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User currently offlineEajpecrca From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 10601 times:

An organization looking to move its members on the cheap gave me this itinerary for Feb 16-19:

2/16 PHL-DEN-LAS on Frontier.
2/19 LAS-SAN-PHL on HP and US.

The SAN-PHL portion was cancelled and became SAN-IAD-PHL on UA.

Then they realized that the connection would not work and now it's LAS-SAN-DEN-PHL.

How stupid is all this? I've got a mind not to go. 3 flights, leaving at 11 a.m. LAS and arriving in PHL at midnight.

I'm sure there are other stupid itineraries out there? Share?

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User currently offlineLASOctoberB6 From Japan, joined Nov 2006, 2380 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 10509 times:

i would go just so i can fly. but thats just me......


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User currently offlineCanadianPylon From Canada, joined May 2003, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10457 times:

Quoting Eajpecrca (Thread starter):
An organization looking to move its members on the cheap gave me this itinerary for Feb 16-19:

2/16 PHL-DEN-LAS on Frontier.
2/19 LAS-SAN-PHL on HP and US.

The SAN-PHL portion was cancelled and became SAN-IAD-PHL on UA.

Then they realized that the connection would not work and now it's LAS-SAN-DEN-PHL.

How stupid is all this? I've got a mind not to go. 3 flights, leaving at 11 a.m. LAS and arriving in PHL at midnight.

I'm sure there are other stupid itineraries out there? Share?

Personally, I'd be smiling from ear to ear about this, but then again, I'm one of those freaks that actually LIKES to fly!

The craziest booking I ever saw was one for a trip Las Vegas from Winnipeg. The return routing was LAS-YVR-(red-eye)-YYZ-YWG!! Talk about back-tracking! I may still do it (if I can find it again!)

CanadianPylon



Always looking for the longest route with the most transfers.
User currently offlinePhelpsie87 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 498 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10427 times:

Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 1):
i would go just so i can fly. but thats just me......

 checkmark   checkmark 

Quoting CanadianPylon (Reply 2):
Personally, I'd be smiling from ear to ear about this, but then again, I'm one of those freaks that actually LIKES to fly!

I'm with you guys...who cares, enjoy the flight!


User currently offlineSllevin From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 3376 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10390 times:

I enjoy flying, but I can certainly understand the annoyance when it's not something you've planned out or want.

Most organizations I've worked with will only make you take the cheaper connections if it gets you there with 2-3 hours of the one-stop or non-stop itinerary.

My personal rule is that if they'll work with me so I can accrue miles on the airlines I want, then I'll go out of my way. If they won't work with me, then I generally stick them with their own travel policy regardless of how expensive it is to them.

Steve


User currently offlineDurangoMac From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 713 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10373 times:

I saw one that was BOI-SLC-DRO on DL ( OO ) then DRO-DEN-BIL on UA ( YV ). This was of course just the going portion of the trip for this gentleman. It would really have been easier to skip the SLC-DRO-DEN legs.

User currently offlinePhoenixflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10340 times:

I did this to save money so its my own fault but my worst routing was when I went from PHX to NBO. It was PHX-IAH-EWR-LGW-DXB-NBO. DXB was a 15 hour layover. I left the night of the 24th and arrived the night of the 27th.

User currently offlineEFHK From Finland, joined Nov 2006, 392 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 10269 times:

Quoting Phoenixflyer (Reply 6):
I went from PHX to NBO. It was PHX-IAH-EWR-LGW-DXB-NBO. DXB was a 15 hour layover. I left the night of the 24th and arrived the night of the 27th.

And probably felt just a little bit jet lagged?  rotfl 



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User currently offlineEajpecrca From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10124 times:

Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 1):


"i would go just so i can fly. but thats just me......"

I enjoy flying too and normally wouldn't mind this but I've got a business to run and every day away at this time of the year costs me money. The trip is for an organization my spouse is involved in and I'm along for the ride! That's what I get for being so accommodating , I guess!

[Edited 2007-01-31 02:05:54]

User currently offlineB4REAL From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2637 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10124 times:

Those of you whom live in bigger markets may think that such routing is illogical, but for the majority of markets - more bizarre routes are the norm. I've flown:

GRR-ATL-SEA
GRR-ATL-BOS
GRR-EWR-SEA
GRR-MEM-RDU
GRR-MEM-LGA
GRR-DTW-MKE
GRR-DTW-ORD
DCA-MSP-MSN
....

Small town folk have it worse hombre.



B4REAL, spelled like it sounds
User currently offlineCV990A From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 1421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10113 times:

Trying to go from DC to Houston on Continental, they offered me BWI-EWR-CLE-IAH one way, and IAH-TPA-ATL-BWI. I declined these and simply flew BWI-IAH.


Kittens Give Morbo Gas
User currently onlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5051 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10082 times:

This past October I was checking some STL-TPA-STL flights and the cheapest fare was a UA/US combo STL-ORD-IAD-CLT-TPA-DCA-ORD-STL routing that was less than $200, including fees and taxes. I almost took it for the fun of it...but leaving STL and TPA before 7am on both ends was NOT appealing to me.


Next Up: STL-LGA-RIC-ATL-STL
User currently offlineBrenintw From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1629 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10075 times:

I did an around-the-world with an ex one year. We spent 10 days in the UK, and I completed the whole thing in 16 days. The routing was (all CX and AA):

TPE-HKG-LHR-New York-FLL-ATL-DFW-SFO-HKG-TPE (I can't remember if I only flew through JFK, or also used one of the other airports in New York).

The reason why I did it in such a compressed time was to attend a concert here in Taipei -- got back to find out that the concert was canceled!



I'm tired of the A vs. B sniping. Neither make planes that shed wings randomly!
User currently offlineEjmmsu From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 1692 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10020 times:

My craziest routing was a NW milage run..... CLT-MEM-MSP-LAX 4 hour layover then red-eye LAX-DTW-MSP-CLT

I left at noon on a friday, and got back to CLT at 1:30 pm on a saturday. I then went directly to the Shereton CLT airport and slept from 4pm until 5:30 am



"If the facts do not conform to the theory, they will have to be disposed of"
User currently offlinePanAm747 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 4242 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 10018 times:

Well, you can say you are one of the VERY small number of people who have connected through SAN!!

If you really don't want the itinerary, call the airline. Explain that the original itinerary has changed to one that is "a bit inconvenient". Ask politely if the agent could change your flights to an itinerary that is a bit closer to the original one you had. If you can offer an alternate schedule (including flight numbers and times), you have increased your chances of success.

I have had this situation happen several times. The original bookings were cancelled, and the computer generated a new schedule. Every single time I have called the airline (and a different one each time!!), and every time I have had my schedule changed without charge. Twice with United, once with American, and twice with America West.

Whatever your situation - happy flying!!  cloudnine 



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User currently offlinePtugarin From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 326 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9973 times:

I've had an itinerary that looked like MHT - IAD - SFO - SAN in order to get from BOS to SAN for cheap, I left home around 5am EST and got to SAN around 7pm PST. I absolutely loved it!

User currently offlineB52murph From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 241 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9965 times:

While not long-haul, I did EWR-MHT in the days of Independence Air routed the familiar EWR-IAD and IAD-MHT with a 3 hour layover @ Dulles! Might have been fun if I wasn't on a time crunch and did not want to spend the WHOLE DAY travelling.  no 

User currently offlineDrerx7 From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5173 posts, RR: 8
Reply 17, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9952 times:

Here are my crazy ones:
BNA-JFK-HOU (B6)
LAS-ATL-IAH (DL)
HOU-DTW-BOS-ZRH-PMI
HOU-MAF-ABQ-LAS-SAN
IAH-EWR(overnight)-SXM



Third Coast born, means I'm Texas raised
User currently offlineLincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 18, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 9935 times:

Quoting Eajpecrca (Thread starter):
I'm sure there are other stupid itineraries out there? Share?

I didn't actually book it, but once when I was living in So.Cal. and looking at visiting my grandparents (outside of Medford, OR) Alaska's website offered me (as the #1 choice)

LAX-PDX-SEA-PDX-MFR-PDX-SEA-PDX-LAX....

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 14):
Well, you can say you are one of the VERY small number of people who have connected through SAN!!

Yeah! It should be a privelage for you to take that itinerary  Smile

Lincoln



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User currently offlineEWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5523 posts, RR: 56
Reply 19, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9870 times:

Keep in mind certain low fares require very strange and circuitous routings. Companies (and people) to get the lowest fare will find routings all over the place.

Years ago (late 80's), we had a $99 student fare from EWR-SEA. The routing was EWR-CLE-DEN-SEA or EWR-IAH-DEN-SEA. We had students and the like galore on these routings for that price.



You can't cure stupid
User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6370 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9850 times:

Quoting PanAm747 (Reply 14):
Well, you can say you are one of the VERY small number of people who have connected through SAN!!

Haven't flown WN much, I take it...WN connects wherever two flights going where you need to go connect (Wright Ammendment excluded)  spin 



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineGulfstreamguy From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 646 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9838 times:

Before WN had LIT-LAS nonstop service, I flew LIT-DAL-ABQ-PHX-LAS!! Then I flew LAS-PHX-ABQ-LBB-DAL-LIT!! That was awesome because just like LASOctoberB6 said, I just love to fly! I was flying non-rev but I could have flown on a shorter route but I enjoyed that even more!

GulfstreamGuy



"If we couldn't laugh, we would all go insane. " -Jimmy Buffett
User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3590 posts, RR: 10
Reply 22, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9840 times:

I once flew SAV-ATL-SCL-EZE-POA-FLN in order to get to Florianopolis Brasil on a Delta award ticket (luckly in business class).

User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1656 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9823 times:

Quoting LASOctoberB6 (Reply 1):
i would go just so i can fly. but thats just me......

Same here.



Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (7 years 6 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 9811 times:

Some of you guys have some wild trips... My worst was EWR-IAH-MCO during the hurricanes a couple years back...

25 Malaysia : I turned down a good deal to LAX once, cause I could not stand the risk of my bag eventually being lost. BWI-CVG-ATL-IAD-LAX on DL, FL, and UA via Tra
26 SHUPirate1 : The most bizarre I've ever done is probably a toss-up between PHF-ORF-LGA (was originally PHF-CLT-LGA, but I got VDBed on PHF-CLT, and was rerouted vi
27 Post contains images B52murph : Not to get off-topic, but does PHF-ORF beat the SFO-OAK route for shortest scheduled route? I was in that area last week and drove from Newport News
28 HPAEAA : when I was working for AA and trying to get home from training, the only route that was avalible to confim was DFW-ICT-ORD-CLE, my boss tried 8 routes
29 Usa4624 : My personal best 'stupid' itinerary is SLC-PHX-ELP-IAH-AUS on America West.
30 MaidensGator : About four years ago I wanted MCO-LGW. VS and BA non-stop were about $750. AA routed me MCO-DFW-LGW for $400.
31 Chi-town : My brother had to fly DL ORD-ATL-PHX for his band trip. They left before us and we got to PHX waaay before them. Of course we took ORD-PHX on HP
32 WesternA318 : Back in 1996, I was looking for tix to Greece from SLC. The intinerary I found and purchased was: SLC-LAX Delta They even lost my suitcase! LAX-MEX Ae
33 DeltAirlines : I've gone from GSO to LAX via ATL, PHX and SLC before (all on DL). Of course, it was a mileage run, so I maximized segments to maximize miles. I've al
34 Post contains images JerseyGuy : For Cheaper fares I've done EWR-CLE-TPA RSW-CVG-EWR In order to use a first class upgrade I've done RSW-GSO-DCA-EWR (I would have done GSO-EWR but thi
35 DeltaGator : I once did ATL-PDX-SEA just so I could fly an MD-11 in BizElite on DL. Not really bizarre but didn't need to be done. Not sure all the guidelines you
36 Scoliodon : My craziest routing was DFW-EWR-SFO, but tat was bcos hurricane Rita was supposed to hit IAH. My friend travelled ORD-LAS-BOS and BOS-DEN-ORD
37 HPAEAA : holy hell lol, you just reminded me of my one routing with HP, it was around Turkey day, and had to get to Boston, so I flew CLE-PHX-BOS to get there
38 DL787932ER : After a few unnecessary routings on, let's say, "non-preferred" airlines, and one time where I threw away the other half of a return ticket from Europ
39 KELPkid : You sure you didn't mean WN? Last I checked, ELP only has service on HP to PHX and LAS...unless, of course, this was back in the days when they were
40 LAXdude1023 : Ill remember that next time I feel like complaining that we at LAX only have 3 nonstops to HKG a day.
41 LASOctoberB6 : but dont ya see? thats the thing, ya gotta plan for mishaps!!
42 Post contains images Azstagecoach : I just finished an MR DCA-EWR-FLL-IAH-SFO. Not too crazy I know, but it was a nice way to make a great big loop around the country  [Edited 2007-01-3
43 777klm : Continental.com: try to book a flight from AMS to BCN (i thought they would offer KLM flights as well), you'll get: AMS-EWR-BCN
44 Turk223 : CO has some absoultely stupid routings come up for PVD-BGI flights (when CO operated EWR-BGI)... The worst was PVD-CLE, overnight, CLE-EWR and then EW
45 FlyDekker : Count me in as one of those guys who would have loved that itinerary!
46 MSYtristar : Oh man i've had a lot of crazy routings over the years... MSY-ORD-DUB-LHR-ORD-MSY (35 hour trip) MSY-IAD-LAX-SEA-MCO-IAH-MSY (28 hour trip) MSY-IAH-HN
47 777MAX : Well, I also as a person trying to save money (and enjoy the trips) took this insane return trip back home to CCS. Since DL decided to change flight t
48 Stylo777 : I already checked in a man who came from WAW with LO to FRA, than continue to DXB with EK. In DXB transiting to CMN and than continue to DKR.
49 Chuchoteur : Air france offered me a frequent flier miles flight once... TLS-NTE-CDG-MAN was almost tempted to accept, then switched to TLS-MAN with BMI...
50 ZschocheImages : Everytime I book a trip I try to have some sort of crazy itinerary. My craziest was probably Richmond, VA - DTW - CLE - MSP - MLI. A few other crazy r
51 Post contains images MDW717 : When you non-rev and have to get back to work, you take what you can get, which is why I've flown DFW-MCO-MDW, SAV-ATL-MSP-MDW, AUS-BNA-HOU-ATL-MDW an
52 DiscoverCSG : Forget roundabout itineraries ... this sounds like another degree of punishment altogether.
53 Post contains images Flight7e7 : Well, under my own volition-in Dubai right now, EK over-service was excellent, however dying to get on the SQ new FC, so DXB-SIN-SFO-PHL. A bit wild a
54 FCYTravis : I quite often route OAK-LAX-SFO-onward. An easy extra two segs/1k EQMs/2k RDMs.
55 Aviateur : LaGuardia to Boston. Via Detroit. It was a non-rev routing, but still. PS
56 Hannigan : I was non-reving MCO-IAD on JetBlue last year and ended up going: MCO-BUR-drive-LGB-BOS-IAD
57 Post contains images Malaysia : I take it, DH was long gone and could not get you back to IAD?
58 CXA330300 : The worst I've seen was on this forum, TLV-LCA-BEY-CAI rather than TLV-CAI, including a lot of hustle in LCA to avoid the detection of presence in Isr
59 Post contains images SABE : How about SYD-NRT-DFW-TUS ? It was a lot cheaper than SYD-LAX-TUS plus a got a ton of miles out of it
60 Jano : TYS-DTW-LEX-DTW-MSP-LAX and back LAX-MSP-SDF-DTW-TYS, which was by $400 cheaper than TYS-DTW-LAX and back LAX-DTW-TYS, which was $800+
61 Floridaflyboy : That's interesting. The whole CO hub structure in one shot! I live in Montana and go to school at ERAU in Daytona and fly BIL-SLC-ATL-DAB 7 or 8 time
62 Continental123 : Booked with a tour group from Miami to Shanghai a few months ago. My itenrary is FLL - IAD - CDG - PEK - PVG and back is PVG - PEK - NRT - IAH - MIA
63 ADent : You actually flew this and connected thru the same airport twice on the same trip?
64 Post contains images Jano : Yup The system connected 2 very cheap itins: TYS-LEX + SDF-TYS and LEX-LAX + LAX-SDF.
65 Eastbay : Flew ANC-STL-DFW-TUS on AA a few years back- my company offered something more direct but I wanted the AAdvantage miles. One time, that same company b
66 Post contains images Airtrainer : Wait... Who are you working for ? Back to the topic, I once had to choose between BRU-LIS or BRU-MUC-LIS for the same price, but it was for a holiday
67 Bqnco : try this on AA... MAZ-SJU-JFK-LAX-HNL(2 Nights @ HNL)HNL-OGG-LAX-DFW-BTR on my return... BTR-DFW-SFO-SEA-LAX-SJU-MAZ MAZ-SJU-LAX(got a tour of L.A the
68 Turk223 : Here's a good one... I once did BOS-YYZ-CVG-MDW on Comair. Yuch!
69 Vatveng : I don't think it's scheduled anymore, but US used to have a Dash-8 that ran CLT-ORF-PHF. You couldn't book the ORF-PHF segment separately, but if you
70 Post contains images Thegooddoctor : PHX-DTW-BOS-AMS-LHR-MXP-ATH Returning ATH-MXP-LHR-JFK-MSP-PHX Beat that
71 Brenintw : Try booking TPE - GUM on CO ... I think the last time I looked that up (thinking it was a code-share with BR) it wanted to route me TPE - LAX - HNL -
72 B52murph : This reminds me of another good one, back in 1988 or '89 when UA first started 732 service to SAV. I was booked UA BOS-IAD-SAV, but (as often happens
73 PanAm330 : Got this the other day when looking for a nice joyride to Germany in March: DAB-ATL-BOS-JFK-TXL-JFK-ATL-DAB Not the craziest one i've seen, but it cer
74 Longhornmaniac : Doing this in May/June: AUS-DFW 757 DFW-MIA 777 overnight MIA-SXM 757 6 days in SXM (woohoo! FINALLY! I GET TO GO!) SXM-SJU ATR 72 SJU-MIA A300-600 MI
75 S5FA170 : I was working over Chistmas on a trip that went in and out of Denver (FUN!!!). On Christmas day, I had a gentleman on one of my flights that got rerou
76 NorthstarBoy : on a recent trip on US, my first in like 12 years, i flew Den-Phl-Pwm, the next day i was supposed to fly Pwm-Clt-Den, well, Denver was hit with a sno
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