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Old 07-24-2010, 08:55 AM
 
Location: San Diego
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For the sake of this (non-clicky) poll, let's use only this year since I know it varies year to year. Since reading some of the responses from self-proclaimed frequent fliers in many threads about what is and isn't acceptable on a flight, I'm curious to know how frequently people really do travel by plane and what they consider to be a frequent flier. So far this year, I've been on 22 flights. I have 6 more coming up from now until the first week of September and will have more towards the end of the year, once we figure out where to go in Oct, Nov, and Dec. So I'm only counting 28 for the year since those have either already been completed, or will be shortly and are booked. What about you?
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:25 AM
 
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Very few this year. I will probably take only two or three round trips this year, down from 10 last year.

The airfares have been much too high this year with few good fare sales.

With certain car rental specials and a good number of regional buslines popping up, it has been cheaper to travel regionally and travel by roadway.
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:34 AM
 
Location: NH Lakes Region
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Hmmm, trips or flights (hops)? If it's "hops", I've been on 20 so far this year (eight trips) and have at least three more trips planned ... I laugh like a maniac when anyone suggests I "travel" when I retire... my goal will be to see as FEW airports as possible!
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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I flew across the state in February and, unless something "happens" within the family, that will be my only flight this year. We're going to California in September but plan to drive it.

We are drive all our trips across the state (California). It takes more time, and we're usually more tired, and there's more wear in our car for it, but it beats flying. It's a heckuva lot cheaper than paying for airfare and car rental.

We USED to rent cars for road trips but stopped that when our budget got tighter.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:24 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I used to travel a lot on my job but I hated flying. It's uncomfortable and a pain in the butt. Now that I am retired, I drive to all of my vacation destinations. I'm not hampered by having to be back home by a certain date. I can take my time and I like to drive.
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Old 07-24-2010, 12:58 PM
 
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I'm just your average consumer and my total for 2010 will be 2 domestic and 1 international.

Last year was 2 domestic.

But none of these were business related. I think business travel is a different ballgame than anything else. The mindset is different.
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Old 07-24-2010, 01:25 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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The airfares have been much too high this year with few good fare sales.
I couldn't agree more. The airfares are higher than ever this year. We finally redeemed our ff miles from several airlines, so we didn't actually pay for many of these flights which is the main reason we traveled so much this year. Couldn't afford to go if we had to pay the actual airfares!

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Hmmm, trips or flights (hops)? If it's "hops", I've been on 20 so far this year (eight trips) and have at least three more trips planned ... I laugh like a maniac when anyone suggests I "travel" when I retire... my goal will be to see as FEW airports as possible!
I guess by hops you mean layovers? I didn't count those, since from my city, we have a layover every single time. It's quite ridiculous. It's either SLC or ATL first, no matter where we have to go!

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But none of these were business related. I think business travel is a different ballgame than anything else. The mindset is different.
Yea, I don't do business travel either. I assume frequent business travelers have 100 flights down by now! Earlier this year my husband would to fly to NYC on Sunday, come back to San Diego on Friday, then back out Sunday. It stopped for a couple of months, but is resuming shortly. Of course, he wouldn't count these since he has no choice but to go to work.
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Old 07-25-2010, 10:36 AM
 
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I'll probably do about 70 flights this year (based on last year's travels), the vast majority business and domestic.
I (thankfully) love flying. For me, being on a plane is very relaxing, it's like the feeling of leaving the office after work - or kind of a break in what you're working on/with. Yes, it can be cramped, delays can be annoying but as long as you are well-prepared, it can be enjoyable.
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Old 07-25-2010, 09:19 PM
 
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If you are counting each segment of a trip, then I will probably finish the year somewhere in the 200 to 300 flights range. However as a paying/non-working passenger probably less than 30 flights.
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