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Tue Oct 02, 2007 10:31 pm

So I travel on my mom's term pass for USAirways, and because i'm turning 23 and losing my flying benefits by years end, I decided to try my luck at an around the world trip, using ZedFare Tickets and all on standby...

My Tentative itinarary, was PIT-LAX-NRT-PEK-PVG-HKG-SIN-KUL-DXB-FRA-PHL-PIT...

So deciding to leave on the 31st of August...I spent the day prior at the airport, buying tickets for the trip and some backups (HKG-DXB-JFK)...just in case, I had some issues...

Flight 1...

Date: August 31, 2007
From: Pittsburgh, PA, USA (PIT)
To: Los Angeles, CA, USA (LAX)
Airline: USAirways --US562
Aircraft Type: A320-200
Flight Time: 4 Hours 19 Minutes-- 2,134 Miles
Seat: 11A, Window in an Emergency Exit row, with 3 seat to myself.



USAirways wasn't too bad, and the extra leg room was pretty nice, I've non-rev'd on US for a long time so this was a pretty normal flight for me. Of Course now, you have to pay for your meals on US, otherwise all they give you is some type of Soda and some Pretzels.

We arrived into LAX about 20 minutes, early...and I was scheduled on a Northwest flight leaving 4 hours later. But wanting to reach Tokyo, as soon as possible and realizing that my zed fare ticket could be used on multiple airlines, I went over to the Bradley Terminal as fast as I could. Korean Air had a flight to Seoul via Tokyo, and I approached the counter 40 minutes prior to departure and enquired if they would honor my ticket. They said they'd give it to me and I was issued a boarding pass, and quickly cleared security and went to the gate.

Flight 2...

Date: August 31, 2007
From: Los Angeles, CA, USA (LAX)
To: Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
Airline: Korean Air --KE002
Aircraft Type: B777-300ER
Flight Time: 11 Hours 40 Minutes-- 5,445 Miles
Seat: 45J, Window seat with 2 seats to myself.




Korean airlines was one of the best airlines I got to travel on, The Service is very good, and the seats were pretty comfortable. They put me in Premium Economy, with my economy ticket, and I pretty much slept for most of my flight. I was woken by the FA, about 8 hours into the flight. She told me that she noticed I hadn't eaten anything. I told her I was Vegetarian and a non revenue passenger, so she went off, and found me all types of salads, and fruit from first and business class. I was pretty impressed.

We Reached Tokyo, around 2:30pm on September 1, 2007...after clearing customs I went over to the ANA counter to list myself for a flight to Beijing for the following afternoon.

Spending the evening in Japan was very fun, Its a very lively city and being a Saturday....everyone was out and about and I enjoyed the fact that due to not sleeping the night before leaving, I virtually had no jetleg despite the 12 hour time difference.

The next Morning, I took the Narita Express from Tokyo Central (3000 Yen, $30) arriving at NRT in 1 hour. NRT is a pretty impressive airport. The Start Alliance Terminal...is very easy to navigate and quite big and busy.



Flight 3...

Date: September 2, 2007
From: Tokyo, Japan (NRT)
To: Beijing, China (PEK)
Airline: All Nippon Airlines -- NH0905
Aircraft Type: B777-300
Flight Time: 2 Hours 52 Minutes-- 1,328 Miles
Seat: 36C Aisle Seat...



ANA wasn't as good as Korean Air but some of the facilities were pretty cool, the Nose gear camera and Down view camera, plus the Air Show program kept me entertained, not to mention the In Seat Entertainment ( I watched Oceans 13)..Not to mention some of the views after takeoff were pretty cool as we climbed just passed Mt. Fuji off our Left wing.

Reaching Beijing at 1:45 in the afternoon, I cleared Customs and got to my hostel...Went around Tienamen Square and prepared for my next 2 days in China's Capital. I spent the following day climbing the Great wall of China...(10KM!!!, 4.5 Hours), and Tuesday I went to the Forbidden city and around to the shopping district. Tuesday night I took a Train to Shanghai....and in 12 hours I reached Shanghai...

The Train was really a good journey, and the price was reasonable ( 500 Yuan, $70)...But being an overnight train, I had a very comfortable sleeper, and so it was definately worth it.

I spent the day in Shanghai, and after listing myself for my onward flight on Dragonair in the morning...I walked about the City...This place is really beautiful...especially after night. If you're planning a journey to Shanghai...Go to the Observation deck of the Jinmao Tower...and watch the city transform from Day to Night...The view is incredible.

The Next day...Thursday Morning..I took the Shanghai Maglev line to the new Pudong Airport. The ride was very obviously incredible (45 KM in 7 min...top speed 430 kph, 278 mph)....and the new airport (pictured below)...is pretty fantastic.



Flight 4...

Date: September 6, 2007
From: Shanghai, China (PVG)
To: Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: HK Dragonair -- KA803
Aircraft Type: A330-200
Flight Time: 2 Hours 03 Minutes-- 780 Miles
Seat: 38A Window Seat...



Dragonair, being owned by CX....was surprisingly, a very nice airline. I think its somewhat underrated for the service it provides...The Flight was quite uneventful, except for a 30 minute departure delay...There was no food offered except for a soda and a snack.

I Reached Hong Kong (massive airport), and went to my friend's place at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

I spent the next 3 days roaming around Hong Kong and Macau...and also saw the new Venetian Casino in Macau..which is amazing....

Sunday the 9th of September, I got to the airport, using the Airport Express and went to the Cathay Pacific counter. Unfortunately however, Cathay Pacific decided they didn't want to honor the ticket I had to Singapore...So I went to the United Counter and they said they would take it, but the flight was to depart 5 hours later. So naturally...I went to the New terminal 2, and walked around the new Aviation Discovery Centre, and then I bought a entrance ticket to the Skydeck for only (10 HKD, $1.50) I sat at the observation deck for about 4 hours. And returned to the United counter. I was issued a ticket and ran through Hong Kong Airport which is amazing...To catch my flight.

Flight 5...

Date: September 9, 2007
From: Hong Kong (HKG)
To: Singapore, Singapore (SIN)
Airline: United Airlines--UA895
Aircraft Type: B747-400
Flight Time: 3 Hours 21 Minutes-- 1,596 Miles
Seat: 37G Aisle Seat.



It was late in the evening, and I fell asleep, but sadly, I feel the service wasn't to par with International StandardS...that I noticed with the other airlines....No IFE....not much service. Not to mention Channel 9 didn't work to listen to ATC.

regardless, I reached Singapore really late in the evening around 11:00pm and went to my hostel, and slept.

Realizing my problem the next morning, I couldn't not Continue my journey as I had planned, because My Zed Fare ticket from Kuala Lampur was not issued properly...But my ticket from HKG to DXB to JFK was still ok, So I booked a seat on Jetstar Asia for ( 140 SGD, $90), and went about my day in Singapore.

Singapore is a really beautiful place, and extremely clean. The next day when I got to Changi Airport....I was excited to explore, because I heard that it is amazing...and it surely was.

My trip was pretty much over by this point, and the rest of it was my attempt to get home. So we begin the journey home.

Flight 6...

Date: September 11, 2007
From: Singapore, Singapore (SIN)
To: Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: JetStar Asia--3K 695
Aircraft Type: A320-200
Flight Time: 3 Hours 21 Minutes-- 1,596 Miles
Seat: 24F Window Seat...3 seats to myself.



For being a Low Cost carrier, Jet Star was pretty nice...The seat pitch wasn't amazing and neither was the service, but I bought a drink for 3 SGD or $1.50 and enjoyed the brief flight to Hong Kong.


Upon Reaching Hong Kong, I went to the Emirates Counter and checked in. They had three flights that night so my chances were pretty good. They accepted my ticket and gave me a seat... The Flight was via Bangkok and I had two different seats on the two different legs. So the flights were split up.

Flight 7...

Date: September 11, 2007
From: Hong Kong (HKG)
To: Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
Airline: Emirates --EK 385
Aircraft Type: B777-300
Flight Time: 2 Hours 23 Minutes-- 1,051 Miles
Seat: 42A Window Seat...2 seats to myself.



Suvarnabhumi seemed like an outstanding airport, and despite not being allowed to disembark, They opened the rear door and so I stood out there and look around, the busy ramp at around 1:00 am.



Flight 8...

Date: September 12, 2007
From: Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
To: Dubai, UAE (DXB)
Airline: Emirates --EK 385
Aircraft Type: B777-300
Flight Time: 5 Hours 57 Minutes-- 3,050 Miles
Seat: 41D Aisle Seat.

There was no ICE system in this flight, but we still had PTVs, and the old system, So I watched Mr. Bean's Holiday and some Tennis...and was very happy with Emirates Service. They try their best to show that they're among the best airlines in the world.

Reaching Dubai at 4:45 am, I cleared customs and spent the next 30 minutes decided if I should spend the day there. I decided I was pretty exhausted and just wanted to get back home. So I went to the counter and checked in for the flight. I was given an Aisle seat and went to the gate. On the way, I bought an EK A340-500 Model in Duty Free and went to the gate. After arriving at the gate...I asked for a Window seat if available, and was asked "if it was ok" that I had 3 seats to myself, at a Window... I gladly accepted  

Flight 9...

Date: September 12, 2007
From: Dubai, UAE (DXB)
To: New York, NY, USA (JFK)
Airline: Emirates --EK 201
Aircraft Type: B777-300ER
Flight Time: 13 Hours 25 Minutes-- 6,843 Miles
Seat: 31A Window Seat...3 Seats to myself.



Let me tell you....The ICE System, and the service on this flight was Superb. This is what flying is supposed to be like. I watched a number of movies, and enjoyed a couple TV shows..and fell asleep, lying flat of course...across my 3 seats...The 13 hour flight seemed like a really short flight and I enjoyed it a lot...

I arrived JFK at 2:30pm and decided to visit my friends in PHL for the evening and complete my Journey the next day.
I took a Bus to LGA and took a connecting flight through DCA to go to PHL...because i'd get in 1 hour earlier.

Flight 10...

Date: September 12, 2007
From: New York, NY, USA (LGA)
To: Washington, DC, USA (DCA)
Airline: USAirways-- US2183
Aircraft Type: A319
Flight Time: 53 Minutes-- 214 Miles
Seat: 11F Window Seat.

Flight 12...

Date: September 12, 2007
From: Washington, DC, USA (DCA)
To: Philadelphia, PA, USA (PHL)
Airline: USAirways-- US4045
Aircraft Type: CRJ-200
Flight Time: 43 Minutes--119 Miles
Seat: 4F Window Seat.

these flights were really short and uneventful. Soda and Drinks weren't offered on the second flight (DCA-PHL) because it was so short.

I spent the Evening with my friends in PHL and then next morning completed my Journey by returning home...

Flight 13...

Date: September 13, 2007
From: Philadelphia, PA, USA (PHL)
To: Pittsburgh, PA, USA (PIT)
Airline: USAirways-- US3779
Aircraft Type: CRJ-200
Flight Time: 59 Minutes--267 Miles
Seat: 2A Window Seat.

Once again, the last flight was pretty short, I was offered a Drink and some pretzels...But my journey had come to an end.

So my Final Itinarary...was

PIT-LAX-NRT-PEK-PVG-HKG-SIN-HKG-BKK-DXB-JFK-LGA-DCA-PHL-PIT

I had tons of fun and took a lot of pictures. I shall post more, if you would like.

Cheers....Enjoy!

[Edited 2007-10-02 15:34:20]
 
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Tue Oct 02, 2007 11:54 pm

That was a really nice report   I might try those cities especially hong kong and Japan. So can you go to any destination or do you book the zed ticket with the destinations first as i remember you being able to get a different flight from LAX or was that offered because it was within your route?

Even though I'm from england My sisters best friend went and moved to Dubai to work for Emirates and she said they are a great airline to work for. She only comes back to visit like once a year. I would like to go there aswell as i'm very curious at what it's like there plus I met a lovely girl from the middle east who is half English and half Arabic  Smile

I'd love pics of your hong kong visits  

[Edited 2007-10-02 16:57:08]
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:00 am

Awesome two week trip...i hope you really enjoyed it!!!!!
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:07 am

Quoting FCA767 (Reply 1):
So can you go to any destination or do you book the zed ticket with the destinations first as i remember you being able to get a different flight from LAX or was that offered because it was within your route?

The way Zed Tickets are used is simple. You buy a ticket, with a Zed Low, Zed Medium or Zed High fare...which is all based on milage on a certain route....such as Los Angeles to Tokyo. You can then use that ticket on whatever airlines has that zed agreement with your airline.

Ex. I got a Zed Low ticket from LAX to NRT...and according to the interline agreement between US and KE....I can fly to NRT...on a Zed Low ticket....

But if the airline is Zed Medium, and you have a Zed Low ticket...you can't fly...also...the ticket has to be for that particular flight...Meaning...you can't have a ticket from Hong Kong to Singapore and try and make a connection through Bangkok. You would need two coupons for that. Hope that helps.

Dubai was a really cool place...looking back at it..I really should have stayed there.
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:30 am

That was a nice report... a great trip to make! Would like to see the extra photos if you can post them.

Thanks
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 1:43 am

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):

Thanks for the clear up  Smile Life is about experiencing all that the world has to offer in my opinion. I hope to go to OZ but at £1000 per ticket I'll have to save up a bit Big grin
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 3:17 am

Hi Thanks for the reply, I did post this before but it's not showed up on here so let me remember what i posted lol, I was saying something like my best friend moved from england to work with emirates and I had a friend half english half arabic who visited there from england every year to see her father and she's talked about it, so one day I will go  Smile
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 4:08 am

This is exactly what I want to do when I get older. Get a job with an airline, prefereably Delta. Then backpack all over the world staying at hostels and wherever else I can find along my way.
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:11 am

Thanks for your trip report and pics. Sounds like you had a good time in each place you visited.
The Dragonair flight you took must have been on an A330-300 as KA do not have 330-200s. Also it was surprising to read that on so many of your flights, you had the entire row to yourself. I flew LHR - HKG - TPE - NRT during the same period that you flew and all of my flights were completely full. You must have been lucky.
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 5:40 am

Thats such a nice trip, congrats! Thats why I love my airtline job so much..the world is yours!
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 7:14 am

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
Also it was surprising to read that on so many of your flights, you had the entire row to yourself. I flew LHR - HKG - TPE - NRT during the same period that you flew and all of my flights were completely full. You must have been lucky.

Most of my flights were in the Middle of the Week, except for HKG-SIN which was a sunday night...Thats probably why there were a little less full.

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 8):
The Dragonair flight you took must have been on an A330-300 as KA do not have 330-200s.

They actually were....Good Catch....my apologies.
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:23 am

Nice report, amazing routing, looks like it was great fun.

Interesting to note you had so many flights with a row to yourself, lucky you!

Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
Date: September 6, 2007
From: Shanghai, China (PVG)
To: Hong Kong (HKG)
Airline: HK Dragonair -- KA803
Aircraft Type: A330-200

- It would have been a -300 as KA don't fly -200's.

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Wed Oct 03, 2007 8:24 am

Please post more pics, I'd love to see them. Glad you got to fly on some 777's.
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:14 pm

Interesting routing and must have been very fun. If you have some more pics and details on the flights themselves, I'm sure many of us would be interested in them.
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 12:17 pm

Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
Korean airlines was one of the best airlines I got to travel on, The Service is very good, and the seats were pretty comfortable. They put me in Premium Economy, with my economy ticket, and I pretty much slept for most of my flight. I was woken by the FA, about 8 hours into the flight. She told me that she noticed I hadn't eaten anything. I told her I was Vegetarian and a non revenue passenger, so she went off, and found me all types of salads, and fruit from first and business class. I was pretty impressed.

There is a reason why KE is vying MH for the Best Cabin Crew awards!

Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
...The Flight was quite uneventful, except for a 30 minute departure delay...There was no food offered except for a soda and a snack.

This is strange that an intra-Asia flight of that duration, no food is served. Definitely not the norm in our part of then world.

Quoting BlueElephant (Thread starter):
Unfortunately however, Cathay Pacific decided they didn't want to honor the ticket I had to Singapore...So I went to the United Counter and they said they would take it,

Aww dang it... CX versus UA? That being said, the service you got on this sector is actually supposed to be way better than the trans-Pacific one because it is crewed by Asian-based FAs.
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:55 pm

Thanks for the reply, i did reply saying thanks before but it didnt post it x2
 
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Wed Oct 03, 2007 6:56 pm

Pretty ballsy trip considering your boarding priority is dirt bottom for most of the flights. How much in total was spent. I have thought about doing something similar when the next bid pack comes out for vacation time if I can get enough time to plan. PM me if you would and I will explain my questions a little more. If I do the trip I also intend to do quite a bit of spotting so as to build up my collection in the databases of Anet and JP respectively.
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Thu Oct 04, 2007 8:41 pm

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 14):
Aww dang it... CX versus UA? That being said, the service you got on this sector is actually supposed to be way better than the trans-Pacific one because it is crewed by Asian-based FAs.

I was quite disappointed I was really looking forward to ride on Cathay Pacific... Well I guess next time I'll have to make sure that I get my Zed Medium Fare tickets instead.

Quoting N710PS (Reply 16):
Pretty ballsy trip considering your boarding priority is dirt bottom for most of the flights. How much in total was spent. I have thought about doing something similar when the next bid pack comes out for vacation time if I can get enough time to plan. PM me if you would and I will explain my questions a little more.

Yeah..it was pretty sweet. I think the total I spent on Flight coupons was in the ball park of $500, but I had a few extra Tickets...From KUL-DXB-FRA-PHL that I didn't use, and I could return them...so about $350 total.

I definitely kept an extra 3 or 4 days in my itinerary specifically for travel, just in case. But the Frequency and aircraft type make it a lot easier to get seats, especially on weekdays.

If you're interesting in knowing more PM me.

If you guys want more pics of anything you'll find them at my Picasa site.

http://picasaweb.google.com/nhathi2

Quoting Christao17 (Reply 13):
If you have some more pics and details on the flights themselves, I'm sure many of us would be interested in them.

Is there anything in Particular you wanted to know?...I could answer questions directly.
 
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Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:26 am

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 17):
Yeah..it was pretty sweet. I think the total I spent on Flight coupons was in the ball park of $500, but I had a few extra Tickets...From KUL-DXB-FRA-PHL that I didn't use, and I could return them...so about $350 total.

Hey BlueElephant - excellent trip report - thanks! I started working for BA nto too long ago in hopes to do a trip just like yours. You said you were gone for 2 weeks? I'll probably have 1 week-vacaations at BA and would like your opinion on what places made the biggest impression on you. Perhaps you can put together a routing for me? I live in PHL and def. wanna see SE Asia and some of Europe like Austria, Czech Republic, etc.

Also, you stayed at hostels when you weren't flying right? I imagine most of your time was spent en-route so you got a free place to sleep. How much did you spent in total, including flight coupons?

Cheers
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Fri Oct 05, 2007 12:54 am

Also, too b ad I did not know about your rip. My ex GF is a CSA on the shuttle gatas at LaGuardia
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Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:58 am

Quoting VikingA346 (Reply 18):
Hey BlueElephant - excellent trip report - thanks! I started working for BA nto too long ago in hopes to do a trip just like yours. You said you were gone for 2 weeks? I'll probably have 1 week-vacaations at BA and would like your opinion on what places made the biggest impression on you. Perhaps you can put together a routing for me? I live in PHL and def. wanna see SE Asia and some of Europe like Austria, Czech Republic, etc.

Also, you stayed at hostels when you weren't flying right? I imagine most of your time was spent en-route so you got a free place to sleep. How much did you spent in total, including flight coupons?

Cheers
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Thanks....Out of everything I did..I've gotta say the Climb of the Great Wall was pretty fantastic. And the Forbidden City is really cool....

I also really liked seeing Shanghai from the top of the Jinmao tower...I was up there at dusk...so i stayed there and watched all the lights come on..and its really awesome.

Hong Kong is a really really cool place..but you can see a lot in just a couple days.

Yeah..I stayed in Hostels..everywhere i went...one night in Tokyo ( 3000 Yen, $30)....two nights in Beijing ( 45 Yuan/Night, $7/Night)....1 night in Shanghai (50 Yuan ,$7.50)..Spent 1 night in a Train Enroute from Beijing to Shanghai...VERY Comfortable train...ticket was 500 Yuan, about 70 to 80 dollars...

Hong Kong I stayed with my friend in his dorm...and Singapore for 2 nights at 20 SGD per night ($15)

I think in total...I spent about $1000 including the $100 JetStar Asia Ticket that I had to pay full price for.

I still think I should have stayed in Dubai.

So I think Definately...check out Beijing...there's actually a LOT to do there...Tokyo is cool but really expensive, as is Hong Kong and Singapore.....Shanghai's not too expensive but there isn't as much to do there.

Hope that helps.
 
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Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:25 pm

Saw your pics on picasaweb - AWESOME! I feel like I don't need to travel to see those cites anymore... your pictures say it all! To bad you couldn't spend more time in Dubai.
 
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Thu Oct 11, 2007 6:39 am

Sweet! Thanks for some details from your trip pretty awesome... I just started with an airline (SWA) although Im still in college and would like to travel the world....we just started a couple agreements with ZED hopefully our ther agreements will be ZED fares in the future.
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Thu Oct 11, 2007 8:51 am

Blueelephant - you and I am pretty closer to Twins, same interest and same insane crazy idea to circumnavigate
the world on ZED Fares just for kicks

I just did the following trip SYD-SIN-LHR-DXB-JFK-LAS-LAX-SYD all using ZED's with QF,EK,CO,VS and had a ball

good on you for giving it a go !

Cheers
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Tue Oct 23, 2007 9:45 am

Quoting BlueElephant (Reply 3):
But if the airline is Zed Medium, and you have a Zed Low ticket...you can't fly...also...the ticket has to be for that particular flight...Meaning...you can't have a ticket from Hong Kong to Singapore and try and make a connection through Bangkok. You would need two coupons for that. Hope that helps.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that with the Zed fare agreement, any zed fare carrier could reissue a tkt for any another zed fare carrier. So, for example, if I had a Zed low fare on LH to fly from CDG-x/FRA-HKG and couldnt get on a LH flight, AF (Zed medium agreement) could reissue the ticket, collect the fare difference, and take me on their flight. That's the theory, anyway.
 
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Tue Oct 23, 2007 4:48 pm

That's a great way to spend two weeks! That's a lot of time sitting in an aircraft seat! Wow!
What an amazing experience it must have been!
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RE: Non-Revenue Around The World Trip...Pics!

Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:47 am

Quoting RP TPA (Reply 24):

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I was under the impression that with the Zed fare agreement, any zed fare carrier could reissue a tkt for any another zed fare carrier. So, for example, if I had a Zed low fare on LH to fly from CDG-x/FRA-HKG and couldnt get on a LH flight, AF (Zed medium agreement) could reissue the ticket, collect the fare difference, and take me on their flight. That's the theory, anyway.

Well see thats what I thought too, because for my HKG-SIN leg there was CX which was ZM and UA which was ZL...and CX wouldn't issue my ticket....and wouldn't collect the difference ($10)...
 
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RE: Non-Revenue Around The World Trip...Pics!

Wed Oct 24, 2007 12:48 am

Quoting Industrybuff (Reply 23):
Blueelephant - you and I am pretty closer to Twins, same interest and same insane crazy idea to circumnavigate
the world on ZED Fares just for kicks

I just did the following trip SYD-SIN-LHR-DXB-JFK-LAS-LAX-SYD all using ZED's with QF,EK,CO,VS and had a ball

good on you for giving it a go !

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Thats a great trip man!...I need to go to SYD...I really want to see Australia!...Next round then.
 
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RE: Non-Revenue Around The World Trip...Pics!

Wed Oct 24, 2007 1:20 am

That sounds like a great trip and adventure. I have been wanting to do a trip like this for a long time, now I want to even more. What was your favorite airport on your trip.
 
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RE: Non-Revenue Around The World Trip...Pics!

Thu Oct 25, 2007 12:09 pm

Quoting Phxplanes (Reply 28):
What was your favorite airport on your trip.

I don't think I have a favourite...I like each for a different reason.

Narita has a nice lounge area where you can see some pretty cool airplanes.

Beijing was old and nothing special...

Pudong was fantastic because just getting there, Not to mention the terminal is pretty much a gigantic window.

Hong Kong, with the new observation deck in Terminal 2 is very nice.

Singapore is just great because it is different, and there's a lot to do there.

Dubai was nice because of Duty Free...and the fact that the airport looks like a resort.

The US airports were nothing really special because they just function as an airports, where as all the others have something fun and specific to do.
 
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RE: Non-Revenue Around The World Trip...Pics!

Fri Oct 26, 2007 7:28 am

Brilliant report. A top ten I've read on here. No upgraded seats? Lame.


Nice pics.


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RE: Non-Revenue Around The World Trip...Pics!

Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:03 am

What a TR. Just amazing.

Thank you for all the pics. they are really great.

Thank you for sharing.

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