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Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:31 pm

Hey,

Just booked myself a rountrip flight with my Christmas money and was wondering does anybody else just fly for the sake of flying?

Cheers,
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:57 pm

Max,

I would if I were single with no kid and had the $$! Happy New Year!
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Dec 30, 2007 10:58 pm

Yup do it a lot actually.

In march, My birthday present to my self is JFK-SFO-SMF-ORD-PHL

Sept -- JFK-SFO-PHL (to try virgin america)
nov. I did PHL-DFW-IAD-PHL

Last may I did PHL-DEN-PDX-YVR-PDX-DEN-PHL

Thats just recent ones, I've done others over the past 2 years or so.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:12 pm

I do fly quite a lot, but some trips are just for the heck of it.

In June, I'm going to fly MAD-FRA on LAN's Airbus 340. In order to do that, I bought one way to MAD on IB 321, and one way FRA-BRU on SN's AR8.

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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:29 pm

Certainly do, I love flying, so will often go out of my way to fly more routes and different airlines/aircraft. For instance, tomorrow I can have the pleasure of sitting on a train/replacement bus from Plymouth to Birmingham, or I can cut out several hours of sitting on the ground and replace that with a 25 minute flight... much more fun, and hardly any more expensive so that is exactly what I have done!


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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Dec 30, 2007 11:40 pm

I used to, but by 2005 the TSA had beaten it out of me. I now fly as absolutely little as possible.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:17 am

When I worked in the industry and had non-rev privileges, yes. I was taking non-rev trips at least twice a month. Sometimes just a day trip to somewhere like Boston or Washington D.C., other times just to add another a/c type to my list or just simply because it was close to payday and I was close to broke and spending all day flying around (and getting fed) the country was cheap fun.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 10:49 am

Have never done that, but will maybe do it in 2008.
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 11:02 am

Funny story actually...

I recently took a non-rev day trip up to DCA. I flew up in the early morning and did some sightseeing and what-have-you. Fast forward to around 5:00 pm. I'm at DCA waiting for my flight back down to ATL. I got to the gate and saw the plane I would later take down to ATL arrive. I watched the passengers disembark and notice two younger men walk off the jetway, back to the CSR desk and sit down to wait for the flight I'm on. I was a little annoyed to say the least. These two guys literally flew up from ATL just to fly back down without doing anything whatsoever in DCA.

In the end, my seniority date surpassed theirs. They were bumped off the flight and they got stuck in DCA...

Good riddance. It was an abuse of the system, in my opinion. Not to mention - a complete waste of theirs and the company's time.
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 2:17 pm



Quoting AC77W (Thread starter):
does anybody else just fly for the sake of flying?

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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:08 pm

I flew NCL-AMS back in August just for fun. I had never been on a Fokker 70 so decided I would catch that aircraft back.
It was a good day, lots of spotting and a visit to AMS city centre.
Well worth it

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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 5:56 pm

Yup! SFO-LAS-SFO this Thursday on VX, just to try them!  Smile
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 6:24 pm



Quoting AC77W (Thread starter):
does anybody else just fly for the sake of flying?

Quite a number of examples in my history; some personal highlights (all of these were daytrips):
  • During the ZRH meeting in 2006 I flew from HAJ to ZRH two days early, only to fly ZRH - TXL - GWT - TXL - ZRH the next day.
    Added TXL and GWT to my logs - plus while the a/c flew a GWT - DUS - GWT rotation I walked (!) into downtown Westerland on the island of Sylt, did some sightseeing & shopping and was back (walking) at the airport in time. The CSA issueing my BPs was amazed by my itinerary and was even more stunned when I told him my home base.
  • In 2001: TUS - SAN (WN) - LAX - TUS (UA) - PHX - ABQ (HP) - TUS (DL B727)
  • and a few days earlier: TUS - PHX - LAS (HP) - SLC - LAS (DL B763) - PHX - TUS (HP)
  • HAJ - FRA - SZG - LNZ - FRA - HAJ combined with an excellent lunch at the AiRest Restaurant at SZG. I was the only pax to disembark at LNZ while the CRJ continued to DUS.
  • TPA - RSW (I was the only pax on this sector) - MIA - TPA


Another weird routing:
SNA - SFO - SMF (UA) - BUR - ONT (WN) - LAX - SNA (UA) in order to add SMF, BUR and ONT to my logs and to fly my first LAX to SNA sector.
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:35 pm



Quoting Flynavy (Reply 8):
I was a little annoyed to say the least. These two guys literally flew up from ATL just to fly back down without doing anything whatsoever in DCA.

I've done that on several occasions. One off day late in the afternoon, I showed up at the airport and got on the first flight I could find that has space (My original plans for the afternoon had been blown to hell because my roommate at the time forgot to pay the power bill.).. Flew ATL-LGA, got off of the plane, checked in for the return, and got back on.

I flew ATL-PDX-ATL on three different occasions, never leaving the airport because I only had about two hours from arriving in PDX to the return. Of course I could have waited and taken a later flight and actually gone into town, but this was back when DL had their minihub @ PDX for flights to Japan, and the domestic legs (ATL-PDX, CVG-PDX, PDX-ATL, PDX-CVG) had international service on them. I was not going to pass up BusinessElite service on a transcon flight.

I've also done ATL-MCO-JFK-ATL and ATL-MCO-TLH-ATL and never left the airport @ MCO, JFK, or TLH.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:45 pm



Quoting Flynavy (Reply 8):
These two guys literally flew up from ATL just to fly back down without doing anything whatsoever in DCA.



Quoting Srbmod (Reply 13):
I've done that on several occasions.

I used to do it all the time, with the exception I was a revenue passenger. We call them "mileage runs" and the objective is to use cheap fares to generate miles to earn and maintain elite status with an airline. I'd usually do three or four SEA-SFO-IAD immediate returns a year to top off my account if I was short from regular travel.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Tue Jan 01, 2008 2:46 am

I do it whenever I can, for any number of reasons:

1) Add new aircraft type to my "list"
2) Add new route to my Flight Memory
3) Get new safety card or menu

Quoting Flynavy (Reply 8):
Good riddance. It was an abuse of the system, in my opinion. Not to mention - a complete waste of theirs and the company's time.

Only a good riddance because the "good nonrev" always has a contingency plan for such occasions  Wink

Besides, what they do with their time is none of your affair. Secondly....how is it a waste of the company's time?? The plane is flying anyway. If they want to go, so be it. That's what the flight benefits are all about....use them as much or as little as you like. With all the pay and benefit cuts in the industry, a lot of people use their FB's to the fullest as it's one of the great benefits we still have. So....why fault them for it??

And, an "abuse of the system"?? Hardly...  Yeah sure

Quoting Srbmod (Reply 6):
other times just to add another a/c type to my list or just simply because it was close to payday and I was close to broke and spending all day flying around (and getting fed) the country was cheap fun.

 bigthumbsup   bigthumbsup 
I've actually only nonrevved once to get fed, haha. COS-DFW roundtrip on AA, breakfast going, dinner on the return.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Tue Jan 01, 2008 6:27 am

Yup, I do. last year (2007) I did quite a few, including a DC3 flights, and GMP-PUS-CJU-GMP in business, as well as a flight on the Trislander and back on the Islander between Auckland and great Barrier Island. I am flying a moderate amount of miles for work, and usually add domestic flights if I can...

Happy New Year
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Tue Jan 01, 2008 8:26 am

Layer this year I plan on taking a flight with ZREX here in Australia on one of their SAAB 340s.
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 7:26 am

Last year I flew VX SFO-LAX r/t just for fun (and to check out VX, of course!). It was actually my birthday and I wanted to do something different. As I hadn't flown in a couple of weeks I decided to just 'do it'.  Smile

I invited my partner along. It was a great trip and probably the most relaxing flight in a long time - no bags to check, no worries about missed connections and delays. All just for fun Big grin
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:39 am

Sure, why not? Just hop on a fligtht, fly somewhere nice and then fly back! I try to find a nice destination to enjoy the stay there as well...

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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Wed Jan 02, 2008 3:34 pm

Just about all the flying that I do is for the fun of it, my two europe trips, my upcoming DFW trip, my often MSP trip.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sat Jan 05, 2008 8:35 pm

I'm considering doing a day trip with a couple friends this summer to hit states we've never been to on SX. Might do CMH-PSM-CMH-MKE/MCI-CMH all in a day if we can get the $10 fares.
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:10 am

When I worked for UA we (who ever was finishing work with me) would jump on a flight to CDG or LHR to have lunch and come back. I used to get my hair cut by an Aussie lady in downtown London while I worked for UA. If we had 2 or more days off it would be lunch in HKG, PVG, or NRT.

I knew a CSA who was engaged to a F/A and would go with him on many of his international trips. It real convenient when you can just rock up to a random gate with your ID ask if F is available and tell them you want on...
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:46 am

Flights I paid for to do for fun just to get on certain planes and go to some airports; all for around $800 total:
PIT-IAD-PIT on Indy Air CRJ
PIT-LGA-IAD-DTW-PIT on US, Air Wisky, and NW: on 320, CRJ, DC-9-40, Avro
PIT-CVG-ATL-CVG-PIT on Comair, DL: on CRJ, MD-88, 763, CRJ
PIT-DCA-PHL-PIT on MidAtlantic, US: on EMB-170, 321, 734
PIT-ORD-ABQ-DEN-PIT on American Eagle, AA, UA: on ERJ-145, MD-82, 733, 733

When I worked ramp for PSA/USexpress at PIT I did these just to go all in 9 months total of just over 29000nm; some places I visited friends for a few days, and the beach a few times but all was for fun and free.
PIT-FKL-PIT: B1900D
PIT-PHL-IPT-PHL-PIT: 733, DH8, DH8, EMB-170
MCI-CLT-IAD-PIT: CR7, CR9, Saab 340
PIT-PHL-FLL: 733, 757
PBI-PIT: 733
PIT-CLT-JAX-CLT-PIT: 734, 733, 733, 734
PIT-PHL-SAN-LAS-LAX: 733, 319, 319, 733
BUR-LAS-DCA-PHL-ABE-PIT: CRJ, 319, ERJ-145, DH8, Saab 340
PIT-PHL-CLT-PIT: 733, 762, 321
PIT-DCA-CLT-FLL-PIT: EMB-170, 733, 734, 734
PIT-DCA: CRJ
IAD-PIT: Saab 340
PIT-CLT-AVL-CLT-PIT: 734, DH8-300, DH8-300, 733
PIT-BFD-JHW-BFD-PIT: Saab 340
PIT-PHL-PIT: CRJ, EMB-170
PIT-PHX-CMH-PIT: 319, 319, Saab 340
PIT-PHL-BDL-PIT: 733, EMB-190, ERJ-145
PIT-FLL-PIT: 321, 734
PIT-PHL-UNV-PHL-PIT: 733, DH8, DH8, EMB-175
PIT-CLT-GSO-PHL-PIT: 734, CR9, ERJ-145, EMB-175

And my last Non Rev flight was done in 25 hours, and the best one I've done, US, and ZED Fare on CO:
PIT-SEA-ANC-PHX-DEN-PIT: 319, CO-753, 319, 733, 320


All the planes I've been on - Commerical:

Airbus 319, 320, 321
BAe Jetstream 32, Avro RJ85
Beechcraft B1900D
Boeing 717, 732, 733, 734, 752, 753, 762, 763, 764
Bombardier CRJ-200, CRJ-700, CRJ-900
deHavilland Dash 8-100, Dash 8-200, Dash 8-300
Embraer EMB-120, ERJ-140, ERJ-145, EMB-170, EMB-175, EMB-190
Fokker 100
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-40, DC-10-10, MD-82, MD-83, MD-88
Saab 340
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:28 pm

On december 28th I hopped on a Hawker and went Whitehorse-Dawson-Old Crow-Inuvik-Dawson-Whitehorse, just because I wanted to. Luckily I was able to do it through my work for cheap, as having to go buy a regular ticket would have been way beyond my budget.


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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 7:45 pm

I've done this quite a few times.

This Saturday it's RDU-BOS-ATL-RDU. Although I am planning on leaving the airport in Boston and going to eat lunch, and then it's back to the airport.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:24 pm

In the 1970's and early 80's I would fly between SFO and SCK just for the fun of it. I flew on a number of now defunct airlines...PSA and UA flew 737's. I flew on a number of prop flights; Air Pacific and Golden Gate.
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 9:28 pm

I've done it twice since I jointed US. One time to LAS, and another to SFO to fly VX.
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Sun Jan 06, 2008 10:19 pm

I do it alot. Just for a day out or an overnight somewhere. I used to do it alot more on my days off. I would go to Frankfurt or London for the day. Recently I havnt done so many but I intend to start again .
 
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RE: Flying Just For The Fun Of It?

Tue Jan 08, 2008 5:17 pm

I'm doing it this Monday...

ATL-STL-SAN-STL-ATL

and then again on the 26th...

ATL-YYZ-YVR

and finally on the 27th...

YVR-YYZ-ATL

I usually do it to beef up some FF accounts and/or to get on a new aircraft type. I just enjoy flying.

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