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I have some travel related questions for you, TQC.

1. Would you rather fly direct on a 7.5 hour redeye OR save 40% to fly one 6.5 hour redeye plus 2 hour layover plus another 1.5 hour flight in the morning? (e.g. East Coast USA to Italy) edited to add "save 40%"

2. Would you rather take off work and fly on a less expensive flight on Friday OR work on Friday but fly on a more expensive flight on Saturday thus negating what you made at work on Friday? 

3. Would you cut your two week trip short by a full day if it meant saving 40% on the flight? What about cutting it short by two days for the savings?

4. What's the worst travel experience you have ever had?
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[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-29 11:11 pm (UTC)

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1. I always prefer direct flights.
2. I don't normally have a choice of days, but if I did I'd go with the cheaper flight.
3. Yes to both.
4. I've never had anything truly horrible happen. Just a lost bag here or there or a diverted flight due to weather.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-29 11:15 pm (UTC)

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Sorry I edited the first question to say that the layover flight saves 40%. Wondering if that changes your answer?
[User Picture]From: verygwen
2012-11-29 11:19 pm (UTC)

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Hm. Since the layover is 2 hours, I'd probably opt for the layover flight to save 40%, but only because it's a nice, long layover that won't leave me feeling rushed and anxious.
[User Picture]From: spicytoys
2012-11-29 11:13 pm (UTC)

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1. Direct on the red eye. I'd want it to be over and done with as quickly as possible.

2. Less expensive on Friday.

3. I'd cut it short by one or two days. 40% is a lot!

3. I missed what was supposed to be my first night living with my now-husband due to my flight being delayed. Instead of sleeping with the love of my life in California, I stayed in a hotel by myself in Colorado. It sucked.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-29 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Sorry I edited the first question to say that the layover flight saves 40%. Wondering if that changes your answer?

Sleeping alone in a hotel in Colorado definitely sucks when you could be with you love!
[User Picture]From: 836am
2012-11-29 11:13 pm (UTC)

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1. One direct flight

2. Leave on Friday

3. Yes. Maybe.

4. Nothing worse than a few flight delays here and there.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-29 11:16 pm (UTC)

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Sorry I edited the first question to say that the layover flight saves 40%. Wondering if that changes your answer?
[User Picture]From: asthingscollide
2012-11-29 11:13 pm (UTC)

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1. Fly a direct. No chance of missing any other planes.
2. Take off work if possible.
3. I would cut it short just one day if it saved me 40%.
4. We were late landing into San Francisco. My husband and I were running to get to the international section of the airport. We had five minutes until the plane was suppose to leave. We get to the ticket desk and they told us the plane left EARLY to London!! The next flight out that had two seats available was nine hours later.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-29 11:17 pm (UTC)

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Wow that is a terrible travel story! I didn't know flights were allowed to leave EARLY!
[User Picture]From: asthingscollide
2012-11-29 11:18 pm (UTC)

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I didn't think they did either! I was so fucking pissed! We saw the plane backing out!
[User Picture]From: briansue
2012-11-29 11:20 pm (UTC)

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Early?! I would be so pissed off! Ahhh!
[User Picture]From: seasight
2012-11-29 11:17 pm (UTC)

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I would cut it short, I would leave on the Friday, and I would take the cheaper flight plan. The worst travel experience I ever had was flying out of Quito. That shit was terrifying.
[User Picture]From: briansue
2012-11-29 11:18 pm (UTC)

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1. Direct. I took a 14 hour plane ride so 7.5 is not a problem. After the edit: layover flight it is!

2. Cheaper flight.

3. I wish I could say no but that would probably really help me. Two days I'd have to think about and it would depend where I was going and why.

4. I wasn't the one traveling, but at the end of my few months in India my boyfriend at the time was supposed to meet me and spend the last week there with me. I got to the airport and his plane arrived and he wasn't there. I waited and waited and tried to find out if he had made it on the plane and nobody understood what had happened or what I needed. I was afraid to go back to the hotel in case he got a later flight and I wasn't there to meet him and he'd have no idea where to go or what to do. When it was clear he wasn't coming and probably hadn't boarded the plane I went back to the hotel and eventually was able to make a phone call and figure things out. It was so awful.

Edited at 2012-11-29 11:21 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: flying_colours
2012-11-29 11:48 pm (UTC)

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1. 40% is a pretty big saving, and I've done longer journeys than that several times so I'd take the layover.

2. Friday flight, I get paid for annual leave anyway.

3. I'd probably cut it short by 2 days because I am poor and could really use that saving.

4. Never had anything awful happen. Our flight was delayed for about 7 hours coming back from Italy once, which was a pain but thankfully we didn't have any connecting flights to miss.
[User Picture]From: thunderflyer
2012-11-30 12:12 am (UTC)

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Can't I just drive there? Flying is such a pain in the ass.
[User Picture]From: tamaracat
2012-11-30 12:13 am (UTC)

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It's pretty much impossible to drive from NYC to Italy... but yes, flying is such a pain in the ass.
[User Picture]From: spiffle
2012-11-30 12:16 am (UTC)

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Shorter flights are better. I would rather work the day before I leave, I've once worked a shift then went straight to the airport to catch a flight. I would never cut a trip short because I could save - fuck that, it's MY holiday, and I'm a cheap bastard too.
[User Picture]From: ellelelle
2012-11-30 12:52 am (UTC)

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1. save 40%

2. friday

3. yes. probably yes.

4. going to the us.
[User Picture]From: mondengel
2012-11-30 01:14 am (UTC)

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The second one. 40%'s a pretty big saving for only two hours of waiting.

The first one.

I suppose it depends whether I could fit the stuff I most wanted to do in the time allotted and how much the saving would actually amount to.

Getting lost in Arusha, Tanzania, when I was 17. I got separated from my school group and surrounded by vendors and I just freaked out.
[User Picture]From: krissykross
2012-11-30 01:37 am (UTC)

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1. I'd save the money. I once took 5 flights in a 15 hour span (South Carolina to California) to save less than $100. Flying is expensive.
2. Take off work if possible.
3. Probably.
5. Probably the 5 flights. Only time I had a layover long enough to give in to my nicotine addiction was at Indianapolis. And they don't even allow smoking outside of the airport. Luck was with me, though, and apparently in Salt Lake City they have enclosed smoking rooms right next to the gates. So you can feel like a freak in a cage because your nicotine patch doesn't do a damn thing.
[User Picture]From: feeeny
2012-11-30 01:37 am (UTC)

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i would opt for savings, for all of these questions.

the worst trip ever was when my grandparents tricked me into going on a senior citizens cruise to croatia. saw some awfully beautiful places but i was the youngest person on the boat by like 30 years.
[User Picture]From: 911pleasehold
2012-11-30 02:30 am (UTC)

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Oh gosh, I had to laugh. That is too funny they roped you into that.
[User Picture]From: ice489
2012-11-30 02:12 am (UTC)

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1. I'd do the two flights if I could save 40%.

2. Take off work.

3. I'd be totally fine taking a 12 day trip instead of a 14 day trip.

4. I haven't had anything that's all that bad. I had a 19 hour layover in PIttsburgh, so my friend and I just stayed at the airport hotel. I had a really long delay thanks to a hurricane once. no big deal.
[User Picture]From: georgefantana
2012-11-30 02:39 am (UTC)

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1. 7.5 hour direct redeye. No layovers.

2. More expensive flight on Saturday.

3. Cut it short as long as it's still a direct flight back.

4. Forced landing in Pittsburgh (or Philly) airport because of bad weather, had to sleep the night there in the terminal with everything closed and couldn't leave to have a smoke because then wouldn't be able to get back in until airport re-opened the next morning. The musak was blaring all night, with all of the lights on also, and they gave us space blankets and airline pillows for bedding.
[User Picture]From: hearts_of_hope
2012-11-30 03:56 am (UTC)

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1. save 40%
2. probably take the day off work Friday
3. Depends on the total cost of the trip....but 40% is a lot so I would probably do it.
4. Flying out of the airport in Dakar, Senegal. Our tour guide was arrested at the airport, the computer system was down so we got hand-written boarding passes, the staff moved slowly and didn't care that we were about to miss our flight (despite the fact that we arrived 5 hours early), and there was some serious shoving going on by other tourists. It was absolutely crazy.
[User Picture]From: wristtattoos
2012-11-30 05:15 am (UTC)

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1. I never thought I'd say this, but layovers take a LOT out of me. I'm flying in a few weeks and I'm very glad it's direct instead of a layover.
2. Ideally, I'd like to fly out on a Monday. But I'd rather fly out on a Friday.
3. Yes, absolutely.
4. Extremely bad turbulence going from ATL to Nashville.
[User Picture]From: phronistes
2012-11-30 05:19 am (UTC)

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Recently went to Rome, Italy from Seattle,WA. That was 13hrs plus lay over hours. Our first flight was at 7am. We were up and at the airport by 6am. Five hours to N.Y. Three hours lay over. 7.5-8hrs flight to Rome. Not including time to get to our hotel. Somehow I managed and knocked the fuck out for like the last three hours on the plane to Rome. I fell asleep on the plane with the in flight movie's audio literally blaring in my ears. When we got to the hotel my partner and I slept five and a half hours. The jetlage was awful. Took at least three days to get used to the switch.

1. The first. I like my sleep. I was upset as it was about having a flight at seven AM already.
2. First option again.
3. One day yes. Two days no.
4. See above.