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Ever Paid Extra To Fly On A Certain Plane?  
User currently offlineSA7700 From South Africa, joined Dec 2003, 3431 posts, RR: 26
Posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4446 times:
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I would love to try out SAA's new A346. The quickest and "cheapest" way will be to fly domestic sectors such as JNB-CPT-JNB.

As I don't live in either JNB or CPT, this will mean that I will have to fly in a triangular route and buy a more expensive ticket.

Have any of you done something like this before; fly a wacky route or pay extra for airtickets just in order to get on a new/different type of airplane?


When you are doing stuff that nobody has done before, there is no manual – Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs)
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User currently offlinePHLapproach From Philippines, joined Mar 2004, 1240 posts, RR: 20
Reply 1, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

No, I haven't paid ridiculously high prices to fly a certain aircraft but I have woken up at ridiculous times to fly a certain type (US 752) and i'm doing it again this summer PHL - FLL Big grin.

User currently offlineYVRtoYYZ From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 656 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4396 times:

I, too, haven't paid extra, but have altered my sched. based on the equipment available. Most recent AC A333 YYZ-YVR instead of normal A320 or CRJs.

-YVRtoYYZ


User currently offlineGLA MD11 From France, joined Mar 2000, 277 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4391 times:

My boss's secretary always call the travel agency and ask for an AF 772 from CDG to JFK (no way he would board an AF 744).
If the seat he wants is not available, she tries the next flight. No matter how much it costs...


User currently offlineDutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 57
Reply 4, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

I paid a very high fare back in 1970 to fly from JFK to SFO First Class on a TWA 747; lower fares were available on other flights, but I very much wanted to fly on the just introduced 747 and it was worth every penny.

User currently offlineMerC From Sweden, joined Dec 2003, 590 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4330 times:

No, but I would if the price does not differentiate too much.


It's Scandinavian
User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8892 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4333 times:

Occasionally, I'll pay a few extra bucks to fly on a certain equipment. Right now, I am researching flights to Los Angeles, and want to take a red-eye back to Boston. My options are to connect in CLE, IAH, or EWR on CO. Connecting in CLE is slightly cheaper (no more than $10), but I would be on 737s for LAX-CLE and CLE-BOS (nothing wrong with the 737, It just seems that I'm only flying 737s right now). However, the EWR option has a 757-300 on LAX-EWR, and I haven't flown on the pencil yet. Another choice has me paying a few extra bucks to fly on a DL 777 going from LAX-ATL, which I wouldn't mind doing, and also this itenerary can be worked out so I can get a ride on the elusive MD-90 (you never see any of those on the East Coast).

So in short, yes, I am willing to pay a little bit more for a certain type of plane, but no more than really $15-20.

Jeff


User currently offlineAirVB From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4317 times:

I think I paid like 60 bucks more to fly on a United Triple 7...well worth it in my opinion.

User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

LHR-JFK on a BA 744 or 772 would have been £177 at the cheapest last summer. I paid quite a bit more to fly on Concorde.

User currently offlineCmckeithen From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 617 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4281 times:

Rediculous. I would not pay any more $$$$ to fly a certain A/C type and I would not fly a long way out of my destination just to get miles, a certain a/c or even just for the hell of it. All I care about is getting from point A to point B in the least time and least expensive way.

User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4233 times:

I know my Dad, this past November, paid an extra $25 or so per person to go to Orlando/ Sanford non-stop from SYR, on a TransMeridian 727. He wanted to go on a 727 one last time, and other than my mom, none of the rest of us have been on one, so it was a bonus for me, anyway. My siblings don't care. My Dad loved that it was non-stop, too. I, personally, prefer to connect.

User currently offlinePIA777 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1738 posts, RR: 6
Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4216 times:

I do it all the time when I fly on Business. Heck, I am not paying for it.
I usually look for widebodies. Once I paid extra to fly a AA 777 from ORD to DFW , this was out of my pocket.

PIA777



GO CUBS!!
User currently offlineAviaar From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4188 times:

This probably doesn't count, but I pay about $15 more each hour to fly a 2001,2002, or 2003 C-172SP over a 1976 C-172M in my flight training.  Big thumbs up

The new planes are in much better shape, fly faster, have amazing avionics, and have leather seats. It's training in supreme luxury and style.

[Edited 2004-03-27 23:06:34]


I'd rather be flying (real original)
User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7447 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4148 times:

When I flew to LAS in 2000,I made 2 stops (ORD & DEN) to fly on a 777 with UA . Also got to fly on my first 767 on the way back DEN-ORD.


'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineGigneil From United States of America, joined Nov 2002, 16347 posts, RR: 85
Reply 14, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4139 times:

I do it almost every time.

I will ALWAYS spend more to fly on a well-scheduled widebody, and I will always pay more to not fly on a Classic 737.

N


User currently offlineSinlock From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 1637 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4081 times:

I was flying on Delta, the first time I went to London I paid $7.00 more to fly on my first 777 rather than an 763.




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User currently offlineDazed767 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5489 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4065 times:

I've flown just to fly on the last (and paid):

Delta L1011
Delta 727
and
AA 727 flights

I paid $240 one way to fly on my first 777 (delta) in Biz-Elite. I'll pay more for an itinerary if there is a widebody (lets say 763 over a 757 trans-con).


User currently offlineAnsettAW From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 205 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

I've changed plans, overlooked other carriers, and paid slightly more to fly United 744/777 domestic flights. I only wish there were more opportunities to fly short-haul 744.


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User currently offlineAviationfreak From Netherlands, joined Nov 2003, 1166 posts, RR: 41
Reply 18, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4028 times:

I paid 97 Euro for a triangle flight with EZY just to fly their 319s. This triangle flight was actually cheaper then a return flight and from an aviation fan point of view I never mind to fly three segments instead of two.
I've never had a flight with an Airbus and now I fly 2 segments (AMS-GVA-LTN).

Aviationfreak



I love both Airbus and Boeing as much as I love aviation!
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4019 times:

Of course. Sometimes I paid more to get a certain airline/airplane/airport, there are too many examples to mention and I will not know how many money I spent to get certain airlines/airplanes and airport  Smile/happy/getting dizzy.

Patrick


User currently offlineFlyingNanook From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 830 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 3968 times:

It's more often that I pay extra not to fly on a certain airplane, especially MD-80's. If it's not too much more expensive and there is a plane that I haven't flown on before, I'll choose the new plane.


Semper ubi sub ubi.
User currently offlineConcord977 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1261 posts, RR: 26
Reply 21, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3909 times:


When AA used to have MD-11s, I would sometimes double-connect to get on one.

I also flew on MGM Grand Air DC-8s 3 times between LAX and JFK. I only did that to experience the DC-8 before it was too late.

I intended to fly Corsair's 747SP between LAX and CDG, but I waited too long.




Curt / concord977
Washington, DC






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User currently offlineAviaar From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 244 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3867 times:

It's more often that I pay extra not to fly on a certain airplane, especially MD-80's.

Hey Nanook,

Why don't you like the MD80 so much? I don't mean to be critical at all. I like the plane a lot and I never take the time to consider its bad parts, although I'm sure there are many.

~Aviaar~



I'd rather be flying (real original)
User currently offlineSyncmaster From United States of America, joined Jul 2002, 2019 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 3843 times:
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About $50 extra r/t to fly on the 772 and 763, from SBN to SEA on UA, had to make one extra stop, and it took more time, but what do I care?

The routing ended up being SBN-ORD BAe-146 (AWAC), ORD-DEN 772, DEN-SEA 752 and return SEA-DEN 763, DEN-ORD 772, ORD-SBN CRJ (ACA)

Had a lot of "first's" on this trip, the 146, 772, 763, and CRJ. This was last June. Was very pleased I spent the extra money to get on these flights, I really liked to 763, but obviously just the shear power alone of the 772 made it MORE then worth the money.


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3173 posts, RR: 12
Reply 24, posted (10 years 3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3780 times:

I few times in the past,
Back in January 2004 I flew Auckland-Wellington-Christchurch to fly on ATR72 of Origin Pacific when I could have flown direct and saved $20.00



Why fly non stop when you can connect
25 VC745d : I'm only interested in commercial aviation now, not passionate, and these days look for nonstops, even if it means a RJ. But from the minute I could m
26 AirbusfanYYZ : I always try to book myself on specific aircraft when flying domestically when possible. I arrange my monthly YYZ-YVR runs on AC 330s or 340s. Cheers,
27 Post contains images Chepos : I paid 30.00 extra to fly on US Airways for the first time ( MCO-CLT-SJU), it will also be my first time on the A321 and A320. I could have gotten a c
28 Post contains images UTA_flyingHIGH : Rhaa, I just paid 400+ Euro to fly to GVA (CMF is my final destination) just to have the A318. Hope that I get the jumpseat UTA
29 Doninfc : I will pay a little extra (up to $100) to fly on a widebody. I will pay a lot extra to avoid a turbo prop, or fly to an alternate airport instead.
30 Sallecc : I will pay just a little extra (30USD), to change my return flight leg from KUL, to be AMS (with B747), not FRA (B772). Also, I've changed return from
31 Post contains images AndrewUber : In 1999, I was booked to fly on United from GEG-ORD, and the flight was overbooked. They asked for volunteers to get off the plane, and I went to the
32 KEno : Back in 1999 I really wanted to fly 777 and I got a chance to do that on LHR-BOS. Thankfully I didn't have to pay extra - I simply chose the 777 depar
33 Hz747300 : Absolutely. I had not flown the MD-11, but I wanted too especially with most of them being sold to freight companies. So when booking my ticket last C
34 Post contains images TransIsland : I'm currently thinking about changing my itinerary - and forking out a tad more money - just to fly on a 727 again.
35 JGPH1A : Yes - booked DL from ATL-BOS not Airtran, to go on a L1011 (DL b@stards changed it to a v manky 727 at the last minute !) I've selected quite a few ro
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