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Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 8:09 am

I am planning the following and need to know if it would work.
Getting to the airport with no reservation, going to customer service of any airline (prob delta for milage purposes) asking "give me a ticket to anywere that it is cheap to leave as soon as posible (pref. europe)".

I guess my questions are :

1. If you do that can you get decent ticket prices?
2. Is it even posible due to security

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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 9:20 am

In Australia, when Ansett I was still around, they had these dirt-cheap 'mystery flights' where people would pay a certain amount of money, and told to pack for any weather condition. They didn't find out their destination until they were airborne, as I heard, and they would remain for less than 24 hours before returning home.
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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 9:35 am

I would imagine it's possible. The ticket agents would probably be really annoyed, since they'd have to help you search for the lowest fare. I imagine they'd be highly suspicous, especially if you had no luggage, even more so if it was a one way, but I don't think it would be illegal.

I don't think it would be cheap, I think it would be expensive as hell. Sounds like something you 'd do if you were wanted for a crime. I wonder if they would alert the authorities.

Why not just get a web fare if you have all this spare time to be running off to airports for flights to anywhere and save yourself the hassle and money.
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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:14 pm

I took a flight from CLT to HKY a couple of weeks ago, of course I had the tickets like a week in advance but the trip wasnt even 30 minutes and it woul;d have been faster to drive out to HKY then just to get to CLT but it is all for the flying!!!!!11111
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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:32 pm

It could work in DEnver since the check-in tables aren't in the terminals, they're in the main place. You could walk up to the desk (in DEN) and ask for one and then with the ticket proceed through security ad on your flight. I wouldn't reccomend it, they'll think you're a terrorist or something weird is going on.
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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:33 pm

Things may have changed since 9/11, but it was always easy to do - especially on international flights. You could get some cheap fares, too.

Pick a ticket counter that isn't too busy, explain what you want to do, and if you're a little bit lucky, they'll find a flight for you.

A lot of airlines have empty seats at the last moment, and would rather have your bucks in that seat.

Last time I did it was at Boston about three years ago, in June. Alitalia gave me a return to Rome for $300.

It's a fun way to cross the Pacific, too. You usually have to buy a regular ticket to Honolulu, but after that, you're on your own. You could end up on any of the islands.


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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 12:45 pm

Walk-up fares are ludicrously expensive, I wouldn't try this unless you have enough mileag for a free trip.
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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 1:05 pm

I did that one time. I had a relative who passed away in Qatar, so i went up to the airport and i asked Emirates airlines for a ticket to DOha international round trip for the same day, and i just paid the normal fair and i was able to hop on that plane
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RE: Taking Random Flights

Wed Jan 30, 2002 1:51 pm


Yes, usually walk up fares are expensive - if you have to go to a particular destination.

The difference with a "random flight", is that you don't give a destination. You simply say, "where can I go - cheaply?"

Most ticket counter people I've dealt with doing this think it's neat, and are very helpful. A long time ago, I even ended up on an Interflug (East German) flight to

It's a bit like hitch-hiking, except that it's never actually free.


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