ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1240 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5830 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
Futureualpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2613 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 5730 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!
Trident2e From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5619 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!
Goboeing From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 2771 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5610 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!
Mac100 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 260 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5490 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).
Star_world From Ireland, joined Jun 2001, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5416 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!)
ManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1240 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 5411 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.
Cadet93 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 5342 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.
Carduelis From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2001, 1586 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5249 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.
Per Ardua ad Astra! ........ Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense!
FA4UA From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 812 posts, RR: 19
Reply 17, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 5166 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
DAirbus From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 596 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5091 times:
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.
"I love mankind. It's people I can't stand." - Charles Shultz
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 5052 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.
N777ua From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 3 months 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 4882 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!!!