ManchesterMAN
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Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:17 am

I was wondering, has anyone ever flown transatlantic and returned the next day (or even the same day) just for the hell of it?

I'm getting seriously tempted by some of the fares offered by Delta at the moment and would love to give them a go but I don't have much time so was thinking of going out on a Saturday morning from the UK and returning Sunday late afternoon.

I was thinking:

LGW-ATL dep Sat 0930 arr 1355
ATL-LGW dep Sun 1800 arr 0645 mon

Has anyone done this and can my body take it  Yawn

John

[Edited 2004-02-01 23:46:34]
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:24 am

If I could afford it I would go in a heartbeat, but only for a day? If Im going to Europe, at the very minimum Id stay for the weekend. Leave early Friday, return Sunday, something like that. Im sure your body will be fine too, let us know if you go!
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:26 am

I'd sure love to. Maybe not transatlantic, but I'd love to try the A340-500 service DXB-SYD or SIN-EWR... Just for the fun of it  Smile
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:40 am

In January 2000 Icelandair had a 'lucky fare' of £149 from Europe to the USA so I flew LHR-KEF-BOS-KEF-LHR. I went out on Saturday, stayed over one night in Boston then returned on the Sunday night. The same crew flew both ways and one of the flight attendants remembered me and was very surprised to see me returning so quickly. The trip was most memorable for a missed approach on the BOS-KEF sector due to fog - those 757s certainly have some power when they need to go around!
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:41 am

I'd love to, if it was about $100 roundtrip I think I would. It'd be really exhausting though, taking off from the east coast US at 9PM or so, landing at 4AM (or 10AM Europe city time) and sitting in the terminal from 4AM to 7AM and board to go back!

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:48 am

If I could get a fare for $100 rtn then there'd be no question!!
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:52 am

That would describe me on June 10th. Took Concorde LHR-JFK arrived in JFK around 6pm on the 10th. Came back to Heathrow on BA 182 (772 G-YMMN) on June 11th. Arrived june 12th in the morning.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 7:57 am

John,

I was looking at the Exact same route/duration!!!!!!! I am glad I am not the only strange person who thinks this would be coo  Smile/happy/getting dizzy Big grin

Still would consider doing it too. What prices are DL offering?

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:01 am

I do a lot of "short" transatlantic hops BOS-ZRH-BOS (1 or two days in Europe) and they are quite survivable, in fact I experience way less jet lag than on longer trips. But why flying back the same day? It would have to be awesome duty-free shopping (LHR would not be too bad, I guess - I have not gone through LGW recently).
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:09 am

Back in OCT03.

JFKLHR Dep: 10:00PM Arr: 10:00AM+1 (on a BA 744)
LHRJFK Dep: 06:30PM Arr: 05:45PM (on Concorde)   Nuts

... A "non-direct" flight from JFK -> JFK all in less than 20 hours (a lot of time waiting in the LHR T4 Concorde Room).

It was so fast that my body did not have time to get jet-lagged. If I had spent a day or two or more in LON, then I would have felt it.

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:15 am

I did something similar a few months back, DUB-LHR-ORD-DUB non-stop, was in Chicago for about 5hrs in total before the return flight. Didn't find it too bad at all actually! Departed DUB 7am on the first day, arrived back from ORD at 9am on the 2nd - so just over 24hrs travelling in total!)
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:16 am

Justin,

They're offering flights for just under £200 on some dates, but also for £202 you can go on from ATL to Tampa or Orlando (on a 764/763) and this was another option to get a few more flights under my belt before the summer price hikes price me out of flying.

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:16 am

ManchesteraMan, you are doing it starting with a westbound flight. I that routing is easier for your body. Thats my 2 cents worth. I say go for it.
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 8:43 am

When my next vacation award comes up I am planning on going to Hong Kong, say on Tuesday, which gets you in on Weds. to return on Thursday afternoon flight...Then I can tell all my friends at work I went to HKG for a day.  Smile
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:05 am


Well, somebody had to come up with the ultimate!

On 5 February 1986, my partner and I took BA001 to JFK @ 1030, and returned to LHR in the evening, landing around 2100, after a 3h13 flight! It was my Birthday present! Memorable - we were even allowed to go down to the aircraft before boarding to have some celebratory pics taken in front of Concorde!

Re an earlier post on Duty Free at LHR and LGW. There are Duty Paid shops (equivalent of no VAT) with less choice, on arrival at both airports, but unlikely to be open very early, like my arrival at LGW recently @0555. You can even get deals (Duty Paid) in LHR T1 Domestic on both depatures and arrivals.

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:15 am

I once did MIA-IAH-NRT-SIN-NRT-IAH-MIA with just 5 hours in Changi airport. Made it a point to not buy any "external" food -- managed just on airplane food and snacks in the airline lounges...  Smile

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:24 am

Sllevin, how much did you pay for that, or did you get it in exchange for miles ?
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:26 am

I've worked IAD-LHR arriving at dawn, ran home to central London, showered, changed, repacked my case, ran back to LHR (thanks to Heathrow Express), hopped on a midday flight right back to IAD in order to have a dinner date on the Petolmac River.... Fabulous time! Watched the sunset on my date's boat... absolutely a blast!

Slept like a baby on the upperdeck on the 744 the whole way Westbound. No Tylenol PM needed on that flight! Just some earplugs and a bottle of water by my side! I could have only done this because I fly free as an employee though! Gotta love being a jet-setter!

Not a Transatlantic trip but same idea: I worked DEL-LHR then flew myself LHR-SFO. Basically I had dinner in DEL, Breakfast in LHR, and Lunch in SFO. About an hour from landing in SFO I started to feel really anxious and wanted off that plane! Fortunately I had First Class on the 744 so I had room to walk around and talk with the crew.

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:32 am

I did AA BOS-CDG-BOS three years ago, non-rev, spending the 8 hours between flights in Paris. No overnight!
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 10:56 am

Being an airline employee, I have become real good on scheduling 2-3 day trips to different places but I remember two in particular.

In September 1999 I wanted to fly on DL's 777 which were brand new but there was a controversy regarding pilot pay and the CEO was threatening to remove them from service if an agreement could not be reached. The only routes they were operating were CVG and ATL to LGW but the loads were pretty full going over. Coming back the flights looked fine so the problem was getting to Europe in order to fly the plane back. My travel partner (a fellow employee) and I came up with the following plan.

We purchased ID90's on CO and flew DCA-EWR then connected on Swissair, which had a codeshare with DL back then, and flew EWR-BSL. We then flew Crossair BSL-LHR arriving in the early afternoon. In LHR we caught a bus to LGW and stayed overnight in the airport hotel. We had enough time the next morning to catch the Gatwick Express to Victoria Station and walk to Buckingham palace and back to the station. After returning to LGW, we checked out of the hotel and checked in for our flight to CVG and then connecting back to DCA. That made five flights in about 48 hours. Of course flying for (almost) free helped!

Another time in early 2002 I flew ATL-FRA in order to buy some especial olympic pin sets which were only available on international flights as a duty free item. I wanted to buy several sets in order to trade at the 2002 Salt Lake City winter olympics. I left ATL in DL14 at1650 and arrived in FRA at 0740. I spent some time walking around the terminal and plane spotting from the observation deck and then returned that same day on DL107 FRA-JFK which departed at 1255 giving me about 5 hours in FRA. People thought I was nuts but the way I see it do it while you can. Especially if you have the travel benefits. Big thumbs up

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:14 am

Was in Europe <24 hrs this past week on work. A lot of business folks do same day out-and-back trips which is why the late evening departures from Europe are usually difficult to snag premium cabin seats on.

And while its not transatlantic, I've done SIN-LHR-SIN on the same calendar day, taking advantage of redeyes both ways for a full day of work in London.

It's not as gruelling as you might think, especially for a regular traveler who has access to lounges/showers/sleeper seats.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:33 am

Lev -- I did it in coach on a $700 ticket on CO (flew NW NRT-SIN-NRT of course).

Now, on regular business, I've done SJC-MSP-LGW and back with just 36 hours on the ground, and SFO-NRT-SIN and back with just 28 hours on the ground.

Fortunately those trips were in business class  Smile

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 2:38 pm

In December 2002, a week or so after the ch 11 filing, I rode with my mom on one of her trips (flight attendant) from Chicago to Frankfurt. Business on the way over, chilled on the layover, went shopping, ate brats, drank wine all day long, went out with the crew, flew back to ORD the next day in first class. Dom perignon all the way across the ocean!!!

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 4:21 pm

I flew from LHR to JFK and back the following morning. I had about 4hrs shopping time in NY, it was great though.
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:35 pm

Kuwait Airways currently have LON-NYC on special offer for about £200, with no minimum stay required, perfect for a weekday short trip, subject to availability.
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 6:45 pm

When I lived in London, I used to go to SA - Massachusetts">BOS for the weekend, leaving Friday PM, back Monday AM - not too bad.

Re going to HKG for the day, it was standard operating procedure for SA staff back in the 80's, take the 286 Friday PM, arrive HKG Saturday AM, shop in a frenzied manner in Kowloon all day, catch the 285 around 9PM, arrive back in JNB Sunday AM. Or for more humour value, take the 285 only as far as MRU, get off in MRU for a day on the beach and take the 180 back to JNB on Sunday PM (thus avoiding SA Customs who were hypervigilant for pax coming off the HKG flight as EVERYONE always had a fake Rolex and something electronic to declare, but for the MRU flight you barely rated a second glance). Good fun.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:27 pm

Did it once in late 2000, flew non-rev on TW STL-LGW to pick up my daughter in Leeds.

Dep STL on Wed @ 1930 arr LGW next morning, drive 4.5 hours to Leeds, leave Leeds at 0300 Fri morning, dep LGW late morning arr STL around 1500.

So in a nutshell, wheels up at STL to wheels down around 43 hours, with a two hour nap in between. Rough, but very do-able.....
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:46 pm

I haven't done the transatlantic, but I have done the transcontinental...Last year I travelled from YYZ to YVR in the afternoon to take my wife out for an elaborate dinner date. We ate at the Grouse Nest and returned to YYZ on the red eye and got to work on time.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Mon Feb 02, 2004 11:51 pm

Yeah I've done Rome for Dinner, on PA back in the 80's. As long as I was in First it didn't matter how long the flight was!

I had friends at Pan Am in the 70's that used to fly JFK-LHR-SFO. At the time PA had no domestic service and it was the only way for PA employees to Non-rev to the coast.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:40 am

Posted by Airlixban:
"That would describe me on June 10th. Took Concorde LHR-JFK arrived in JFK around 6pm on the 10th. Came back to Heathrow on BA 182 (772 G-YMMN) on June 11th. Arrived june 12th in the morning. "


I did almost the same thing on June 29th, took BA001 to JFK on G-BOAG and got back right away on BA182, on G-YMMN! It was pretty crazy, but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I'm happy I made. VCE-LGW/LHR-JFK-LHR/LGW-VCE in under 48 hours - or how to burn a lot of cash in minimum time Big grin

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:14 am

Not quite transatlantic but I once flew to Hong Kong from London for the weekend.
Friday LHR-HKG (G-BNLJ)
Sunday HKG-LHR (G-BNLS)
Flew out on Friday night arriving in Hong Kong on Saturday late afternoon. Spent Sunday shopping and flew back to london Sunday night arriving back early Monday morning just in time for school.

Hope I have another chance of doing this soon!

Plus its great to tell your friends that you've been to Hong Kong for the weekend!  Laugh out loud
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:13 am

Well, not one night, but I once did a two-nighter, flying LH CDG-FRA-IAD-ATL (last leg UA codeshare) on a Saturday and then ATL-FRA-CDG on a Monday. This was about 4 years back. I did have something I had to do in ATL though, so not just for the heck of it.

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:29 am

Good day,

I haven't done trans-atlantic, but I have done an all night party trip to Cancun. My friends and I flew in on the last AA 727 flight of the day from DFW. Bar-hopped and clubb'n all night long, went to the airport and caught the first flight in the morning. Good times.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:37 am

I used to work as a F/A with EL AL. Don't worry, your body will be able to take one transatlantic trip without any problems.
I once flew TLV - NYC afternoon, and then early next morning NYC - LAX, stayed 20 hours in LA and returned to TLV, nonstop. That's 30 hours in the air to 30 hours on the ground. Got back to TLV - fine.
Once came back from vacation BKK - HKG - TLV, and returned to HKG the next day (working). I was fine
BUT - I have also flown TLV - NYC - TLV - NYC - LAS - NYC - TLV - NYC - TLV , in 11 days. When I returned to TLV, I couldn't leave my bed for 30 hours. I was really exhausted and had a terrible headaches.
I never did that again!!
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:45 am

I once did an insane RNO-LAX-LHR trip Thursday departure, returning Sunday - so i basically got in Friday night to my London flat and left midday Sunday- 18 hours each way....

I dont remember being jetlagged at all, but lordy, I dont think I can do that same trip now!
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:45 am

I was thinking about taking Biman's DC-10 BRU-JFK-BRU (with something like 8 hours at JFK if the flight is on-time), because I really want to fly on a DC-10 once again, and I want to try Biman. Return trips are available for 299€. I haven't found the time yet to do this trip, but I'm definitely still thinking about doing this trip one day.
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:47 am

I haven't done it yet, but I'm considering doing one in the next few months (a Friday night-Sunday night trip to London). I don't really have a reason other than to get some foreign timetables and do some LHR/LGW spotting, but it's something that sounds fun. There are some pretty good deals if you do a little digging.

 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 3:49 am

Did that a few years ago. Took BA overnight from JFK to LHR for a meeting with an LHR-based air carrier. Got the shuttle from T3 to Holiday Inn (sure glad BA let me bring my two carryons on board back then) for the 3S's, then got a ride over to the meeting. Gave the presentation and expected to have a several hour, one-way discussion on how we were ruining the airline specifically and the airline business in general, but instead the airline personnel agreed to our proposal. After getting over our shock, we called res and found there were seats on the afternoon flight back to JFK. Got a ride back to the hotel, grabbed the bags, checked out, and went over to T3 to catch the flight back to NY. Was home in just under 25 hours after I left.
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:26 am

I flew back in 1999 from Miami to Munich (6:20p Departure - 09:20a arrival) and flew back to Miami at 11:20a the same day (so less than 2 hours in Germany)! Aircraft was a B-767-300ER in Amadeus Class (NG Business Class!!!)

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:48 am

I flew out from LHR-JFK on the 1830 VS flight in Premium Economy, stayed over that night then flew back the next evening from EWR-LHR on BA in Club World on the new sleeper seats, so had just over 24hrs in NY. I got up in the morning and didn't have anything to do on my days off so I said to my GF, lets go to NY so called up and booked some tickets and flew out that evening !!.

Last August flew out LHR-HKG, had 28hrs in HKG then flew back to LHR, so over 24 hours flying for 28hrs there !!!. Long way to go for a Chinese take out !!!.

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:20 am


You guys are doing it the short route, East Coast to Europe.
I used to routinely fly LAX/AMS/FRA/AMS/LAX leave on FRi nite and return on
Sun afternoon or LAX/LHR/LAX same routing to visit the airline memorabila
shows. Strangest itinerary was LAX/PHX/JFK-HP Friday, JFK/ZRH/CGN/ZRH
Friday nite/SAt, got off the plane for one hour in CGN Saturday afternoon
walked around and couldnt find airline show, got back on same SR F-100
for return leg to ZRH and flew back to JFK that day, Sat.
Also once did LAX/NRT/HKG/CGK/DPS/HNL/LAX where I flew out Sunday
and got back on Wed was gone 72hrs and spent 48hrs flying
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Tue Feb 03, 2004 5:29 am

I haven't done the second 1/2 of my Trip Report, but my ORD-LHR outbound is in there with a $292 price of Air + 1 night at the Sheraton Skyline Heathrow.

That hotel has a fantastic model shop, and you have a perfect spotting location for most departures.

Most of the time, for work, I end up going to FRA for no more than a day. (Thanks in no small part to the frequency of transatlantic fiber cuts) I'm never given the opportunity to extend the stay into a long enough trip, so its usually over and done with in 36 hours.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Wed Feb 04, 2004 9:54 am

I once flew United London - San Francisco for a weekend with just the necessary Saturday night for the super-cheap fare that I got.

It wasn't quite for the hell of it, it was to get enough miles for an award ticket for the otherwise much more expensive trip that I needed to make the following August. There was a double mileage promotion on at the time too so with the web booking bonus I got over 20000 miles out of the deal (for £240!!). Sweet!

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:07 am

Twice-

Flew to Hawaii 3 weeks ago to go and play golf and flew back on that next day but I get all the cheap fairs b/c of my fam. And in November I flew to Hong Kong to see my Great Grand Father who is 97 and some big shot over there and had dinner and left the next morning. All UAL

GOODTIMES!!!

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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:32 am

I flew
PWM-EWR-HKG-GUM-TKK-PNI-KSA-KWA-MAJ-HNL-LAX-IAH-TPA-EWR-PWM
To have a day in HKG, HNL, LAX and TPA fly on the island hop on CO Mike. The trip took 7 days and was a hoot. I made it a point to eat as much airline food as I could (I am a typical broke college student) an to sleep on the flights. I did not stay in a single hotel. I have family in TPA so I stayed a night with them.

I really did not care about jet lagand never reset my watch (I moved the bezel to indicate the time zone). I slept on planes and stayed awake when I was not on one.

I was tired at the end of the trip, about the same as taking a red-eye from the west coast.
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:48 am

I've done it once myself, along with a friend of mine who works for UA dispatch and had a Star Alliance promotion that he needed to fly. So we met in EWR and we checked in for ORD via CPH/GEN!

Route for me was a bit convaluted due to work, but kept it moving over 2 days...

P9 6000 BFI-PIE 737-400 N461PR
P9 5001 PIE-ATL 737-400 N461PR
CO 390 ATL-EWR 737-300 N16310
SK 908 EWR-GEN 767-300 LN-RCL
SK 463 GEN-CPH MD-81 LN-RMR
SK 943 CPH-ORD 767-300 LN-RCG
UA 337 ORD-SEA DC10-10 N1847U

52hrs total time with 30:31 spent flying!
Would do it again in a heartbeat.

Jeffrey

"Irregardless, it's a Cat III airplane, we don't need an alternate!"
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Wed Feb 04, 2004 10:52 am

Yes, just once, doing exactly what BA001Concorde quoted above, in fact our flight times were nearly identical, though I flew in late July, last year. As with him, my sole motivation was to do a Concorde run as cheaply as possible before BA shut it down. To that end, it meant no hotel stay and doing it within a weekend so I wouldn't have to take off from work. It also sounds, BA001, like you didn't leave Heathrow either while you were in England. Though I was tempted to briefly venture into London, I judged time too short to take the chance so I spent a lovely day at Heathrow, itself. Hardly a bad move, since it's such a nice airport and a really gorgeous day (lucky I missed the big heat wave that hit about a week later). I had a ball just watching the planes go in and out, especially from the Holodeck Lounge's observation deck. A fine experience, especially on the Concorde when returning (though the 744 was quite nice, too) but it would've been best to have taken more time to actually see some of England too. Oh well, another time...  Big thumbs up
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Wed Feb 04, 2004 12:06 pm

It's too bad the fares aren't really $100 r/t. (More for me anyways since I go from Chicago.) You've got a big hunk of tax to add on that could be more than ticket.
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:20 am

John

If you book 2 tickets to see Big Fish at Odeon Cinemas then you get a 2 tickets for the price of 1 with American - I did this kind of AA deal before and there is no catch. My point? Get a friend to come with you and half the cost and make it more fun.

Anders
 
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RE: Ever Taken A Transatlantic "day Trip"?

Thu Feb 05, 2004 12:36 am

Anders,

Good idea, although can't I go and watch a better film  Wink/being sarcastic

I actually don't think any of my friends would be crazy enough to go all the way to the states just to come straight back and I haven't got enough spare cash or time to stay longer. Plus I already have a trip on AA booked for late March and wanted to try something new.

However I di know somebody who might be interested in this information and I'll pass it on.

So thanks again
John
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