A wild and whacky way to burn miles

Old Oct 16, 09, 8:41 am
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Ok, "hypothetically" if one wished to use up miles with the sole purpose of spending as much time at the pointy end of the plane and in the CCR, but not actually stopping off at the destination and just heading straight back on the next flight - apart from needing to be quite, quite mad - would there be a better routing than one of the two following:

GLA-LHR-SFO-LHR-GLA or GLA-LHR-LAX-LHR-GLA?

Both these routings would allow a 2 day round trip - leaving Glasgow about 7am on one day and returning by around 7pm the following day, with around 20 hours in the air in First, and between 6-9 hours in the CCR. I had thought on LHR to JNB or CPT, but with the timing of these it would mean significant time in the airport (or an overnight stay at the destination), and i had also looked at LAX-HON-LAX on the routings above to add in the "experience" of some hours in First on AA (but i dont imagine the service would be anything special) and this would also require either an overnight stay, or about 8-10 hours in LAX airport waiting for the BA flight.

This is all a bit of fun (with the slightest outside chance i might be crazy enough to consider doing it) - so i'm curious if anyone can suggest any other valid routes for a 150,000 BA mile redemption booking for one person. Any takers?

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Old Oct 16, 09, 8:53 am
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Originally Posted by efincomputer View Post
... i had also looked at LAX-HON-LAX on the routings above ...
I was intrigued both here and from your thread on the QF forum.

Why do you want to go to HON, specifically?
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What counts, surely, is daylight flying time, since there is not much fun in overnight F legs when the cabin is in darkness. Not sure if there are any routes where you could do10-12 hour flights on both legs in daylight.

Anyway, for pure sheer flying experience, you can't do much better than LHR-FRA-DXB-LHR with LHR-FRA-DXB in Lufthansa F (with a good few hours in the First Class Terminal or First Class Lounge in Frankfurt, including those chauffeur transfers to/from the plane) and then EK back on the A380 in F which will knock anything else you've ever tried into the water.

Obviously you could a similar LHR-FRA-SIN-LHR routing with SQ A380 F but this would be far more expensive!
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Probably the Whackiest trip I did was MAN-LHR-SIN-SYD-SIN-LHR-MAN and I only spent 1 night in Sydney...! I know its not quite the same as what the OP was getting at - but it still felt like i'd spent a week on a plane...!
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Old Oct 16, 09, 10:37 am
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What counts, surely, is daylight flying time, since there is not much fun in overnight F legs when the cabin is in darkness. Not sure if there are any routes where you could do10-12 hour flights on both legs in daylight.
QF or CX on LHR-HKG is or can be daylight in both directions.

Would require more than 150k miles of course.
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QF or CX on LHR-HKG is or can be daylight in both directions.

Would require more than 150k miles of course.
All CX's LHR-HKG are overnight to some extent. Given the 12hr flight time and 8hr time difference that'd be impossible to achieve in optimal conditions.

HKG-LHR in daylight, sure, as with many other SE Asian destinations.
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Probably the Whackiest trip I did was MAN-LHR-SIN-SYD-SIN-LHR-MAN and I only spent 1 night in Sydney...! I know its not quite the same as what the OP was getting at - but it still felt like i'd spent a week on a plane...!
May I ask why? Please don't say a mileage run.....
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Originally Posted by 1A4me View Post
Probably the Whackiest trip I did was MAN-LHR-SIN-SYD-SIN-LHR-MAN and I only spent 1 night in Sydney...! I know its not quite the same as what the OP was getting at - but it still felt like i'd spent a week on a plane...!
BRU-ORD-DFW-JFK-EZE-JFK-DFW-ORD-BRU-MUC

Morning arrival in EZE, next day evening departure

All F/C, very comfortable
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May I ask why? Please don't say a mileage run.....
Trying to emulate this guy?
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...s-help-me.html

One of the reasons I spend so little time in the United forum!
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One of the reasons I spend so little time in the United forum!
I'd far rather spend time in the United forum than on their flights.
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Originally Posted by Globaliser View Post
I was intrigued both here and from your thread on the QF forum.

Why do you want to go to HON, specifically?
Sorry - typo there - should have been HNL - Honolulu

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Old Oct 16, 09, 1:45 pm
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What counts, surely, is daylight flying time, since there is not much fun in overnight F legs when the cabin is in darkness. Not sure if there are any routes where you could do10-12 hour flights on both legs in daylight.

Anyway, for pure sheer flying experience, you can't do much better than LHR-FRA-DXB-LHR with LHR-FRA-DXB in Lufthansa F (with a good few hours in the First Class Terminal or First Class Lounge in Frankfurt, including those chauffeur transfers to/from the plane) and then EK back on the A380 in F which will knock anything else you've ever tried into the water.

Obviously you could a similar LHR-FRA-SIN-LHR routing with SQ A380 F but this would be far more expensive!
Sadly, unless LH become a Oneworld member, that'll be a LONG time coming .

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What about LHR-MRU-LHR? The flights are a little longer than those to SFO, 12 hours vs. 10. Overnight outbound, daytime return, relatively little time on the ground at MRU, but just enough time for a shower in the lounge. I've done it.
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Old Oct 17, 09, 3:22 am
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Originally Posted by Seated in First View Post
Trying to emulate this guy?
http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/unite...s-help-me.html

One of the reasons I spend so little time in the United forum!
Wasnt intentionally copying the guy, but can see the clear similarities. That said - my idea was just a bit of crazyness - wishing to travel on UA that much is simply insanity. Werent the USA using that as a new interrogation technique? - forcing suspects to endure flights on UA until they cracked under the strain?

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Old Oct 17, 09, 3:53 am
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All CX's LHR-HKG are overnight to some extent. Given the 12hr flight time and 8hr time difference that'd be impossible to achieve in optimal conditions.
They may be dark outside but if your body clock is set to UK time you can enjoy them as a daylight flight. That is what I meant.
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