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Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:56 pm

Which carrier used to run a promo where you paid a fee for a weekend get-a-way and when you got to the airport the airline decided where you would go? My memory is failing me......thanks.
 
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:59 pm

Northwest!! Here is an article from 1994: https://www.apnews.com/e55c7589b856ec44190021562677039f
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Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:00 pm

So like Chat Roulette for flying. Sign me up.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:01 pm

That seems to have been a Western Pacific thing. Somewhat rings a bell in my mind that they did that sort of thing. But, don't quote me lol.
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MD80Ttail
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Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:02 pm

Seems several carriers have done this. Interesting concept. I was sure someone had done it but a friend of mine said it was in my imagination. Thank you all!!
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:03 pm

In this era of limited hotel supply in many places, you better hope you can find a place to stay!
 
MD80Ttail
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Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:10 pm

Pretty sure they included the accommodations as part of a package.
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:11 pm

KLM used to do it as a "day trip" excursion out of AMS.
There and back on the same day, it was more geared toward enthusiasts.
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:25 pm

Lufthansa and Eurowings have such a blind booking option within Europe
Destinations are in different categories that you can pick
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:46 pm

YouGeeElWhy wrote:
So like Chat Roulette for flying. Sign me up.


Chatroulette! This throwback :lol:
 
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Tue Apr 30, 2019 11:55 pm

Anyone can do this at any time.

In a different age I flew into LHR and had the weekend to myself. I went to the Lufhansa desk and asked what was the next flight on which they had a seat.

I spent a day and a half in Hamburg.
 
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Wed May 01, 2019 12:12 am

Would it be a round trip ticket? And was the price good for the distance?
 
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Wed May 01, 2019 12:44 am

Ansett did it, but you turned around back on the same aircraft. Think it was Saturday only, marketed as "mystery flights".
 
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Wed May 01, 2019 1:21 am

The original Frontier did this back in the day. Some friends were sent to Fargo, North Dakota I think they said. Actually had a great time, so not the punchline it might seem.
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Wed May 01, 2019 3:02 am

YouGeeElWhy wrote:
So like Chat Roulette for flying. Sign me up.


Not so much fun.

I live in PNG. When I book a ticket to a KNOWN destination and the airline still sends me where they want.
 
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Wed May 01, 2019 5:07 am

In Australia, Qantas and Ansett did mystery flights. Perhaps someone knows if Australian Airlines (the original one) did as well?

They were as day trips, so would generally be somewhere close e.g. from MEL would be places such as HBA LST CBR ADL SYD. Not sure if they went any further.
 
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Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Wed May 01, 2019 5:08 am

eta unknown wrote:
Ansett did it, but you turned around back on the same aircraft. Think it was Saturday only, marketed as "mystery flights".


I remember taking a mystery Qantas flight between Perth and Melbourne in 1997. We ended up having around 5-6 hours in Melbourne. Particularly stands out as I was invited to sit in the cockpit for landing. As good as winning the lottery for a teenage aviation fan! :D
 
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Wed May 01, 2019 9:30 am

For a while British Airways did mystery day trips - you turned up flew somewhere nearby spent a couple of hours at your destination and then flew home. I did it a couple of times once ending up at Schipol [I wont say Amsterdam as we didn't have time to leave the airport and get to the city and back] and once to CDG.
 
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Re: Buying a ticket to an unknown destination and airline sends you where they want.

Wed May 01, 2019 6:35 pm

Seems... questionable?
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Thu May 02, 2019 2:03 pm

Something close to this but not exactly on the dot... in the 70s, there were the transatlantic "budget" fares, where you would go to the airline, pay for your ticket, which allowed you a departure time window. Then, the local reservation office would call you letting you know the departure date within that window.
 
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Thu May 02, 2019 7:29 pm

I did this once back in the late 90's with Western Pacific out of COS. Most of their route map consisted of cities where I would like to visit. Back in those days, you checked in at the counter, and they issued a boarding pass to the mystery city. Mine just so happened to be Seattle, which I enjoyed very much. I was single, and in my 20's then, and loved adventure. It would't be so easy for me to do that today, simply because I don't have the free time. But I think it would be something fun for my wife, and I to do on a weekend when we didn't have any plans. Too bad no one is doing that (that I know of) in the US today.
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