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Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Wed Aug 29, 2012 7:48 am

What do you prefer for long flights? Non-Stop , Direct(One-Stop), or Connecting. I prefer Non-Stop because when I get off the plane I want to be at my final destination.
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byronicle6
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:07 am

Depends on the airline and cost, but generally for long-haul I prefer connecting flights
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:16 am

From where I am currently working, Doha, I have no choice but to have connecting flights. I do however try to limit the connections to no more than 2 each way.
 
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:08 am

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 1):

Depends on the airline and cost, but generally for long-haul I prefer connecting flights

Me too--anything longer than 10 hours gets really annoying really fast. Better to split it up!

Of course, if the price is right, it's fine to do a non-stop.
 
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:32 am

YankeesFan, for long flights (i.e. greater than about 6 or 7 hours), I prefer either a direct flight--with an enroute stop--or a connecting flight.

I have been on a few long flights--around 10 or 12 hours--and to be honest, after about 6 or 7 hours in flight, I start getting very uncomfortable and would really enjoy landing, getting off the airplane for a while so I can go inside the terminal building and stretch my legs, get some fresh air, etc., but of course, the drawback--especially with a connecting flight--is the possibility of missing a connection, or having the second flight cancel.

I guess the answer is--while I would prefer a direct or connecting flight, if there is a nonstop available (assuming the fare is the same), I would probably go ahead and book it to avoid the stress of getting stuck at the connecting city.

My travel is generally dictated by the lowest fare--not scheduled departure/arrival times, aircraft type, or whether there is an enroute stop  

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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:05 pm

Quoting byronicle6 (Reply 1):
but generally for long-haul I prefer connecting flights
Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 3):
Me too--anything longer than 10 hours gets really annoying really fast. Better to split it up!

  

I always prefer connections. I want to be able to walk around, experience a new airport terminal, use the restroom, take some pictures, maybe grab a bite to eat, etc.

Honestly, boarding an aircraft and then deplaning at my final destination just isn't exciting for me.
 
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:45 pm

Quoting AlnessW (Reply 5):
I always prefer connections. I want to be able to walk around, experience a new airport terminal, use the restroom, take some pictures, maybe grab a bite to eat, etc.

The problem these days is that so many things can go wrong and every additional stop multiplies the chances that something will go wrong -- delays, misconnections, checked bags going astray etc. And any connection is going to add at least 2 hours, often more, to the elapsed time on a longhaul trip. I think most people would rather get to their destination as quickly as possible.

When I used to fly 4 or 5 times a year from YVR (and for a few years from YYC) to Europe on business, when I had to connect at YYZ or YUL, especially on the westbound trip, I always used to think that, had I been able to use a nonstop flight, I would have been arriving home just about the time the connecting flight was taking off from YYZ/YUL, with another 5 hours or so to go.

Connections also increase the airport taxes/fees, sometimes quite significantly.
 
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Fri Aug 31, 2012 2:58 am

As much as I like planes, I pay extra for the non-stop every single time.
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Sat Sep 01, 2012 7:57 am

I'd prefer to be beamed there..
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RE: Non-Stop Vs Direct(One Stop) Vs Connecting

Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:24 am

Whichever the option is to get on the airline, aircraft type I want for the right price. Life is so much more exciting when you don't take the easiest, most obvious option.
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