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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:08 pm

My most notable:

NRT-ATL-IAH
LIH-HNL-ATL-IAH
IAH-IST-BUD (RT)
TXL-HEL-ORD-IAH
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Apr 26, 2020 8:44 am

While I didn't fly it ultimately: I was a hair length away from doing New York to Buenos Aires via London on Norwegian because the tickets were dirt cheap.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:21 am

Flew ORD-LHR via SFO which was ok.

SYD-LAX via ICN was painful in Y.

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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Apr 26, 2020 10:40 am

I once flew PLZ-JNB-SYD-PER instead of SA direct simply so I could maintain my QF status.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Mon Apr 27, 2020 3:20 am

Before COVID-19, Passengers in the Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton, PA, area flying various domestic routes had a strange choice: United actually had a bus between ABE and EWR. Not an A320, but a motor coach! That's about a two-hour trip without leaving. They were not the first airline to do this, however. There was Skyways Coach Air in the 1950s and early 1960s in Britain.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Mon Apr 27, 2020 9:06 am

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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue Apr 28, 2020 4:16 am

stlgph wrote:
A friend of mine worked ticketing at JFK for Turkish. Said several years ago when Turkish offered $500/thereabouts roundtrip JFK to points like AMS, CDG, LHR, etc. - people came out in droves flying to IST then flying back to western europe to take advantage of the savings.

They can be the cheapest option from my local airport EDI to LAX. Hell of a detour for an alreasy long trip.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue Apr 28, 2020 1:32 pm

While definitely not as outlandish as some of the others here, a rather circuitous routing (and in fact, one of my favorite days of flying in memory) was FRA-ORD-ATL-RDU.

What I find funny about this trip is that while the heading for a direct FRA-RDU connection would have been WSW, I connected both further west and further south than my destination.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue May 19, 2020 1:04 am

I flew ATH-ZRH-TLV

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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue May 19, 2020 4:49 pm

In 2009 we wanted to visit family and friends in both the Phoenix and Chicago area. We were looking for AMS-PHX and ORD-AMS, and would use Southwest in between. An open-jaw from LHR in stead of AMS saved about €500 per person, €2000 for the family. So we booked LHR-MSP-PHX...ORD-CDG-LHR. With the money saved we booked AMS-LHR on BMI and LHR-AMS on BA. This meant on the way back we flew ORD-CDG-LHR-AMS. If it weren't for the checked baggage (which the Air France lady was able to send all the way to AMS) we would have skipped the leg back to LHR and taken the train home to AMS...
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed May 20, 2020 2:27 am

Not too long ago (last fall) WN sold an SMF-MSP routing that went SMF-BOI, then connecting flight was BOI-MSP with a stop in OAK. And there were bags and pax seemingly each day doing this. I bet they were amused to learn the enroute stop was 100 miles from where they started. Wonder what the fare difference was between the SMF flight or nonstop from OAK?
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed May 20, 2020 3:08 am

Despite the expansion of ET and KQ, circuitous routings are still common in Africa. Before Eritrea and Ethiopia normalized relations, a friend of mine had to fly ASM-DXB-KRT since ET wasn't an option and Eritrean Airlines and Sudan Airways are completely unreliable. Flying between West African cities via Paris or Brussels is not unheard of.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed May 20, 2020 11:20 am

Didn't book it, but my favorite routing I saw was an option for DCA-LGA-PHL-HPN when booking a DCA-HPN non-stop trip. With layovers, it turned what should be a 1-hour trip into about a 7-hour ordeal
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue Jun 30, 2020 9:26 pm

My two most out of the way routings were.

DTW-CLE-BGR-FRA on Transamerica. and ANC-ATL-DTW on Delta. My cousin once flew DTW-DFW-FRA on American to get home when ORD was closed due to snow.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:29 am

I think I just set my new personal record recently with LAS-SEA-DAL and DFW-SEA-LAS on AS. Previously it was DEN-SLC-DFW with DL. I’ve also done LAS-LAX-DEN with AA a couple of times.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:34 am

stlgph wrote:
A friend of mine worked ticketing at JFK for Turkish. Said several years ago when Turkish offered $500/thereabouts roundtrip JFK to points like AMS, CDG, LHR, etc. - people came out in droves flying to IST then flying back to western europe to take advantage of the savings.

That still happens. I worked for TKs vendor in IAH in 2014 and people would go all over western Europe.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:42 pm

I’ve done SLC-SGU-PHX last year.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Mon Jul 06, 2020 1:23 am

Here's one from way back: BN186 .. IAH-SEA-PDX-DFW.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue Jul 07, 2020 11:57 pm

Flew CUR-AMS-JFK to get home because the KLM flight out of CUR was the only flight off the island with seats for 3 days.

Also did HNL-NRT-JFK to get home.

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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 6:00 am

Due to China's Five Ones policy to limit imported COVID-19 cases to China, there's been a severe shortage of flights for international students returning home.

I've had some people book absolutely insane routings just to get from the US to China ASAP.

SCE-PHL-ORD-NRT-KUL-PVG
AUS-IAH-IAD-ADD-PVG
SYR-ORD-LAX-ICN-NRT-FOC
RDU-DTW-AMS-MSQ-HET
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:26 pm

theasianguy wrote:
Due to China's Five Ones policy to limit imported COVID-19 cases to China, there's been a severe shortage of flights for international students returning home.

I've had some people book absolutely insane routings just to get from the US to China ASAP.

SCE-PHL-ORD-NRT-KUL-PVG
AUS-IAH-IAD-ADD-PVG
SYR-ORD-LAX-ICN-NRT-FOC
RDU-DTW-AMS-MSQ-HET


I'm in a WeChat group of people trying to get from North America to China and sharing their routings. I saw one who did YVR-HKG-KUL-CAN this week - since HKG isn't allowing transit to the Mainland. Of course many going via ADD and MSQ as you mention. My wife did LAX-ICN-KIX-PVG on KE, 7C, and HO which was nervewracking to watch considering the sub-MCT connection times and need to self-transfer.


My most geographically interesting routing may be back in the day when US Airways awards allowed for routing via Europe on tickets between North America and Asia. I had flown via the Pacific en route to China, but for my return decided to make it a truly round-the-world journey by taking advantage of this policy.

My route was PVG-TPE-ICN-IST-YYZ-SFO-PHX
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 1:33 pm

MSN-DTW-MKE.
SEA-EUG-PDX.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:29 pm

stlgph wrote:
A friend of mine worked ticketing at JFK for Turkish. Said several years ago when Turkish offered $500/thereabouts roundtrip JFK to points like AMS, CDG, LHR, etc. - people came out in droves flying to IST then flying back to western europe to take advantage of the savings.


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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Thu Jul 09, 2020 12:33 am

LAX-DTW-MEM-PHL on NW back in 2007.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Jul 10, 2020 6:09 pm

Not me but I met somebody last year who flew AMS-LHR-LAX-DFW-FLL on AA points.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:31 am

My trips include:

+ Savannah to Tampa (via Newark) due to a Continental Airlines mistake fare.

+ Los Angeles to Seoul (via Detroit) on DELTA was the fastest option due to last-minute purchase/availability.

+ Washington/Dulles to Seattle (via Newark, Cleveland, and Houston/Intercontinental) Continental OnePass mileage-run to retain elite status.

+ Atlanta to Los Angeles (via Toronto) on Air Canada because it was the cheapest option for a last minute decision to spend Christmas in California.

+ Atlanta to Raleigh (via Newark) because the additional OnePass miles for this itinerary allowed me to redeem a Businessfirst award ticket to Munich.

+ Washington/Dulles to Newark (via Detroit) on Northwest Airlines because it was only $99 roundtrip including taxes and fees.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:46 am

A friend of mine in Anchorage went to Seoul, South Korea. He flew ANC to SEA to connect to ICN. On the flight from SEA to ICN, he flew right over Anchorage, backtracking 1,448 miles one way, or almost 3,000 miles round-trip! It was the most direct way to get from ANC to ICN.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 19, 2020 3:25 am

I flew MIA-BOS/ORD-CLT-JFK and back several times on AA for mileage purposes. Surprisingly it was a valid routing for most MIA-NYC fares.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:42 am

IAHWorldflyer wrote:
I've sat next to people on my UA flights from MEM-IAH that were connecting MEM-IAH-CMH, MEM-IAH-IND, and MEM-IAH-STL. I asked the guy going to CMH why he didn't fly to ORD, and he said that the last connection in that direction was not late enough for him to finish his meeting in MEM, so he took the more convenient departure time.

That is exactly what it is. A lot of the flights between non-Chicago midwest cities only operate 1,2, or 3 times a day, so if those times don't work out for you when you are traveling for business, you have to connect, and sometimes the ORD flights don't work out. I know a traveler that always flys STL-CLT-CVG because neither the nonstops on DL nor the connections via ORD get him to CVG on time for 10 am meetings
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 19, 2020 6:48 am

twicearound wrote:
Flew CUR-AMS-JFK to get home because the KLM flight out of CUR was the only flight off the island with seats for 3 days.

Also did HNL-NRT-JFK to get home.

The joys of non reving

damn, that sounds crazy to expect a sort flight from your Caribbean vacation back home to needing to go on 2 TATLs haha. I'm sure it must have been quite an experience getting on a widebody from that itty bitty airport though
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Jul 19, 2020 2:59 pm

fessor wrote:
My weirdest routing is DLM-ARN-CPH-BLL just 10 min before my departure there was a DLM-BLL flight


I've seen employers book me some weird routings to and from Billund over time. One place I worked had a policy of booking low-cost airlines only, regardless of price, so they gladly paid over twice the cost for putting me on a SAS flight to Copenhagen and then a Ryanair to Stansted and a taxi to London City, when Sun Air flew a direct flight to City at less than half the price on the same day. I also did a few on Wizz Air out of Copenhagen. It stopped when I missed the self-connection one day and I was delayed in Copenhagen for several days because Wizz only flew to that destination 2 days a week.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Tue Jul 21, 2020 6:07 pm

Strangest one I've done is probably PIT-EWR-MCI and back; literally flew over my house on the EWR-MCI leg. There wasn't any direct PIT-MCI, and all the other routings for the dates I needed were longer in total time; I think one alternative was PIT-ORD-MCI with a hassle at ORD.

The other one that sticks in my memory was PIT-IAH-LHR which is definitely the long way to get there and back; I forget why exactly, probably was flying on my own dime and there was a special deal on that routing.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Jul 22, 2020 2:08 pm

Best one for me would be PER-SIN-HKG-LHR-DUS. Not on one ticket though, I had booked a return DUS-LHR-HKG to spend a semester in Shenzhen, and at the end of that time I went to Singapore and Australia with a couple of friends. Since I already had the ticket from HKG I stuck with that, also allowing me to leave a suitcase with things I didn't need to travel in storage in Hong Kong.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:17 pm

There probably are very good reasons for strange routes. Back in the day, TWA flew PDX-SEA-STL and return. I also remember QX flew PDX-PDT-BOI while, at the same time, flying PDX-BOI. Some flights could be repositioning flights, too. I was on QX on a Metro III PDX-PSC-PDT once. It was a full flight PDX-PSC but only three of us PSC-PDT. The morning non-stop PDT-PDX was usually full.

The first time I came back from Alaska, the connecting flight from ANC was grounded, so I was in SEA waiting for anything going on to PDX. There was a flight IAH-SEA-PDX on a DC9-30 on CO coming. So, it was either spend the night at SEA or go on to PDX. So, I went on.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:03 am

Many, many years ago I worked part-time with the Scandinavian flag carrier, and a couple of friends spent a long time persuading me to go to Thailand with them on an ID-90 ticket. The trip down went well, but the return turned out to be a cluster frack of epic proportions. To make it simple: There simply wasn't a single vacant seat between BKK and anywhere in Europe which I could afford, and there was hard deadline I had to meet back home. There was, however, space available going East out of BKK so I started looking at those options. In the end I flew BKK-NRT on TG, NRT-LAX-EWR on UA and finally EWR-CPH on SK. All in economy and it put me off long-haul flying for a very long time, to be more precise, until I got another job where the company would pay for me to sit in a business-class seat.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Aug 07, 2020 4:22 pm

Not exactly the same, but somewhat similar scenario. I live pretty much halfway in between DAY and CVG. Used to frequently do DAY-CVG-final destination in the DL hub days on Comair for the segments and 500 miles for a 60 mile flight. It was also usually cheaper to do DAY-CVG-final destination instead of CVG-final destination direct.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Aug 07, 2020 7:40 pm

Glad to see some other TK madness on here! I thought my PRG-IST-IAD routing was out of the way, but I've since heard of DUB, LHR and MAD to the USA via IST, and usually cheaper than all quicker alternatives. And we wonder why airlines are so financially fragile...

Also did SPU-ATH-TXL//TXL-DUS-BHX to get home when there were multiple (extortionate) ex-SPU flights to the UK. 4 flights and 24 hours later I was home. Direct flights are under 2.5 hours.

IAD-PTY-HAV was fun, overflying HAV halfway. LHR-ADD-(LFW)-GRU doubled the direct journey time and threw an extra continent in there. HAN-TPE-LGW via non-Chinese airspace was fun, especially when CI throw in free layover hotels within walking distance of night markets and some unbelievable dumplings!
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Aug 07, 2020 8:41 pm

Prefaced with, no he didn't take it but years ago, my father wanted to fly into Midway as it was closer to where his conference was, the Delta gave him, STL-ORD-DTW-MDW as their option. STL-ORD turned out to be cheaper than taking Southwest so he just dealt with getting to his hotel, still not sure why he didn't just drive tbh.

Have been forced to do some silly ones just to get someone where they needed to be on time, such as DCA-MIA-ORD over the late arriving direct DCA-ORD option.
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sat Aug 08, 2020 9:42 am

one option I had last year while planning YYZ-LAX was on Etihad. YYZ-AUH-LAX. I couldn't believe it.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sat Aug 08, 2020 7:30 pm

masi1157 wrote:
I wouldn't call it "nonsense", but well. Try to travel between the neighbouring smallest Canary Islands of La Gomera and El Hierro during winter season. We did that twice so far because they are our favourite islands.Their airports are just 70km apart, but you can only fly to Tenerife Norte at the far end of Tenerife and back in almost the same direction, which makes the trip 268km or almost 4x as long. Instead on some days you can take a routing via LPA, which is even longer. Or you take a ferry to Los Cristianos at the nearer end of Tenerife and another ferry back in almost the same direction with the ferry to/from El Hierro passing very close to La Gomera. It will take 5-6h to get from one island to the other as the timetables are not coordinated. There is no other public transport available between the two. Only in summer season there is an occasional direct ferry, but still no flight.


Gruß, masi1157

Is that Binter Canarias? Tenerife is my annual holiday location and the flight paths those ATRs take involve lots of strange loops and flying north so they can head to the south etc
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Aug 09, 2020 12:09 am

olba wrote:
one option I had last year while planning YYZ-LAX was on Etihad. YYZ-AUH-LAX. I couldn't believe it.

If the fare was reasonable, I hope you flew that way. That would be an adventure worth many good bar stories!
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Sun Aug 09, 2020 4:23 am

CrewBunk wrote:
olba wrote:
one option I had last year while planning YYZ-LAX was on Etihad. YYZ-AUH-LAX. I couldn't believe it.

If the fare was reasonable, I hope you flew that way. That would be an adventure worth many good bar stories!


The fare was ridiculously expensive. I didnt have the time to fly that route.
 
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Mon Aug 10, 2020 1:15 pm

BA often is much cheaper TATL starting from the EU. Example: in April 2019 I went AMS > LHR > LAS return for €1600 in Club. BA wanted something like £4,200 for LHR > LAS return on the very same flights. Yes I know there are additional taxes and charges flying ex-LHR, but really....

My company relocated me to SFO from the UK for two years between 2015 and 2017; my relocation package included two return trips to the UK per annum, so in 2016 we returned to the UK for Christmas on my employer. But we then wanted to go to Australia, so booked a separate LHR > SYD return on AY via HEL out of our own pocket. We flew SFO > LHR just before Christmas, had 4 days in the UK, then flew an AY LHR > HEL > HKG > SYD on AY and CX metal. In Sydney, not wanting to go back the long way, I phoned BA and asked if our return could possibly be combined, so that we just went SYD > SFO on QF rather than going all that way. No problem, they said, let us recalculate it for you... it will be an additional £6,000pp (this was in addition to the two tickets that had cost over £5,000pp already!). Needless to say, we declined their offer and then spent something like 38 hours going SYD > HKG > HEL > LHR > SFO on two separate bookings. The CX agent in Sydney very kindly through-checked our bags all the way to SFO. Amazingly, given the number of bags and the number of transfers, they were the very first ones onto the carousel at SFO; not one bag went missing.

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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:06 pm

Back in the day...KSEA to KMOT.....about 3 hours to MSP then 1.5 BACK westward to Minot...
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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Wed Aug 26, 2020 1:40 pm

TheWorm123 wrote:
Is that Binter Canarias? Tenerife is my annual holiday location and the flight paths those ATRs take involve lots of strange loops and flying north so they can head to the south etc


Sure, there is only Binter Canarias at GMZ/La Gomera (to TFN and occasionally to LPA). At VDE/El Hierro there are also a few flights of CanaryFly (1/day to TFN, 2/week to LPA).


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