Railmatt From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 212 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1500 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.
B747-437B From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
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COboeing777 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 693 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1435 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.
Trickijedi From United States of America, joined May 2001, 3266 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1426 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!
MEA-707 From Netherlands, joined Nov 1999, 4416 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1403 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?
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).
PSU213 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1352 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.
United747-200 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 1346 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!
AerLingus From China, joined Mar 2000, 2371 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 5 days ago) and read 1311 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.
N400QX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 9 months 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1291 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.