zrs70
Posts: 3315
Joined: Sun Dec 10, 2000 4:08 am

How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Fri Nov 20, 2009 9:46 pm

How far out of your way would you go to get a certain plane you want or to connect through a specific airport?

For instance, if you need to fly LAX-LHR in business or first class, would you take the nonstop in a 777, old configuration, or fly via ORD to get a new configuration?

If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?

If flying ATL-ORD, would you consider connecting in DTW if you want to experience the airport? Would you connect in LEX for the same reason, just so you can say you've been to a place you've never been before?
17 year airliners.net vet! 2000-2016
 
KU747
Posts: 157
Joined: Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:22 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:09 pm

I would do all of the above.

I've done the following route just to fly on A346:
KWI-DOH-LHR on QR

Also to try the new CX first class and to see HKG airport I took this long route:
KWI-DXB-HKG-SFO and LAX

Will fly to LHR from KWI through DXB on EK just to try the A380 next week.

In mid 80's I flew from LAX to SAN on EA just to try 757.

Last year I flew from YUL to FRA through YOW just to fly on AC 767 sleeper configuration instead of the old configuration out of YUL-FRA on AC 333.

I have done so many similar things but I can't recall them now.

[Edited 2009-11-20 14:11:30]
707,727,73all,741,742,743,744,752,753,762,763,77all,300,310,319,320,321,332,333,343,346, L10,L15,DC10,MD11,SSC,VC10
 
PlymSpotter
Posts: 10006
Joined: Thu Jun 17, 2004 7:32 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:25 pm

Anywhere really. If I want to fly on a specific aircraft and there's only one flight left in the world, then that's the one I'll take, no matter where it is or how many (tens of) thousands of miles I have to fly to do it. Some examples:

AMS-BHX-MSP-DTW-AMS-BHX - Just to take the last NW DC-10 flight.
LHR-FRA-CGN-CGN-CGN-MUC-LHR - Just to fly a chartered Iran Air 747-100.

When I'm just flying to go somewhere then I don't mind how much of a diversion I take if it gets me something interesting. I'm young and can handle long periods without sleep and love new experiences, so it doesn't bother me one bit. Some I've done:

JFK-FCO-LHR - more for extra miles than flying a DL 763 and another AZ Mad Dog, was very cheap too.
BHX-MXP-MAD-MXP-BHX - solely to try out AZ's then brand new EMB-170s on the BHX flight.
SIP-SVO-GYD - almost 20 hours longer than a direct flight, but I got to fly on Il86 and Tu154 equipment instead of a 737.
THF-BRU-BHX - more convenient direct flights available, but I wanted to fly from THF before it shut.

To name but a few, I'm hard pushed to think of a straight forward flight that I've planned. It's only when other people are involved that I'll go direct.


Dan  Smile
...love is just a camouflage for what resembles rage again...
 
Baexecutive
Posts: 594
Joined: Fri Jul 01, 2005 9:29 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:49 pm

I once flew GLA/MAN via ABZ just to get on one of the last BA operated J61 (ATP) flights. I don't mind travelling the long way round just to get on different a/c or airlines that I haven't flown before.
 
mfricke
Posts: 275
Joined: Fri Jun 08, 2001 3:04 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 1:23 am

I go out my way all the time for a variety of reasons; to fly to an airport I haven't been to for a while, to fly an airline/aircraft I haven't been on for a while, or for any other reason known only to airline fanatics. Some examples of itneraries that I flew included (and these were all advertised as one itinerary, I did not have to piece them together)

ONT-JFK-AUS JetBlue
PHX-DTW-BHM-MEM-IAH Northwest
IAH-DTW-IND-MSP-PAX Northwest
LGB-PHX-SBP USAirways (flew it last month)
AUS-BHM-ONT Southwest
LAX-TPA-ATL-ICT Northwest/Delta (flew it just last week)
LAX-CLT-MCI USAirways
ONT-ATL-MCI Delta
AUS-STL-ONT TWA
LAX-IAH-CLE-BDL Continental
LAX-IND-MCI-MDW-LAX ATA
SAN-DFW-PDX American
SEA-MCI-SAN Midwest
EZE-DFW-STL-SFO American
LAX-DTW-RSW and SRQ-DTW-LAX Got great first class fares on those on NW
MCI-MKE-LAX Md. Express One of the last free champagne flights, summer of 2001.

The following were booked as separate itineraries:
LAX-FLL-MCO-AUS American/Southwest
LAX-SFO-IAD-MCI Virgin America/United
LAX-ELP-DFW-SCL Southwest and American

There have been many more, but these have been some of my best.
ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
 
deltairlines
Posts: 6876
Joined: Mon May 24, 1999 4:47 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:39 am

Most recent example for me was changing EWR-MSP to JFK-ATL-MSP just so I could catch a ride on a Delta 777. Was a no-brainer for me.

In January, I'm doing MSP-IAH-LHR, which is way out of the way but being done intentionally for the reason that IAH-LHR is a much longer flight, which allows more time to sleep in my BusinessElite seat.
 
User avatar
vhqpa
Posts: 1197
Joined: Mon Jul 04, 2005 8:21 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 6:25 am

I've done this several times

July 2004 Flew BNE-SYD-BNE for no reason other to fly on a 744 and 333

August 2005 Flew BNE-MKY-ROK (surface) BNE for one (third) last 733 flight and to try a Dash 8 and also try the Train back from ROK-BNE

February 2006 Flew BNE-ROK-BNE to be on the inaugural Qlink Q400 flight.

December 2006 Flew BNE-SYD-BNE for a 743 flight

October 2007 Flew BNE-LSY-SYD-ADL to try ZL and a SF3 flight came back ADL-MEL-BNE to spend the day in MEL

April 2008 Flew BNE-GLT-ROK-MKY-BNE for the Qlink Coastal Milk run and fly on a brand new E90

October 2008 Flew BNE-SYD-PER to get a 743 flight only to be subbed to a 763

June 2009 Flew BNE-MKY-ROK-BNE to fly on a QQ F100

August 2009 Flew CBR-SYD-BNE to fly on a E70

August 2009 Flew BNE-TWB to fly on a Skytrans DHC-8-100

September 2009 Flew BNE-TSV-BNE for a spontaneous daytrip

October 2009 Flew BNE-AKL-CHC to fly on a 777 and a 733 rather then just a A320

October 2009 Flew CHC-BHE-WLG just to fly on a Beech 1900D

October 2009 Flew AKL-SYD-BNE to fly LA in J on a 343


Vhq.
"There you go ladies and gentleman we're through Mach 1 the speed of sound no bumps no bangs... CONCORDE"
 
srbmod
Posts: 15446
Joined: Tue Mar 20, 2001 1:32 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 3:16 pm



Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):
If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?

For me, that would come down to how many miles it would cost me for the non-stop versus a multiple stop flight. I've looked at cashing in my miles to fly one-way on a certain route, and in most cases, the one-stop service was cheaper than the non-stop service. The only downsides were that the flight to the city I would connect in left during the 7 AM hour and I would have layover of more than three hours. Then again, that routing was 20,000 miles cheaper than a non-stop flight that would get me to my destination at around the same time.

In the past when I worked in the industry, a number of my flights (especially when I had my DL non-rev privileges) were scheduled around a certain a/c type. I've flown day trips between ATL and PDX solely to fly on the MD-11. I did a similar thing between ATL and MCO twice just to fly on a 777 (The first time I did this was even sweeter, as I flew on the same 777 up to JFK, as at the time, DL was routing a 777 ATL-MCO-JFK-MCO-ATL.).

Now that I'm buying my own tickets, a/c type does play into my decisions. At first, I was hesitant to book a flight on DL because I did not wanted to be crowded on a 767 (I liked the 767s, but back in my non-rev days, I had always sat up in First Class/BusinessElite and was unfamiliar with the coach set up.). I went with FL instead since they were flying smaller a/c on the routes. When I finally did have my first flight in coach on a 767, I liked it because it was not as crowded as I thought it would be. As a result, I try to book my flights on a 767 as much as possible, although for an upcoming trip, the leg I booked got downgraded to a 757.

I've yet to go out of my way to fly a certain airline or a/c type since I started to have to pay my own way. I have looked at other options, but always end up sticking with Delta (or in the past, AirTran). I'd love to give F9 a try, and looked at them for an upcoming trip but ended up sticking with Delta. This was mainly because on the day I'm traveling, they're only operating one ATL-DEN flight, and a 6:15 AM departure was not doable, as my plans for that day required a late-afternoon, early evening flight.
 
Yflyer
Posts: 1189
Joined: Sat Feb 17, 2007 4:05 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 7:07 pm



Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):
If using miles, would you connect multiple times to get the available flight or would you change your dates to get a nonstop?

I would connect multiple times to get the available flight. I have also flown out of less convenient airports in order to use miles when a flight wasn't available from my home airport or my destination anywhere close to the dates I wanted. I've used OAK/SFO even though my home airport is SMF, and booked a return flight out of AVL even though I was planning on being in the CLT area (although I used that an an excuse to spend a few days of my vacation in Asheville, which was lots of fun.)
 
chootie
Posts: 170
Joined: Wed May 23, 2007 10:26 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 9:32 pm

Geeze and I thought I was the only GEEK to do things as mentioned above  cool   cool   cool 
chootie
 
User avatar
OA260
Posts: 21043
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 8:50 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 21, 2009 11:03 pm



Quoting Chootie (Reply 9):
Geeze and I thought I was the only GEEK to do things as mentioned above

+ 1  Smile

I have done day trips for mileage runs and also done a 3 stop flight just to experience new airlines. I wouldnt rule anything out. Id even do LHR-LAX non stop then LAX-JFK if I was only intending to see New York.
 
PGNCS
Posts: 2249
Joined: Sun Apr 15, 2007 5:07 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Mon Nov 23, 2009 9:52 pm

I would always take the nonstop flight unless the departure and/or arrival time didn't work for me. Less time spent in the airplane is more time to do the things I want to do.
 
JRDC930
Posts: 882
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:36 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:32 am

If I had the money to blow on this sort of stuff I'd jump on it in a second. There are many airports and aircraft or certain airlines I'd like to try just for the hell of it. Unfortunately I'm a poor college student  

[Edited 2009-11-24 17:11:09 by srbmod]
U.S. Legacy carriers,STILL leaders in lowering industry standards...
 
User avatar
DesertFlyer
Posts: 358
Joined: Wed Nov 30, 2005 2:05 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:52 am

I wanted to fly a DC-10 before they went out of scheduled service so I took a trip specifically ride one. NW LAX-MSP-AMS in July 2006 (MSP-AMS being the DC-10-30).

Also in 2006 I had a trip planned to KOA for a family vacation. I made a day trip to HNL just to ride an Aloha 732. I'm really glad I did it now that AQ is gone for good, as well as 732s in the US.

Then in 2008 I knew I would want to hurry and ride a DC-9 while there were still some options with NW. I ended up working it in to an existing trip on AMS-EWR-DTW-PHX (EWR-PHX being the DC-9-30). My girlfriend was pissed about the extra leg on that trip, but it was worth it to sit in the back of a DC-9!
 
planeguy727
Posts: 1054
Joined: Fri Mar 30, 2007 2:58 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Tue Nov 24, 2009 2:06 pm

Because I am very productive with work when on an aircraft I will frequently chose a longer set of flights. For example - I did LGA-PHL-LAX-PHX-DEN and accomplished quite a bit. On the return I did just one stop (DEN-CLT-LGA).

I've also done out of the way routings to get mileage tickets when I didn't have much flexibility in dates. For example PHL-YYZ-FRA-VIE-CAI (the return was CAI-FRA-PHL). That trip also provided my first transatlantic AC, first AC Jazz, and first Austrian flights.
I want to live in an old and converted 727...
 
dfambro
Posts: 325
Joined: Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:32 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Tue Nov 24, 2009 8:49 pm

I book weird itineraries on domestic transcon overnight flights so I can take UA p.s. planes.

I've got a trip in December that is SAN-LAX-JFK-BOS where I will be in business class on the overnight LAX-JFK leg, a UA p.s. configured 752.

Jetblue flies a SAN-BOS overnight flight but I'll be completely useless the next day at work if I take that plane. I could have done SAN-LAX-BOS in first class on VX but that was twice the price than my UA routing (thanks to the 1K status on UA giving me free upgrades to J class on my Y ticket)
 
Maverick623
Posts: 4637
Joined: Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:13 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:13 am

Being a non-rev, plus wanting to visit new airports, I've had to get rather ... creative with some of my routings.

For example, I wanted to add LCY to my list of airports I've been to. No problem. Figured I'd make a week-long trip out of it....

PHX-SAN-CLT-EWR-BRS, train ride up to LPL to visit some family, LPL-BSL, train to ZRH-LCY-DUB, overnight, DUB-PHL-PHX.

I spent a total of 35 minutes at LCY.

And I also managed to add in 5 other new airports (BRS, LPL, BSL, ZRH, DUB).

EDIT: Make that six.... on the way to Bristol we had to divert to BHX. Oops.

Oh, and managed to snag a new airplane, BAE-146.

[Edited 2009-11-24 16:32:04]
"PHX is Phoenix, PDX is the other city" -777Way
 
ammunition
Posts: 875
Joined: Sat Feb 16, 2002 6:25 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Wed Nov 25, 2009 12:36 pm

If flying LON-PAR I would rather fly westbound, that is how far out of the way I would go.
How far have I actually gone, well... having booked flights from STN- KUL and then from KUL-MEL, I took about 14 relatively random flights to get back to England over the summer, just for the sake of flying, seeing airports, experiencing airlines, and of course new places.

Also, earlier this year, I booked a flight to DCA from DUB with routing- DUB-PHL-(Cleaveland)-DCA-LGA-PHL-LHR-DUB on US Airways, and to get the flight from DUB I flew MAN-DUB-MAN. In the end the flight from PHL to Cleaveland was delayed so they put me on a direct to DCA sans baggage, which i was not pleased about, new airport+new type missed.

I think you guys in the states are very lucky with your wacky multi stop, multi transfer flight opportunities, here in Europe, I feel lucky travelling intra Europe with a 1 stop routing, let alone the multi stops over there.
Saint Augustine- 'The world is a book and those who do not travel, read only 1 page'
 
TLG
Posts: 364
Joined: Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:41 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Thu Nov 26, 2009 2:32 am



Quoting PGNCS (Reply 11):
Less time spent in the airplane is more time to do the things I want to do.

For me the thing I want to do is to spend more time in the airplane.

-TLG
 
gabrielchew
Posts: 3720
Joined: Tue Aug 02, 2005 5:43 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Thu Nov 26, 2009 10:23 am

When I was living in Beijing, I routed PEK-SHA-SZX-(train)-HKG-SIN-LHR more than once to fly SQ. The direct flight is 5080 miles, my routing was 9795, so nearly 5000 miles out of my way. I did get to spend a night in Hong Kong though, and fly on the A380! Well worth it over flying Air China!
http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LGW-OPO-LGW,LHR-FCO-CTA-LIN-LCY,LHR-AMS-GRQ-SEN,LTN-CPH-LHR-ORD
 
isitsafenow
Posts: 3413
Joined: Sun Feb 01, 2004 9:22 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:57 pm

Domestic in the USA, you are at mercy of the carriers website that dictates fare.
The most direct route with the least layover is usually a higher fare.
If you see a route geographically out of the way or has a 3- 5 hour wait between planes, that's the ole el-cheapo fare you're looking for. There are exceptions, of course.
safe
If two people agree on EVERYTHING, then one isn't necessary.
 
teo747
Posts: 123
Joined: Sat Nov 25, 2006 2:44 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:55 pm

I would go quite a ways out of the way to visit a new airport, or try a new airline or aircraft type. To me, visiting new places and trying out new things is the best part of traveling, and that includes the process of getting there and getting home!

While I don't usually have the money to do overly crazy routings, my best one was probably noticing that when booking a simple GTF-DEN-GTF round trip I could route DEN-SEA-GTF on UA and QX on the way home with a 8-hour layover in SEA for just about the same price as the DEN-GTF nonstop on UA. I chose the SEA routing and during the layover, hopped on a bus and visited the awesome Museum of Flight. I think it's also fun to look at one-way fares vs. round trip fares to see if you can get a better deal and maybe a more interesting routing. I once needed to fly DEN-STL round trip, but found that buying three one-way tickets DEN-PHX, PHX-STL, and STL-DEN was cheaper than the simpler DEN-STL-DEN round trip (on three different airlines, no less - UA, WN, and F9). I was even able to catch a Diamondbacks game in Phoenix to add one more stadium to the list of MLB stadiums I've visited!
 
WestJetForLife
Posts: 704
Joined: Mon Jun 20, 2005 3:37 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Nov 28, 2009 7:43 pm

When traveling to the Caribbean, I rarely, if EVER use a Canadian airline (WS or AC), due to the concept of connecting in YYZ. I have made it a personal rule NEVER to fly through YYZ unless absolutely necessary.

So, in most cases, if traveling south of Miami or Dallas, I will ALWAYS fly AA to wherever I am going, even if it means 3 hours in a *sigh* MD-80. Beats 5 hours on Air Canada!

Cheers,
Nik
I need a drink.
 
User avatar
BNE
Posts: 2921
Joined: Fri Mar 31, 2000 9:37 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:24 am

May 2003 Flew MEL-SYD via ABX for the Rex SAAB 340 on both legs

Jan 2004 Flew AKL-WLG-CHC for the Qantas NZ 733 and ATR 72 on Origin Pacific

Oct 2007 Flew CNS-ISA-TSV for the Macair SAAB 340/ATR42.

April 2008 Flew HTI-CNS-TSV-MKY-ROK-BNE for the Qantas Link milk run on the Dash 8-300/Dash 8-400.

Nov 2008 Flew BNE-CNS-KIX-HEL-LHR (KIX-HEL) just for the MD11.

May 2009 Flew AKL-CHC-AKL on Qantas NZ just for the fun of it; didn't leave the airport.

May 2009 Flew AKL-SYD-BNE for the EK A380 on the SYD-AKL leg.

June 2009 Flew BNE-MKY-ROK-BNE to fly on a QQ F100 on the BNE-MKY run.

Oct 2009 Flew SYD-PPQ-CFS-BNE on a combined QF Link Brindabella Airlines J32.

There are others.

Coming up.

December 2009 Flying AKL-SYD-BNE to fly LA in J on a 343

Quoting Chootie (Reply 9):
Geeze and I thought I was the only GEEK to do things as mentioned above cool cool cool

Definitely not; you are amongst friends here.  Silly
Why fly non stop when you can connect
 
traveler
Posts: 231
Joined: Sun Jul 08, 2001 10:09 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Dec 05, 2009 12:46 pm

Hello guys,

I am flying AA to MEXico CITY for Xmas.

Here is my route just to try the AA Embraer 135

YUL-EWR
EWR-MIA
MIA-MEX

I have not flown the Embraer 135 yet

traveler
 
andaman
Posts: 2271
Joined: Wed Oct 05, 2005 5:29 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Dec 05, 2009 3:33 pm

I spent the October in Thailand and Malaysia, instead of simply booking HEL-BKK-HEL I chose to fly HEL-BRU-AUH-BKK-KUL-BKK-CNX-HKT-SIN-NRT-HEL.... I wanted to try as many new airlines and routes as possible, plus to get on A380 in some point. I also wanted to burn my AY miles to be upgraded to the C class, so decided the last leg should be on AY.
The new airlines for me were Brussels Airlines, Etihad, Malaysian, SilkAir and Singapore Airlines (A380), others were Thai, Bangkok Airways and Finnair.
It was great fun, though got a DVT in the end, won't forget those flight socks next time  Wink
Chinese cookie in SFO: "You're doomed to a life of forever travelling abroad and to be able to afford it!"
 
RJLover
Posts: 344
Joined: Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:41 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sat Dec 05, 2009 6:41 pm

I've been prepared to fly YEG-YYC-YMM-YYZ-YVR-YYJ, with the YMM-YYZ flight being a redeye, due to IRROPS in YEG. If I wasn't able to make it on the last YEG-YVR flight of the night, I didn't want to spend the night in the terminal, so I was going to fly East to go West.

I was also planning to do YYJ-YVR-HKG-LHR-YVR-YYJ in 52 hours, but had to scrap the trip due to loads.

Ah, the joys of being a Non-Rev.
Last Flight(s): YHZ-YHM-YUL-YHZ Next Flight(s):
 
JHCRJ700
Posts: 215
Joined: Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:51 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:58 pm

Even though BA has a direct flight from Baltimore to Heathrow I choose to fly Continental and connect in Newark to fly a 777. I'm also flying from Heathrow to Houston to Baltimore again to fly on a 777. I've added many hours to my trip, but I didn't feel like crossing the pond in a 757.
RUSH
 
copter808
Posts: 1383
Joined: Sat Dec 30, 2000 1:14 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sun Dec 06, 2009 6:16 pm

Although it has nothing to do with a particular aircraft type, I have flown MNL-BKK with the following routing: MNL-NRT-EWR-(either DEL or BOM, don't remember which)-EWR-HKG-BKK. That's the long way to make the trip but it was for the CO inagural flight to/from the city in India.

That works out to 33,354 (or 32,386) miles flown to reach a point only 1,361 miles from the point of origin!
 
CXB77L
Posts: 2603
Joined: Tue Feb 17, 2009 12:18 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:34 am

Well, the only "out of the way" flight, if it can be even called that, is settling for the 0100/0200 departures for CX888/CX889, just to ride on the 77W, where I could've taken the 1635 CX838 in an A343. But I wasn't going to be stuck in an uncomfortable and old A343 with the huge IFE box impeding on my legroom for 12 hours from HKG-YVR. I'd much rather fly on the 777.

If it came down to having to go out of the way, I guess I would if I was travelling alone. I plan on getting on a 744 again before they retire for good, and I guess I could go SYD-HKG on QF or AKL to HKG on CX, which wouldn't be too far out of the way for me.
Boeing 777 fanboy
 
CGKings317
Posts: 87
Joined: Mon Nov 21, 2005 6:38 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:04 am

I will be going to the University of Ottawa for graduate school in January. Being from PDX, I chose to fly AC to get the B763 on the YVR-YYZ segment of my PDX-YVR-YYZ-YOW itin. I would have chosen the 777 flight that departs 1 hour earlier, but I need a long layover to deal with student visa issues with CIC at YVR.

I love the concept of flying wide-bodies on domestic routes.

~CGKings317  Smile
I love ✈ & volcanoes but the 2 of them dont get along, just ask KLM867 & PH-BFC
 
Superfly
Posts: 37735
Joined: Thu May 11, 2000 8:01 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Mon Dec 07, 2009 8:21 am

I've flown to Havana, Cuba to get the Cubana IL-62 from Cancun.
I've flown to Cancun to get a Mexicana 727.
I've flown to Bangkok, Thailand to get the Aeroflot IL-96 to Moscow.
I've flown to Hong Kong on Thai Airways get their last 747-300 flight.
I've flown to Moloka'i to fly on Island Air Dash-8-100.
I've flown Athens to New York to catch Olympic Airways A340.
I've flown super early in the morning out of Madison, Wisconsin to connect in Milwaukee to catch one of the last Midwest 717 Signature Series flights to Los Angeles.
I've flown through Minneapolis to catch a Northwest DC-9 to Chicago ORD.
I've woke up super early to catch United 747s to Chicago and back home here to San Francisco many times.

Quoting Zrs70 (Thread starter):
For instance, if you need to fly LAX-LHR in business or first class, would you take the nonstop in a 777, old configuration, or fly via ORD to get a new configuration?

I make it a point to avoid twins if I can get a 747 on the same route.
When flying to Tokyo and Bangkok on United, I make sure I get the 747.
Bring back the Concorde
 
atrude777
Posts: 4258
Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2003 11:23 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:34 pm

I wanted to fly the 767-200 on AA in J class JFK-LAX.

I use STL as my departure city. Problem? AA doesn't serve STL-JFK :-P

So my STL-LAX became STL-BOS-JFK-LAX one way in the same day, return was LAX-STL non stop.

Used my AA miles for it too.

Non Revving on WN PHX-STL I had to go PHX-SAN-MCI-STL to get home.

I have done some crazy routings!

Alex
Good things come to those who wait, better things come to those who go AFTER it!
 
User avatar
NZ107
Posts: 4946
Joined: Sun Jul 10, 2005 6:51 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Mon Dec 07, 2009 11:52 pm

Air New Zealand's Grabaseat gave me the first taste of "just flying for fun" syndrome..

08 AKL-ZQN-AKL for a few hours in ZQN just to re-experience a ZQN landing
AKL-NPE-AKL just to try out the Dash 8 Q300 on the same day as an ATR 72

09 AKL-SYD on Air NZ, specifically rang up to change my flight to make sure I got on the 763 rather than the A320
SYD-AKL on EK for the inaugural commercial A380 flight into NZ

AKL-WLG-AKL a few times just to try out Jetstar and DJ's 738
SYD-OOL-MEL-SYD in one day with the OOL-MEL leg on JQ just to try out the A321
SYD-MEL-SYD was to try out Tiger and never happened, but the return leg was to try out JQ's A332
SYD-MEL-CBR-SYD to try out QF A332 and experience an E70 for the first time

A few more in my mind which I should get around to sometime: AKL-NPE on Air Chathams just to try out a CV-580, AKL-SYD on NZ's inaugural 77W and also the first 787-9 flight of NZ whenever that is to wherever they send it to.
It's all about the destination AND the journey.
 
User avatar
LTU932
Posts: 13072
Joined: Fri Jan 06, 2006 12:34 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Wed Dec 09, 2009 4:23 am

Well, for my flight to HAM, I could have taken this one-stop flight:

CO 1797 SJO-EWR, CO 74 EWR-HAM

However, since I started planning this, I wanted to avoid the US (because I don't want to go through the whole ESTA registration and filling out the I-94W just for a transit, and then encounter a rude immigration official), I chose a different route that requires two-stops:

MX 378 SJO-MEX, LH 499 MEX-FRA, LH 18 FRA-HAM

Sure, LH is not exactly the best choice of carrier, but since I've done plenty of transits in the US when TWOV still existed there, and although I still may have to go through immigration at MEX and fill out the FMT form most likely, it's still a good choice for me.
 
User avatar
Ryan h
Posts: 1609
Joined: Thu Aug 23, 2001 7:11 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Wed Dec 09, 2009 1:01 pm

I have done a few of those sort of trips.

Adelaide Kingscote twice (Beech 1900C and SAAB 340)
Adelaide Olympic Dam Fokker 50

And next year I plan on flying the Metro to Port Augusta and when Qantaslink get their Adelaide Port Lincoln flights with the Dash 8 400 going.

I enjoy the flights in regional turboprops to outback airports as it is easy to get off and then get straight back on the return flight.
South Australian Spotter www.ryanhothersall.net
 
lxmd11
Posts: 42
Joined: Wed Aug 26, 2009 3:37 pm

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Sun Dec 13, 2009 2:44 am

If I had the money or the chance i would fly EWR-BOS
EWR - ATL - JNB - DXB - AUH - GVA - ZRH - BOS
 Smile
 
B777LRF
Posts: 1437
Joined: Sun Nov 02, 2008 4:23 am

RE: How Far Out Of Your Way Would You Go?

Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:14 pm

Once, on business, had to fly POS=SXM. On my chosen day of travel, there were two options: The direct on a 737 thing or the island hopping job on -8.

Took me a couple of emails to convince the travel agent I'd prefer the island hopping option. Been a few years now, but do think we had 3 or 4 stops enroute, and a change of aircraft/airline somewhere. It was fantastic.

Apart from that, I'm trying my best to avoid a certain airport (step forward LHR!) and to fly certain carriers (LX, OS, LH - that'd be you). Why LX, OS or LH? Well, because they're still civilised in MUC, FRA, VIE and ZRH allowing smoking in designated areas. Nothing beats a Marlboro after a long-haul flight. Don't think I need to explain why I'm avoiding Heathrow.
From receips and radials over straight pipes to big fans - been there, done that, got the hearing defects to prove

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: MesaFlyGuy and 22 guests