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Re: Most geographically nonsensical routing?

Fri Apr 24, 2020 8:08 pm

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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

BTW, I never once went to Bari..!!!!

It's a shame, Bari is a nice place.
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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


Originally was to fly ATH to TLV direct but Aegean changed that flight which would have arrived around 2:30 am on the sabbath. But sure how things would work at that time i opted to cancel the flight and booked the next best thing with SWISS
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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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