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Jet Hopping For Fun  
User currently offlineRailmatt From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 212 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Anybody like to just fly commercially all day for fun? Add new airlines, aircraft, and airports to your travel log? The new ORBITZ.COM comes up with some rather long, indirect, and multi-flight itineraries for not a lot of dough. It generally gives you hundreds to choose from.

Of course there are more direct ones, too.

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User currently offlineB747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1542 times:

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User currently offlineCOboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (14 years 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 1533 times:

well, one time I flew from EWR-IAH just to fly on a 777. got there and walked around the terminals, had some breakfast and got on my flight back to EWR on a DC10. I dont think I was in IAH for more than 2 hours. I left at 6 am and was back by around 3-4 pm.

I've also flown EWR-SEA and back just to see a baseball game and thats it. Of course I was non-revving so it didnt cost me anything but its kinda strange.

So, anyone else do weird things like this?

User currently offlineTrickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (14 years 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1524 times:

Actually, I used to do it a lot more back then 5 years ago or so. But I used to just go to nearby places such as MDW-CLE or something like that. Now, funds are a little more on the tight side with the family and all.

But the one thing I look forward to now is United's E-Fares which come out every Tuesday or so. I am specifically waiting for a great deal from ORD-SEA so I can check out Boeing Field just for the weekenmd and stay at some cheap hotel. But if a really GREAT fare pops up just to fly for the day, you bet I'll jump on it. I'll just take my camera, hang around the airport and wait for the return flight back.

Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
User currently offlineMEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4439 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (14 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1501 times:

Yes, I've done things like this. Taking pleasure flights. KLM used to have surprise trips within Europe for about $70, you don't know where you go and return with the same plane. Done that 3 times.
And even more fun was a oneday trip AMS-Las Palmas with Martinair for about $110. Flying times 5-9 AM and return 10 PM-2 AM next early morning! Spent all day in Las Palmas, spotting and sunbathing, and had 9 flying hours. (AMS-LPA is about 4,5 hours flying time). It was a special for readers of Scramble, a Dutch spotters magazine.
And of course I make detours just to fly certain aircraft. I flew MIA-ATL-MDW-BOS in one day just to get 722s of DL and ATA and an AirTran 717 in my logbook.
But thanks for the tips, I'll gonna experiment Orbitz then for my next US trip.

nobody has ever died from hard work, but why take the risk?
User currently offlineGodbless From Sweden, joined Apr 2000, 2753 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (14 years 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1485 times:

Last year I flew FRA-STR-FRA-ATH-FRA in one day jist to fly. It was on a Lufthansa A310-300 D-AIDF. It costed about 200 DM. The time I spent in the air was about 5 hours or maybe 6.

User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (14 years 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1474 times:

Multi-segment itineraries I have flown in one day since May, 1999, mostly for fun and to add new routes, aircraft and airports to my flight log - courtesy of my airline employee pass privileges:


Multi-segment itineraries flown within 24 hours:


Highlights of these odysseys include flights opb N960AS, the 1,000th MD-80 built, and Horizon Air DH-8 Q400 N403QX less than one month after QX became the first carrier in North America to offfer service with the type. ANC-LAX nonstop was my first U.S. domestic flight of equal distance and duration to a trans-continental nonstop service (at 2,333 miles, ANC-LAX compares with BWI-LAX at 2,328 miles).

User currently offlinePSU213 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1450 times:


I though I was nuts for flying just for the sake of flying. I don't do it very often, but now and then if a really low fare appears, I will take it just for fun. Anyway, glad to see that I'm not alone.

User currently offlineAirlinelover From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 5580 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (14 years 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

I wish I could, but just dont have any money... Also, Tango-Bravo, what airline were those on?

Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
User currently offlineUnited747-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (14 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1444 times:

I am going to, but it might not be for no reason though. I have always joked around with my parents saying "I wish I could fly Singapore Airlines First Class", and just tonight they said, "I tell you what, when you graduate, that day you'll be on a that flight." I was so excited! Good thing this thread came up!


User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (14 years 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 1446 times:


To answer your question concerning my earlier reply to the topic "Jet Hopping For Fun"...

22MAY99 - PDX-GEG and 05MAR01 - GEG-PDX-RDM-PDX were on Horizon Air

03JUL99 - PHX-LAX and 10JUL99 - LAX-PHX were on America West

13JUN00 - LAX-PHX and 30SEP00 - LAX-PHX were on Southwest

All other flights were on Alaska Airlines.

User currently offline717-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 601 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (14 years 6 days ago) and read 1419 times:

Here is a roundabout way I went home from TYS to GSO this past Febuary courtesy of my generous pass privleges:

TYS-PIT USAirways Express DO-328
PIT-LGA AirTran Boeing 717-200
LGA-DCA USAirways Shuttle A320-200
DCA-GSO USAirways DHC-8-100

72S 733 734 735 73G 738 742 752 763 E190 M82 M83
User currently offlineAerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (14 years 6 days ago) and read 1409 times:

As soon as I'm old enough, I imagine I could hop on the train to Oakland and fly WN to Seattle for some spotting, family visiting and then fly back 6 hours or so later. It's only a 1.5 hour flight, anyway. I could probably do it for around $140 rt.

Get your patchouli stink outta my store!
User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (14 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

I did an ATL-CDG trip on Air France outbound and Delta comin back. I spent 1 hr and 25 minutes at CDG. I had time to grab a snack and that was it! Good fun, but many say that it's nuts and I am nuts.

User currently offlineSushka From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 4784 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (14 years 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1398 times:

The only planes that I have done joy riding on so far is Cessna 172s. But In August I plan to go to London on Northwest and have lunch and come home with my sister and her buddy passes  Big grin

Pershoyu Spravoyu Litaki!
User currently offlineN400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (14 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1389 times:

Tango-Bravo... you're so lucky to fly on the Q400!!! I've been wanting to find an excuse to take a flight on one since in went into service.

As far as flying for fun goes-- I think it is kind of funny. Yeah, Mom, I'm just going to Chicago for a while... I'll be back for dinner. I guess it sounds like fun, but I'd rather actually go somewhere.

User currently offlineWentona777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (14 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1382 times:

Just bought BWI-CVG-IND-ATL-TPA-FLL-MCO-ATL-BWI for September 1.

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