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Amazing Race And The Airlines  
User currently offlineDeltaLVr From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10830 times:

The 13th Season of the Amazing Race comes to CBS on the 28th! Probably one of my favorite shows ever created! One really huge reason is that you get to see tons of airplanes while you watch because the contestants are scattering the Earth finding different clues to lead them to the 1 million dollar price. They've gone to some pretty exotic places over the seasons.

Does anyone know how the show does this though? Teams on the show get these special passes and they dont have to pay for any plane ticket at all, but cant sit in first or business class. Do the contestants pay for this before the show or does the show pay the airlines a certain amount to reserve the amounts of seats?

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W.

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User currently offlinePlunaCRJ From Uruguay, joined Nov 2007, 574 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 10814 times:

Well, maybe the cameraman that follows each team pays the airline in behalf of the show. That´s how I personally think it is done.

User currently offlineFLYjoe From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 291 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10754 times:

I believe each team has a credit card of some sort that they use for the arrangements, since they are all responsible for booking their own flights. The only requirement as mentioned is to sit in coach class. I remember a few seasons ago, the only space available on a flight was in business class and they booked it. They ended up being penalized for it at the check-in.

I agree, this is one of my favorite shows as well. I enjoy all of the airlines/airplanes though show too. They are somewhat accurate on their footage of airlines and country. As expected, they will also miss it with the occasional LH A340 on a flight from Santiago to Argentina. It's still a great show though.


User currently offlineAFKL From Netherlands, joined Feb 2008, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10727 times:

I have never heard of this show before. What is it exactly about?

Sounds pretty awesome though  Smile

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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10711 times:
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On the first leg and on hard-to-find-seat trips, the producers will pre-book the seats and the contestants only have to collect their boarding passes.

On other legs, the teams each have one travel card they use to pay for their air fare. Most of the camera crews are local hires that do not travel with the teams. Since crews change so often (there are over 1,000 people around the world involved in the production of a season in one capacity or another), it is easier to let the teams pay for their own travel expenses (and that allows for mistakes such as buying first-class tickets).

Quoting DeltaLVr (Thread starter):
but cant sit in first or business class.

Small correction, they can sit anywhere they want, but they can only pay coach fare. The most... enterprising teams have been able to convince air crews to give them a mid-air upgrade to get out of the plane ahead of everyone else and gain a relative advantage.

Quoting DeltaLVr (Thread starter):
Do the contestants pay for this before the show

The contestants do not pay to be on the show.

Quoting FLYjoe (Reply 2):
I enjoy all of the airlines/airplanes though show too. They are somewhat accurate on their footage of airlines and country.

Somewhat ? You're being generous. While the editing is generally excellent (how often do you see a production crew member in a shot depsite the often chaotic conditions under which the show is taped), matching airline and airliner to country and route is the least of their priority, such as an early morning shot of "NCE" with three QF tails in the background, or the near-constant use of widebodies to illustrate contestants' journeys from one country to the next.



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User currently offlineIAHcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3434 posts, RR: 41
Reply 5, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10654 times:
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Quoting AFKL (Reply 3):
What is it exactly about?

http://www.cbs.com/primetime/amazing_race/

The website will provide the details, but simply put:

Teams of two race around the world. They receive instructions as they go, telling them where to go and/or a task to complete to get the next set of instructions. Teams arriving last at pit stops are eliminated. First team to cross the finish line win $1,000,000 .

I have a coworker who is friends with the winners of Season 7.



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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10653 times:
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Quoting AFKL (Reply 3):
I have never heard of this show before. What is it exactly about?

Around 10 groups of two people (friends or relatives) racing from clue to clue around the world, starting and finishing in the US, with the winner collecting a $1 million prize. The race is divided in a number of legs, at the end of which the last team is generally eliminated, until there are three teams left to compete for the final leg. Each leg includes visiting several landmarks where they either have to perform some sort of task, often physical and related to the country or city they're in, but not always, or get to rest for 24 hours. Once a task is completed, the teams get their clue for the next landmark.

In my opinion, the first season was the best because the clues could be hard to decypher, and at the end, one team was more than 24 hour behind the winning team. To maintain the suspense, clues are now easier and can be as simple as "Get out of the airport and find the next clue box at the town hall." Of course, sometimes it doesn't matter how easy it is, teams literally walk right by the clue box and miss it (about the size of a newspaper dispenser). Producers also use other tricks, such as having a leg begin in the middle of the night, with the first stop a nearby landmark that doesn't open until 10 to allow late teams to catch up with the first team.

Part of the attraction of the show is that the teams are carefully selected to make their personality an element of the show. You can always count on cute dumb blondes who say they're not dumb (and sometimes are not), friends/relatives whose relationship is on the rock, an old couple who promises to do better than all the other old couples before, young, buff and stupid guys who look gay, hippies, etc...

The show has been syndicated in many countries and is very popular, to a point that the previous season's itinerary was known almost in its entirety before it was publicly announced as the contestants and crews were spotted from location to location.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amazing_race



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User currently offlineDeltAirlines From United States of America, joined May 1999, 8902 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10639 times:

I wonder how FF status comes into play on this type of show...if one of the participants is a 1K on UA or EXP on AA, then I wonder if they would be allowed to use their SWUs/eVIPs to upgrade their coach fare. Would seem like a wise move to do, since (a) you get the jump in getting off the plane early and (b) for long-haul travel and then having to go out right away and complete some endurance tasks, you get a lot more rest in F/J than in Y.

User currently offlineIAHcsr From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3434 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10610 times:
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Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 6):
stupid guys who look gay, hippies, etc...

.... I point out that SMART guys who ARE gay won Season 4. ...
... Hippies won Season 10 .. (or was it 11? ..)  eyebrow 



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User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 10537 times:

I love this show and cant wait until the next season starts here in the UK.

Im always quite jealous of them because they get to go on some exotic airlines such as Ethiopian and the like. I'd love to have the chance to apply for the show



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User currently offlineDeltaLVr From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 27 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 10472 times:

Quoting IAHcsr (Reply 8):
Hippies won Season 10 .. (or was it 11? ..)

No that was Season 9.

Season 10 was Tyler and James -- The 2 Model Friends
Season 11 was the All Stars from the past 10 seasons (excluding # 8 b/c that was for familys only). Eric and Danielle won that one (formally from Season 9 which the Hippies Won).

  

[Edited 2008-09-21 12:17:48]

User currently offlineTeme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 10384 times:
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Quoting DeltaLVr (Thread starter):
Does anyone know how the show does this though? Teams on the show get these special passes and they dont have to pay for any plane ticket at all, but cant sit in first or business class. Do the contestants pay for this before the show or does the show pay the airlines a certain amount to reserve the amounts of seats?

They have credit cards from the production company and they can only use them for the airline tickets. Economy class only!

Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 4):
On the first leg and on hard-to-find-seat trips, the producers will pre-book the seats and the contestants only have to collect their boarding passes.

Yeah they usually have own check-in desk at the airport's terminal(s).



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User currently onlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7376 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 10354 times:

I love the show but would much prefer it if Phil spoke in his natural kiwi accent, the american one he puts on sounds plain wrong. I remember him when he was a music and childrens tv present back in the 80's.

User currently offlineAFKL From Netherlands, joined Feb 2008, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 10299 times:



Quoting BlueFlyer (Reply 6):
Around 10 groups of two people (friends or relatives) racing from clue to clue around the world, starting and finishing in the US, with the winner collecting a $1 million prize. The race is divided in a number of legs, at the end of which the last team is generally eliminated, until there are three teams left to compete for the final leg. Each leg includes visiting several landmarks where they either have to perform some sort of task, often physical and related to the country or city they're in, but not always, or get to rest for 24 hours. Once a task is completed, the teams get their clue for the next landmark.

Sounds fairly similar to a TV show we had in The Netherlands, only in this show instead of taking the plane to go to various locations around the world, the teams had to hitch-hike from one place to the other, following a particular route. Of course it also conatined the fair share of both physical and mental challenges where teams could win medals (which if they won the competition could exchange for cash, one medal being worth 10,000 euros). Routes could go from St. Peterburg to Beijing, across India or across South America. Great show, although I gave up watching it as one season followed the other.

ALLARD.



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User currently offlineBa97 From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 377 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8697 times:

I remember looking at the rules and anyone who is a frequent flier can not compete. If you know how airlines, hotels and ground transport work, booking et al, you can work the system in many ways to your advantage. I remember one show in early seasons people were waiting for ticket offices in Asia to open and they could have phoned another time zone like North America and locked in a seat. Obvious status with carriers could also allow you to manouver in ways the common person would not dream of.

It is an outstanding show regardless of editting gaffs and general shots which are fillers and clearly not right.



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User currently offlineJ_Hallgren From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1507 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8412 times:

BTW, for the 6th yr, Amazing Race won the Emmy Award for Reality show category tonight!


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User currently offlineAviators99 From United States of America, joined May 2008, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 7704 times:

Love the show...however, the A/C editing is a horrible combination of stock footage and mismatched A/C. Teams seem to take off from Hong Kong in a 747 and land in Frankfurt in a DC-9! I get a kick out of it...

By the way, if you love Amazing Race, you should check out Amazing Race Asia. You can find the episodes on YouTube, but they are broken up into parts. If you are resourceful, you can probably find full episodes floating around. Amazing Race Asia Season 2 is the best AR season (of any country) since US season 1. It is in English, btw.


User currently offlinePlatinumfoota From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 556 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 7537 times:
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Quoting IAHcsr (Reply 5):
Teams of two race around the world. They receive instructions as they go, telling them where to go and/or a task to complete to get the next set of instructions. Teams arriving last at pit stops are eliminated.

Sounds like Non-Revving on United  duck 



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User currently offlineADent From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 1384 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (5 years 12 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7072 times:

One team got the airline to upgrade someone else to business and pay full coach for themselves when coach was full and business had seats available.

User currently offlineNorthstarBoy From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1832 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6641 times:
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Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
I wonder how FF status comes into play on this type of show...if one of the participants is a 1K on UA or EXP on AA, then I wonder if they would be allowed to use their SWUs/eVIPs to upgrade their coach fare. Would seem like a wise move to do, since (a) you get the jump in getting off the plane early and (b) for long-haul travel and then having to go out right away and complete some endurance tasks, you get a lot more rest in F/J than in Y.

i suspect it doesn't. the contestants don't even know where they're going until they start each leg and open the envelope, and the last thing they're going to be thinking about is miles or alliance loyalty, they want the fastest way to get where they're going, and that means accepting a ticket on any airline. They have to buy their tickets at the last minute, often from local travel agents or ticket counters, and i'd suspect that the amount of time lost in going to a lounge and waiting, even if it is relaxing, would possibly get them eliminated. Finally, i suspect the ban on paid first and business class travel also extends to any type of mileage upgrade, as that might be considered a form of "payment."

[Edited 2008-09-22 02:29:12]

[Edited 2008-09-22 02:30:04]


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User currently offlineBBADXB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6576 times:

I loved watching AR occasionally. Unfortunately, I do not have much time for that these days!

User currently offlineLuka From Serbia, joined Aug 2006, 185 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6522 times:

It's a great show. I heard they won their sixth consecutive emmy this morning. I think, as someone mentioned they have a credit card and pay with that and it's interesting to see how some airline's look from the inside, especially those lesser known carriers from Africa. They air it here on TV in Serbia but we are far away from the season in the US  Sad

User currently offlineMilesDependent From Australia, joined Sep 2001, 856 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6474 times:



Quoting NorthstarBoy (Reply 19):
the contestants don't even know where they're going until they start each leg and open the envelope

They must have some idea of a few places, because a lot of countries require visas in the passport in advance. EG: This season they are going to Russia and India, so those visas must be in their passport at the start of the race. Same for China among many others in previous races.


User currently offlineTeme82 From Finland, joined Mar 2007, 1527 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6143 times:
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Quoting MilesDependent (Reply 22):

They must have some idea of a few places, because a lot of countries require visas in the passport in advance. EG: This season they are going to Russia and India, so those visas must be in their passport at the start of the race. Same for China among many others in previous races.

They usually have multiple Visas on their passports. Some of them are just decoys to confuse the participants. I've heard a rumor that they have around 8 to 10 different Visa's on their passports and they only use few of them.



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User currently offlineBlueFlyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 4000 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (5 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5903 times:
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Quoting DeltAirlines (Reply 7):
I wonder how FF status comes into play on this type of show..

It doesn't. You cannot use FF status, pre-existing personal relationships or your own funds. In some cases, you also need to abide by either a white list or black list of carriers and/or routes. There are a number of additional restrictions to rule out loopholes or "outside the box" thinking, such as attempting to ride a cargo flight or buying out someone else's ticket.

I guess if you're really concerned about your mileage, you can save your boarding passes and request retroactive credit after the race is over (I don't think there's a rule against that) but if you try and take your FF card with you, it will most likely be found and confiscated during pre-race or random inspection.



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25 DeltaLVr : All in All, I think the show deserved the Emmy. Although I agree with Aviators99, it is really funny how you see the teams leave one place in one plan
26 Georgebush : This isnt true, I talked to people who have checked racers in before who were all traveling with FF accounts at least in that season. But I have seen
27 TISTPAA727 : BlueFlyer - how do you know so much about the show? Are you connected? Love the show and can't wait for it to start again and I for one would save eac
28 Coal : That is for the US version, but here in SE Asia we have The Amazing Race Asia, and as far as I know, all or most of the flights are booked on Air Asi
29 JAL : I'm so looking forward to this show!
30 YYZYYT : I didn't know he was from New Zealand (he disguises his accent well). That kind of thing comes up frequently, legs starting in the middle of the nigh
31 Spacecadet : He doesn't know any more than a regular reader of realityblurred.com would know I'm sure there are other sites like that out there too.
32 Fbgdavidson : As one might expect if you've been over there, Flyertalk has a big Amazing Race following and someone managed to find the rules. They states that eli
33 Andz : I remember one show they were trying to get out of JNB and the flight was full, the pair who couldn't get seats got quite abusive with the SAA check i
34 Tootallsd : One of the reasons I love this show is because it shows us all how we really are. We all sometimes think or say something like this. But then there a
35 Imapilotaz : For how very strange they were, they were actually some of the more "cultured" of all the teams, wanting to take an extra moment to enjoy where they
36 TISTPAA727 : LOL - good point!!
37 Teme82 : lol, perhaps I should used different words when saying the same thing ... :P
38 ArcrftLvr : Are the contestants limited to certain routes? For example, if they needed to get to London, can contestants elect to fly to any airport in London? Or
39 Post contains links Dfwcre8tive : Rules, found on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Amazing_Race * Teams must purchase economy class tickets for airfare. Teams are allowed to be upgrade
40 BlueFlyer : I don't work for the production company, I don't know any past contestant (or anyone who knows any past contestant), I have never attempted to be on
41 ADent : In the early seasons they were more open, but lately it tends to be more specific. I think this is to control odd routings that get teams too far ahe
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