A Flight Anywhere in the World in Under One Hour & Redeeming Miles on the Concorde

Can you imagine reaching any location on the planet in less than an hour? It may sound like something out of a science fiction novel but according to space.com the U.S. military hopes to have a hypersonic rocket jet with such capabilities in as little as four years.   The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) confirmed last Wednesday that they are working on the X-plane, a rocket plane that will be capable of flying at Mach 20 (20 times the speed of sound) or 13,000 mph!

For comparison sake, the Concorde was capable of flying at Mach 2.04 or 1,354 mph and had a range of about 4,500 miles. The average flight time between London and New York was just 3 hours and 20 minutes.

The timeline might be questionable considering that a test flight last August stayed afloat for only nine minutes after reaching Mach 20.  I do think they’ll eventually figure it out in the next ten years but don’t get your hopes up on this technology transitioning to passenger service any time soon.

Writing this entry got me thinking about redeeming miles on the Concorde.  Unfortunately, I had just gotten into the miles game as the Concorde was being retired from active service but wow that would have been the ultimate redemption (not that I’m not excited about my two recent Singapore First Class redemptions).  Did you know you were able to redeem AA, Delta, Continental, and SPG miles and points amongst others for a trip?  Considering these were considered first class seats the rates weren’t bad either, especially with the SPG Qantas trick

125,000 AAdvantage Miles
100,000 SPG Points
200,000 OnePass Miles
160,000 SkyMiles
125,000 US Airways Miles
200,000 Membership Rewards Points

Westbound
BA173 LHR 0930 JFK 0829. Daily but not operated in August
AF001 CDG 1100 JFK 0845. Daily
BA171 LHR 1115 JFK 1014. Daily

Eastbound
BA172 JFK 1015 LHR 1900. Daily but not operated in August.
BA170 JFK 1215 LHR 2100. Daily
AF002 JFK 1300 CDG 2245. Daily

Comments

  1. From what I remember, finding a mileage award on Concorde wasn’t much of a problem…. the plane was usually half/three-quarters full, at most. I flew BA’s a few times for work, and cashed in CO miles for a reward on AF. It was loud and cramped compared to today’s standards… but the service was incredible.

  2. I love how on the westbound flight (because of time zones) the Concorde arrival time is before it the departure time. It’s like a time machine!

  3. @Aaron

    This is still the case for many eastbound TPAC flights because of the international date line. In fact, I’ve flown CX888 which departs HKG at 12:30am and lands in YVR at 9:30pm the day before!

  4. There was a little-known courier service on Concorde and if you volunteered to be the courier on that day’s flight, your ticket price was a few hundred quid instead of the usual fare.
    If you were BA staff (and I was) the fare was even cheaper – less than 300 GBP – and an additional benefit was a confirmed J class return leg from anywhere in the US.

    I did this 4 times total and it was amazing. I have incredible memories and still can’t believe how lucky I was.

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