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Flying For The Hell Of It

Sat Mar 04, 2006 4:14 pm

have you ever gotten bought a roundtrip ticket ,and flown somewhere just for the day or a few hours?
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sat Mar 04, 2006 6:56 pm

well, actually i have, but not for the hell of it. back in september of 2005 when hurricane Katrina hitted new orleans, I evacuated to houston, then to dallas. Being a foreign student in the US. they told us they were going to cancel the semester down here, so I didnt wanted to go back to my home country, so I flew on a friday to CLL, on AA SAAB, I remember we departed at 6 am, when everything in DFW was closed, got there at around 8, and set up everything with TEXAS A & M, we scheduled our classes, got an apartment, and everything, and came back the same day, our flight left at 445, it preety interesting, i have never flown comercially and came back the same day, and even without clothing
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sat Mar 04, 2006 8:14 pm

Yes i went to Zurich for the winter meet in January.
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:12 pm

Being an airline employee, I've done it several times. Last month, I got out of a meeting at work, very close to DFW, at 4:10pm. I usually work a night shift, and am rarely off in the afternoon. I really didn't want to go fight traffic, so I had an idea. I went to DFW, parked, and got on the 5:15pm to IAH. Then I got back on the same plane coming back! I like to hop down to IAH for three reasons. 1. In the A terminal, there's a fast food authentic Mexican restaurant that has GREAT enchiladas with green sauce! 2. To see the international lineup at the IAB (or whatever the new name is for the non-terminal E international terminal). The international lineup is much more impressive than DFW. 3. I really wanted to see Privatair. I was there from 6:30pm until nearly 8pm, but only saw Mexicana and the last British Airways. I checked the computer when I got back, and Privatair operates every day except for Wednesday, which is when I went! Just my luck.

Once I flew to Denver and back in an afternoon when I had a lot of stuff to read for a class I was taking. It just seemed like the thing to do. I had listed myself in coach both ways, but was dressed for first class. I got kind of hungry, so I asked the gate agent if they were serving any food in first on the return. She said they were, so she gave me first class on the return!

I've flown to AUS as well. I keep wanting to do ATL or LAX, but haven't yet.

When I was a teenager a friend and I would save up and buy tickets when they were on sale...we got a connecting roundtrip of 4 legs for $78 in the late 80s and early 90s. SHV-DFW-SAT and back for example.
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sat Mar 04, 2006 9:45 pm

Not yet but one of these days I'm going to do Westray - Papa Westray in Orkney, just for the hell of it. It's the world's shortest scheduled route at 2 minutes, depending on the wind. Due to the timetable, it seems you have to spend one night up there so a day-trip's out of the question.  biggrin 
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:47 pm

Yes, see this thread  Wink
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:52 am

I often go up to Manchester for a few hours or to Ireland. In december i flew Bristol-Dublin on the sunday night flight, spent 7 hours overnight at the airport, then flew back on the 6:40am flight. But that was just to get on the B737-200 before Ryanair retired them.

I'm going to both Shannon and Frankfurt (Hahn) for a day in the coming month or so. My friend is Irish, and because the flights are so cheap to Ireland we often go, usually to Cork. No idea why i'm going to Frankfurt, but it was pretty cheap (£24 return) and was convenient times so i thought what the hell why not?
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:34 am

In the summer of 05 my father and I flew LGA-DFW-ORD-LGA in one day. Our purpose was to see the new international terminal in DFW and then fly on an AA 777 from DFW-ORD. BTW it was fun and I was able to enjoy the flagship suite!
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 9:44 am

I fly EGCC-EIDW (odd times EGCC-EGLL) just for the day but majority of the time it's business and no pleasure  Sad (well it is to fly  Wink)
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:24 am

I flew SAT-DFW-ORD-SAT on AA. Ended up being about a 12 hr trip... and def worth every penny! What a day...

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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 10:47 am

I flew to Jakarta for just one day to attend a friends BBQ party, LAS-SLC-LAX-NRT-SIN-CGK-NRT-ATL-LAS.

I nearly puked a little since I went to work right after I landed in LAS haha.
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 11:44 am

Way back when US took over PSA, I took a day trip from BLI to SEA, just to say I flew on US on the first day out of BLI.
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 05, 2006 1:10 pm

Its something I do quite a lot of.

First time was in April 2004 PLH-BRS-PLH just to try out Air Southwest and the DHC8-300, the irony was that I didn't think the service would last so wanted to fly it before it died, yet now its a route which I take every other week.

In August 2004 I did PLH-BRS-DUB-BRS-PLH with Air Southwest and Ryanair just to fly on the B737-200, again ironic as I managed to get on 3 other 732's by 'accident' in the following 5 months!

July 2005 flew on the Iran Air B747-100 sightseeing flight, although that was not a return flight as such.

October 2005 MAD-LPA-MAD on Iberia A340-300s, as part of the Mega MAD/LPA A.net meet.

December 2005 BHX-DUB-BHX; EI A320s, just to see Dublin and meet Ben, although we didn't actually manage to find each other till we got back to the airport in the evening, lol.

January 2006 BHX-DUB-BHX; FR 738, another look at Dublin and do some research.

February 2006 BHX-EDI-BHX; Had never been to Scotland before so decided to see what it was like and also get to try FlyBe and their DHC8-Q400/ BAe146-200.

February 2006 BHX-BFS-STN-GLA-BHX; booked well in advance, set me back only around £70 in total. On BMI Baby B737-500, Easyjet B737-700, Air Berlin B737-700 and FlyBe BAe146-300 respectively.

Next one dayer will be tomorrow; PLH-BRS-PLH, business though, not for pleasure, I could get the train non-stop up to Birmingham but the station is 6 miles from my house, and the airport only 1, which is a good enough excuse to fly half the way to Bristol then get on a train if you ask me Wink

I also fly countless indirect routings, not always cheaper but I do just for the hell of it!;

BHX-BCN via DUB, SNN & LPL. (to get the EI A330 Wink )

one day I'm going to get to Plymouth from Birmingham by doing; BHX-EWR-BRS-PLH on CO and Air Southwest, again, just for the hell of it Smile

Might get the picture that I like flying a bit too much biggrin 

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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:00 pm

Well, flying for free helps, because I do this all the time. In fact, I just did one yesterday. (DFW-PHL-PIT-PHL-CLT-DFW) My longest one lasted 27 hours. (DFW-PHL-SFO-PHL-DFW) Hey, it is a fun thing to do when you are bored, and it is free too.  wink 

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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:06 pm

Yeah, last year my UA miles were going to run out so I decided to take a short hop from HLZ (Hamilton, NZ) to AKL. He drove me there and then I flew back on the 20 min flight which was basically for the hell of it - Still the smallest plane I've been on - B1900D.

It was all good. I definitely plan on doing more in the future!
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Mon Mar 06, 2006 9:27 pm

Maybe it's an age related thing or an everything-becomes-routine thing. I used to love flying, and in a way I still do it. However, after several one-day communtes , I am beginning to hate them. I have to get up early, drag my rotting body to the airport, organize my own food for the flight, get from the destination airport to the city, do my thing there, and then haul myself back home. After a while it just sucks.  old 

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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 12, 2006 9:45 am

Well I had a reason for flying somewhere but my parents let me pick reasonable routes with reasonable airlines for KAUS-KSJC and it was really nice being able to go to new cities that I've never been to before.
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Sun Mar 12, 2006 11:56 pm

I have been lucky enough to be at my local airport when we met my Mum's boss who has a share in locally based Mooney M.201J and he took for a quick flight over Clacton.

Also I have had a pleasure flight in a JetRanger during my local airports open day.
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Tue Mar 14, 2006 2:59 am

I just flew CO from MIA to CLE and then to ORD, just to fly an a ERJ, instead of taking the nonstop flight, and I will be flying this Thursday to MEM and then to MIA( and then to PTY and then to EZE) just to fly on NW, wich I never did.  Smile

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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Tue Mar 14, 2006 1:00 pm

While we didn't buy a ticket, Syncmaster and I jumpseated from FWA to ATL last month just to go spotting at the Renaissance. It was quite fun!  bigthumbsup 

Our next trip will most likely be SFO or SAN, possibly next week.

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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Tue Mar 14, 2006 5:50 pm

I live in Brighton UK, (The south coast) and my parents live in Bahrain in the Middle-East. I was working up until 4pm Christmas Eve and from 11am Boxing day, yet still managed to take a coach, get to LHR, flew to BAH, arrived there at 7:15am local time, spent Christmas Day with my family, then left at 0200 from BAH to LHR, arrived LHR 6:30am, coach back to Brighton, and back at work 10:30am.

It was a strange experience, but worth it just to be with family, although I seemed to be on GF's old A340's, with no PTVs and very cramped seating on both legs, didn't worry me too much as I needed the sleep regardless!
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:02 am

I've done 2 so far. My first was on Northwest MSP-MDW-MSP on an A320 on the way over, and a 757 on the way back. My second one was the year after (2004) on United MSP-DEN-LAX-ORD-MSP on an A320, 767-300, 747-400, and 737-500. Both were fantastic times, and trip reports for both can be found in the trip report forum!
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Wed Mar 15, 2006 3:11 am

Flew CLE-MDW-CLE for a day trip. 6am to Chicago...back in Cleveland by 7pm that night. Flew MCO-FLL-MCO to go have lunch with my parents too....
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:29 am

I did Concorde LHR-JFK once to surprise an old friend.  Smile
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RE: Flying For The Hell Of It

Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:53 am

Well I just got a job with DL and I'm thinking of going to ATL or JFK for the day and then back home.
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