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Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 3:20 am

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.

Of course there are more direct ones, too.

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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 3:28 am

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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 3:31 am

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.

So, anyone else do weird things like this?
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 3:38 am

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.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 6:37 am

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.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 6:55 am

Last year I flew FRA-STR-FRA-ATH-FRA in one day jist to fly. It was on a Lufthansa A310-300 D-AIDF. It costed about 200 DM. The time I spent in the air was about 5 hours or maybe 6.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 8:48 am

Multi-segment itineraries I have flown in one day since May, 1999, mostly for fun and to add new routes, aircraft and airports to my flight log - courtesy of my airline employee pass privileges:


Multi-segment itineraries flown within 24 hours:


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).


RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 10:27 am


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.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 10:34 am

I wish I could, but just dont have any money... Also, Tango-Bravo, what airline were those on?
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 10:41 am

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!

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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 10:58 am


To answer your question concerning my earlier reply to the topic "Jet Hopping For Fun"...

22MAY99 - PDX-GEG and 05MAR01 - GEG-PDX-RDM-PDX were on Horizon Air

03JUL99 - PHX-LAX and 10JUL99 - LAX-PHX were on America West

13JUN00 - LAX-PHX and 30SEP00 - LAX-PHX were on Southwest

All other flights were on Alaska Airlines.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 1:05 pm

Here is a roundabout way I went home from TYS to GSO this past Febuary courtesy of my generous pass privleges:

TYS-PIT USAirways Express DO-328
PIT-LGA AirTran Boeing 717-200
LGA-DCA USAirways Shuttle A320-200
DCA-GSO USAirways DHC-8-100
72S 733 734 735 73G 738 742 752 763 E190 M82 M83
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Mon Jul 02, 2001 1:11 pm

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.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Wed Jul 04, 2001 1:19 am

I did an ATL-CDG trip on Air France outbound and Delta comin back. I spent 1 hr and 25 minutes at CDG. I had time to grab a snack and that was it! Good fun, but many say that it's nuts and I am nuts.
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Wed Jul 04, 2001 1:24 am

The only planes that I have done joy riding on so far is Cessna 172s. But In August I plan to go to London on Northwest and have lunch and come home with my sister and her buddy passes  Big grin
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RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Wed Jul 04, 2001 1:42 am

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.

RE: Jet Hopping For Fun

Wed Jul 04, 2001 1:49 am

Just bought BWI-CVG-IND-ATL-TPA-FLL-MCO-ATL-BWI for September 1.

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