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
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
then connected on Swissair, which had a codeshare with DL
back then, and flew EWR
. We then flew Crossair BSL
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
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
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.
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