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Longest Detour You Took To Fly From A To B  
User currently offlineS8222 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 24 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2534 times:

A friend of mine once flew AMS-YYZ.
He could have flown non-stop, but instead decided to fly AMS-JFK-DTW-YYZ on a KL/NW-combination to fly as many different types as possible.

Any other fanatics out there?

32 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineWirraway From Australia, joined Mar 2001, 1321 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2472 times:

1990, on a flight Sydney-Guam, due to a refuelers
strike in Sydney, Continental Micronesia diverted
to Fiji and then Honolulu after 2 days there, back
across the Pacific to Guam.


User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 2455 times:

Me and a friend have flown from Düsseldorf to San Francisco the route DUS-BRU-ATL-SFO on a SN/DL combination. We arrived in SFO after 24 hours. This trip was realy cool because we missed our connecting flight at ATL so we have to spend a couple of hours there, of cause we used the time for spotting.


User currently offlineOzarkD9S From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5362 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 2444 times:

we were supposed to go PIA-SUX-DEN. Instead we went PIA-SUX-ORD-DSM-ALO-DEN with 3 connections. On my Mom's nonrev Ozark pass.....I loved it

Now celebrating half a century of........ME!
User currently offlineS8222 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2001, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2429 times:

I once was set to fly AMS-LHR-JFK, then onwards EWR-MSP-LAX-HNL on a RJ/NW-combination. It was the cheapest ticket which would take me on a 36 hour trip, including a stay overnight in NY and a change-over from JFK to EWR.

Instead I decided to spend some more money on a BD/NZ-trip, which was still good for 20 hours...

User currently offlineCoyoteguy From Mexico, joined Oct 2001, 448 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2410 times:

Mykonos - ATH - JFK - MIA - DFW - ACA

Olympic, TWA, AA

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2380 times:

From Houston to Omaha via Phoenix
On America West.
It was the last time I ever let my legal aid book me a flight (my secretary is a bit of an enthusiast himself so he makes more rational choices).

One horrible trip was also Houston-Dallas-San Francisco-Tokyo-Singapore (on American/United/JAL).

User currently offlineRwy31R From Saudi Arabia, joined Aug 2001, 454 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2370 times:

SV's timetable states that RUH-NRT (not served by SV) would connect with JL at LHR!!!

I sure hope that is only a mistake! Imagine going from ME to Japan via UK  Nuts

I have never been on that route! but there is soemthing good about it.. You get to spot at LHR and NRT Big grin

"Saudia Three Five hold short Three One Right"
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8356 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2352 times:

Bahrein to Dubai via Beirut. BAH and DXB are about 100 mi apart - so instead of a 30 minute hop I did it a pair of three hour flights. Which you all would have done as well, since those two three hour flights were both 707s (this was in 94).

That was part of a five day trip which was:
SYD-MEL-MNL-BKK Philippines (all 747s)
BKK-BOM Air France (744 combi)
BOM-AUH-BAH Gulf Air (L1011)
DXB-LHR Pakistan Int'l (742).

Or Charlotte to London via Atlanta, JFK and Helsinki (yes) - CLT-ATL-JFK was Delta, JFK-HEL-LHR was Finnair. Groovy baby.

Pretty much a straight line, and all one ticket, but still interesting, London to Sydney:
LHR-AMS British Midland (735)
AMS-BKK-TPE China Air Lines (MD11)
TPE-SYD Mandarin (747SP).

fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlinePlatinum From Australia, joined Nov 2000, 51 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2331 times:

I once flew:

Cairns - Auckland - Nadi - Honolulu - Los Angeles - Gatwick

Was a cheap Air New Zealand Flight to get to Europe from Oz.

User currently offlineBoeing727 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 960 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2320 times:

I was flying on TWA from FRA to CVG; the first flight got delayed out of FRA and arrived @ JFK about 3 hours late. Eventually I flew, FRA - JFK - ORD - STL - CVG, quite a trip...


User currently offlineLubicon From Canada, joined Oct 2000, 197 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

Originally booked YEG-CUN (Cancun) via DFW. AA pulled out of YEG after we booked the tickets. Were re-routed YEG-YYC-YYZ-MIA-CUN on the way down, and CUN-DFW-YYZ-YEG on the way home.

User currently offlineRw774477 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1085 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2295 times:

IAD - EWR easy
IAD - DEN - LAX - IAH - MIA - DEN - EWR ( within 30 hours)
just to get a few hours @ MIA
 Big thumbs up


User currently offline777-200 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1024 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 2286 times:

Probly when i was going home from the UK the First time
we were on Standby and we didnt get on the flight for 2 days then we were on the Delta flight to Atlanta, then we were stuck in ATL for 3 days untill we could get on a plane to CVG.

Another Day, Another Dollar.... Young Jeezy
User currently offlineAmericawest123 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 2267 times:

Longest detour was from PHX - MCO via MSP on Northwest airlines.

User currently offlineAirT85 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

Flying from Philly to Atlanta non-rev on Delta...
BOS-JFK on BEX(i think it was BEX i was about 10....)
JFK-CVG on Delta
CVG-ATL on Delta

User currently offlineTg 747-300 From Norway, joined Nov 1999, 1318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2256 times:

I have flown OSL-CPH-LIS-Funchal (instead of the direct charter flight, because the time din't suit us)
I have also flown OSL-CPH-ZHR-Malaga instead of a probably shorter flight with only one connection.

tg 747-300

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User currently offlineFTraveler From United States of America, joined May 2001, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

If I recall correctly it was in 1979. Planned routing on Pan Am LHR-SFO-HNL. Because of the grounding of DC-10s, Pan Am was booked solid and I couldn't even book one segment. Pan Am re-routed me LHR-FRA-DEL-BKK-HKG-NRT-HNL. Arrived in HNL some 25+ hours later.

User currently offlineJsmith From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (13 years 7 months 1 day ago) and read 2213 times:

1998: Brisbane - London

possible: one stop via point in Asia eg Singapore on QF or BA or SQ etc


me - Royal Brunei B767-300ER routing:

Brisbane - Darwin - Brunei - Singapore - Dubai - London.

Total flying time - approx 27/5 hours!

User currently offlineTango-Bravo From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3811 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (13 years 7 months 16 hours ago) and read 2205 times:

My longest "detour" as a confirmed revenue pax was MSP-IAH-ATL and return on Continental in August, '94. The routing each way covered 1,723 miles whereas MSP-ATL non-stop is 906 miles. The detour saved my wife and I over $100 each compared to the lowest non-stop fares offered by NW and DL at the time. And our first segment, MSP-IAH, was on N69602, at the time a brand-new 737-500 and my first-ever flight on the type.
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Photo © Matthew Lee

However, my longest detour was as a non-rev space available pax on Alaska in February, 2000: PHX-SNA-PHX by the routing PHX-PDX-OAK-SNA-SEA-PHX, an odyessey totalling 3,954 miles covered in one day. PHX-SNA-PHX non-stop is 338 miles each way, 676 miles total. The trip included my first flights on 737-700 aircraft (N612AS and N611AS) and my first flights in and out of SNA, with its unique noise-abatement takeoff procedure that is mindful of what a catapault launch from an aircraft carrier must be like.
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User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (13 years 7 months 15 hours ago) and read 2194 times:

doing this on thanksgiving:

miami-chicago-newark-denver-las vegas

return is:

las vegas - los angeles - dulles - laparkinglot (LGA) -
chicago - miami

Other wierd routings:

Miami - Atlanta - Denver - Cedar Rapids - Chicago

I'm presently moving to Las Vegas, and a few flights go Ft Laud - Chicago - Denver - Las Vegas, some Ft Laud - Chicago - Los Angeles - Vegas. I'm just pissed I couldn't route myself via Palm Springs or Fresno  Sad

oh well... at least I maintain Premier Exec status for 2003!!!!

User currently offlineAA777-200 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 323 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (13 years 7 months 5 hours ago) and read 2181 times:

Well my roommate and I were bored one day so in about 25 hours we flew...

JFK-SFO AA 767-200
LAX-SJC AA 737-300
SJC-ORD AA 737-800

We left DTW at 6am spet about 2 hours in NYC then on to SFO and LAX where we were about 4 hours and back to ORD then to DTW and we were back about 7am the next morning! Talk about being TIRED! We love non-rev travel! We even got First on the JFK SFO and the SJC ORD! It was great!

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6402 posts, RR: 31
Reply 22, posted (13 years 7 months 4 hours ago) and read 2162 times:

Long only in percentage of "waste of time" (ex girlfriends words). WN has (had?) a flight from TUS-SAN with 3 stops. The routing was TUS-LAS-OAK-BUR-SAN. I don't know why she was worried. It was my time and she was already in San Diego waiting. I just couldn't explain to her why I would leave home 2 hours early to catch a plane that made "all those stops". I got into SAN about the same time of day as a nonstop, didn't pay more and had fun.

Quote : "If I have to explain, you wouldn't understand"

I am glad I was around to fly before de-regulation.
User currently offlineIronchain15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (13 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 2146 times:

Last year, my destination was MSY from MCI. I had already booked a flight from MCI to MCO, but changed my mind and wanted to go to MSY. The prices were outrageous from MCI to go to MSY, so I stayed with my flight to MCO and purchased a ticket from MCO to MSY. It was much cheaper doing it like this. Here is how the trip went.

MCI-CLT on US F-100; seven-hour layover in CLT
CLT-MCO on US 757; stayed the night in MCO
MCO-MSY on Comair CRJ the next day

The return trip was:

MSY-ATL on DL 757; about three hours in ATL
ATL-MCO on DL M11; placed in a two and a half hour holding pattern due to a severe storm in MCO. Finally landed at MCO, about three hours late. Stayed the night at MCO again.
MCO-CLT on US M82; two hours in CLT
CLT-MCI on US M81; finally back home

Would I do it again? Probably.

User currently offlineN17085 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (13 years 7 months 3 hours ago) and read 2146 times:


Could have gone non=stop, but I went AUS-IAH-DEN-ORD so I could fly on a heavy.

25 2cn : LAX-ATL-LAX but since I wanted to fly on Deltas BizElite again, we went from Pittsburgh, then to JFK, then back to LAX... had BizElite from Pitsburgh
26 JaseWGTN : I went on a system one training course in Houston and travelled home non rev and the only way to get home was on CO all the way except ZQ (The old Ans
27 Delta15 : Last winter we needed to get to Los Angeles from Richmond. We were non-reving, and could not get on any flights to Los Angeles from any point on delta
28 Post contains images Watewate : RDU-JFK-BOS-PHL-YYZ All in one time zone and on one day. Think I was exhausted? Hell ye! But it was the cheapest way to get to YYZ with only a couple
29 Post contains images ILuvYak40 : RDU-CVG-JFK-FRA-SIN-MAA on DL and SQ in June 1994 (my last DL L-1011 flight ever was the CVG-JFK ). Return was early the next month, MAA-SIN-AMS-JFK-A
30 Post contains images Staffan : My bedroom to the kitchen via the bathroom
31 MEL : One day while non-reving, I got stuck flying JFK-IAD, so I flew JFK-LAX-IAD. No kidding.
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