde!

Re an earlier post on Duty Free at LHR and LGW. There are Duty Paid shops (equivalent of no VAT) with less choice, on arrival at both airports, but unlikely to be open very early, like my arrival at LGW recently @0555. You can even get deals (Duty Paid) in LHR T1 Domestic on both depatures and arrivals.

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User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5447 times:

I once did MIA-IAH-NRT-SIN-NRT-IAH-MIA with just 5 hours in Changi airport. Made it a point to not buy any "external" food -- managed just on airplane food and snacks in the airline lounges...  Smile


User currently offlineLeviticus From New Zealand, joined Oct 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5406 times:

Sllevin, how much did you pay for that, or did you get it in exchange for miles ?

User currently offlineFA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 18
Reply 17, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5399 times:

I've worked IAD-LHR arriving at dawn, ran home to central London, showered, changed, repacked my case, ran back to LHR (thanks to Heathrow Express), hopped on a midday flight right back to IAD in order to have a dinner date on the Petolmac River.... Fabulous time! Watched the sunset on my date's boat... absolutely a blast!

Slept like a baby on the upperdeck on the 744 the whole way Westbound. No Tylenol PM needed on that flight! Just some earplugs and a bottle of water by my side! I could have only done this because I fly free as an employee though! Gotta love being a jet-setter!

Not a Transatlantic trip but same idea: I worked DEL-LHR then flew myself LHR-SFO. Basically I had dinner in DEL, Breakfast in LHR, and Lunch in SFO. About an hour from landing in SFO I started to feel really anxious and wanted off that plane! Fortunately I had First Class on the 744 so I had room to walk around and talk with the crew.


The debate continues... Starwood or Hyatt... which is better
User currently offlineSebwhite From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 5375 times:

I did AA BOS-CDG-BOS three years ago, non-rev, spending the 8 hours between flights in Paris. No overnight!

User currently offlineDAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5324 times:
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Being an airline employee, I have become real good on scheduling 2-3 day trips to different places but I remember two in particular.

In September 1999 I wanted to fly on DL's 777 which were brand new but there was a controversy regarding pilot pay and the CEO was threatening to remove them from service if an agreement could not be reached. The only routes they were operating were CVG and ATL to LGW but the loads were pretty full going over. Coming back the flights looked fine so the problem was getting to Europe in order to fly the plane back. My travel partner (a fellow employee) and I came up with the following plan.

We purchased ID90's on CO and flew DCA-EWR then connected on Swissair, which had a codeshare with DL back then, and flew EWR-BSL. We then flew Crossair BSL-LHR arriving in the early afternoon. In LHR we caught a bus to LGW and stayed overnight in the airport hotel. We had enough time the next morning to catch the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station and walk to Buckingham palace and back to the station. After returning to LGW, we checked out of the hotel and checked in for our flight to CVG and then connecting back to DCA. That made five flights in about 48 hours. Of course flying for (almost) free helped!

Another time in early 2002 I flew ATL-FRA in order to buy some especial olympic pin sets which were only available on international flights as a duty free item. I wanted to buy several sets in order to trade at the 2002 Salt Lake City winter olympics. I left ATL in DL14 at1650 and arrived in FRA at 0740. I spent some time walking around the terminal and plane spotting from the observation deck and then returned that same day on DL107 FRA-JFK which departed at 1255 giving me about 5 hours in FRA. People thought I was nuts but the way I see it do it while you can. Especially if you have the travel benefits. Big thumbs up


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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5285 times:

Was in Europe <24 hrs this past week on work. A lot of business folks do same day out-and-back trips which is why the late evening departures from Europe are usually difficult to snag premium cabin seats on.

And while its not transatlantic, I've done SIN-LHR-SIN on the same calendar day, taking advantage of redeyes both ways for a full day of work in London.

It's not as gruelling as you might think, especially for a regular traveler who has access to lounges/showers/sleeper seats.

User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 21, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 5240 times:

Lev -- I did it in coach on a $700 ticket on CO (flew NW NRT-SIN-NRT of course).

Now, on regular business, I've done SJC-MSP-LGW and back with just 36 hours on the ground, and SFO-NRT-SIN and back with just 28 hours on the ground.

Fortunately those trips were in business class  Smile


User currently offlineN777ua From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 5115 times:

In December 2002, a week or so after the ch 11 filing, I rode with my mom on one of her trips (flight attendant) from Chicago to Frankfurt. Business on the way over, chilled on the layover, went shopping, ate brats, drank wine all day long, went out with the crew, flew back to ORD the next day in first class. Dom perignon all the way across the ocean!!!

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User currently offlineB747-4U3 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 998 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 5032 times:

I flew from LHR to JFK and back the following morning. I had about 4hrs shopping time in NY, it was great though.

User currently offlineRichardw From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 3839 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (12 years 3 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4969 times:

Kuwait Airways currently have LON-NYC on special offer for about £200, with no minimum stay required, perfect for a weekday short trip, subject to availability.

25 JGPH1A : When I lived in London, I used to go to BOS for the weekend, leaving Friday PM, back Monday AM - not too bad. Re going to HKG for the day, it was stan
26 BHMNONREV : Did it once in late 2000, flew non-rev on TW STL-LGW to pick up my daughter in Leeds. Dep STL on Wed @ 1930 arr LGW next morning, drive 4.5 hours to L
27 BOAC707 : I haven't done the transatlantic, but I have done the transcontinental...Last year I travelled from YYZ to YVR in the afternoon to take my wife out fo
28 Dtwclipper : Yeah I've done Rome for Dinner, on PA back in the 80's. As long as I was in First it didn't matter how long the flight was! I had friends at Pan Am in
29 Post contains images Airdolomiti : Posted by Airlixban: "That would describe me on June 10th. Took Concorde LHR-JFK arrived in JFK around 6pm on the 10th. Came back to Heathrow on BA 18
30 Post contains images 22886 : Not quite transatlantic but I once flew to Hong Kong from London for the weekend. Friday LHR-HKG (G-BNLJ) Sunday HKG-LHR (G-BNLS) Flew out on Friday n
31 Ahlfors : Well, not one night, but I once did a two-nighter, flying LH CDG-FRA-IAD-ATL (last leg UA codeshare) on a Saturday and then ATL-FRA-CDG on a Monday. T
32 N276AASTT : Good day, I haven't done trans-atlantic, but I have done an all night party trip to Cancun. My friends and I flew in on the last AA 727 flight of the
33 Amirs : I used to work as a F/A with EL AL. Don't worry, your body will be able to take one transatlantic trip without any problems. I once flew TLV - NYC aft
34 Amhilde : I once did an insane RNO-LAX-LHR trip Thursday departure, returning Sunday - so i basically got in Friday night to my London flat and left midday Sund
35 Ndebele : I was thinking about taking Biman's DC-10 BRU-JFK-BRU (with something like 8 hours at JFK if the flight is on-time), because I really want to fly on a
36 Jsnww81 : I haven't done it yet, but I'm considering doing one in the next few months (a Friday night-Sunday night trip to London). I don't really have a reason
37 Expratt : Did that a few years ago. Took BA overnight from JFK to LHR for a meeting with an LHR-based air carrier. Got the shuttle from T3 to Holiday Inn (sure
38 Delta777Jet : I flew back in 1999 from Miami to Munich (6:20p Departure - 09:20a arrival) and flew back to Miami at 11:20a the same day (so less than 2 hours in Ger
39 Post contains images Leezyjet : I flew out from LHR-JFK on the 1830 VS flight in Premium Economy, stayed over that night then flew back the next evening from EWR-LHR on BA in Club Wo
40 GARUDAROD : You guys are doing it the short route, East Coast to Europe. I used to routinely fly LAX/AMS/FRA/AMS/LAX leave on FRi nite and return on Sun afternoo
41 Mlsrar : I haven't done the second 1/2 of my Trip Report, but my ORD-LHR outbound is in there with a $292 price of Air + 1 night at the Sheraton Skyline Heathr
42 United4ever : I once flew United London - San Francisco for a weekend with just the necessary Saturday night for the super-cheap fare that I got. It wasn't quite fo
43 Ua777222 : Twice- Flew to Hawaii 3 weeks ago to go and play golf and flew back on that next day but I get all the cheap fairs b/c of my fam. And in November I fl
44 CO2BGR : I flew PWM-EWR-HKG-GUM-TKK-PNI-KSA-KWA-MAJ-HNL-LAX-IAH-TPA-EWR-PWM To have a day in HKG, HNL, LAX and TPA fly on the island hop on CO Mike. The trip t
45 A340Spotter : I've done it once myself, along with a friend of mine who works for UA dispatch and had a Star Alliance promotion that he needed to fly. So we met in
46 Post contains images AvObserver : Yes, just once, doing exactly what BA001Concorde quoted above, in fact our flight times were nearly identical, though I flew in late July, last year.
47 Longhaulheavy : It's too bad the fares aren't really $100 r/t. (More for me anyways since I go from Chicago.) You've got a big hunk of tax to add on that could be mor
48 ANA : John If you book 2 tickets to see Big Fish at Odeon Cinemas then you get a 2 tickets for the price of 1 with American - I did this kind of AA deal bef
49 Post contains images ManchesterMAN : Anders, Good idea, although can't I go and watch a better film I actually don't think any of my friends would be crazy enough to go all the way to the
50 Tomgib : The "best" I´ve done is HAM-FRA-SIN and back in just about 4 days. I normally fly out on a Friday night, get in to SIN the following day late in the
51 Ual777contrail : I am doing it today, ORD-LHR and back on the 6th. UAL 777 CONTRAIL
52 Post contains images BA001Concorde : AvObserver: I left out most of the details of that trip. This is what that week in OCT03 really looked like. *** - DCA / 15OCT03 via DL at 06:00AM (sp
53 ANA : John Big Fish is great! For your friend: the AA terms are on the website www.odeon.co.uk Actually just had a thought; don't BA crew do back-to-back on
54 Post contains images Pilatusguy : kinda did a one day trip over the pond: ZRH-JFK-BDA overnight in BDA BDA-JFK (early morning arrival) EWR-ZRH (same day) trip was easy apart from the i
55 Jhooper : Business class: definitely worth it! Coach: NOT worth it!
56 Chicago : OK, 55 replies to this post and no one has asked the obvious question...."why?". I can understand travelling a far distance with a very short stay if
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