Taylor Swift plans to “time travel” by leaving Tokyo after her performance and arriving in Las Vegas in time for the Super Bowl, demonstrating the unique capabilities of international travel across the date line.
This is something that happens all the time, but it’s much easier when you’re chartering a plane and picking the flight times. For instance, there were five scheduled commercial flights on New Year’s Day that landed on New Year’s Eve, traveling “back in time” before they departed. That’s because of the international date line. One – United’s morning Guam to Honolulu flight – was perfectly timed to celebrate New Year’s twice.
United’s flight was scheduled to depart Guam at 7:35 a.m. on New Year’s morning, an early morning after your revelry, and arrive in Honolulu the night before at 6:50 p.m. – in time to do it all again. And best of all, business class offered flat bed seats. Plus, with free drinks, you could both take a hair of the dog approach to recovery and pre-game at the same time! Unfortunately, this flight that’s nearly always on time was delayed six hours and landing on New Year’s Day at 12:30 a.m.
Time travel can be imprecise however Taylor Swift is going to attempt it, in order to perform her show in Tokyo and still make the Super Bowl rested and relaxed.
Taylor Swift isn’t just going to the Super Bowl
She’s going to travel on a time machine
She’ll leave Tokyo on Sunday around 1am local time and arrive in Vegas on Saturday in time for a late dinner reservation
She’ll probably charter since hers aren’t ultra long range pic.twitter.com/Rpu9KBGXqz
— Barrett Linburg (@DallasAptGP) January 28, 2024
Taylor Swift performs in Japan the night before the Super Bowl. It will end around 10pm Tokyo time (5 am Las Vegas time).
The flight from Tokyo to Vegas takes 12 hours, meaning Swift can arrive at 5pm local on the day before the Super Bowl, 25 hours, 35 mins before kickoff.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) January 28, 2024
Taylor Swift has broadened out interest in football, and the Super Bowl. This year there will be more fans than ever. And while she’ll charter a plane to Vegas – her own plane can’t make the trip non-stop – most celebrities do fly commercial for long haul. The economics of private jet travel work far better for short trips. That’s what international first class is for, often not people ‘buying up’ from business but ‘trading down’ from charters.
American Airlines is even getting in on the Taylor Swift Super Bowl mania, ‘tailoring’ flight numbers to the event. American Airlines has had clever flight numbers for awhile .. 1776 to Boston, 1492 to Columbus, 420 to Denver, 777 to Vegas… now there’s this:
SLATER SCOOP: American Airlines has added Kansas City-Las Vegas flights for the Super Bowl.
Flight 1989 for Taylor Swift’s hit album
Flight 87 for Travis Kelce pic.twitter.com/AJ5lfdPFW5
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) January 28, 2024
In 2015, United Airlines CEO Scott Kirby, then President of American Airlines, went as Taylor Swift to the company’s Halloween party.
These American Airlines flights, though, don’t do time travel which Taylor will need to take advantage of. But it can be a confusing concept, even for airline agents. Years ago Ben Schlappig of One Mile at a Time and I did a joint session teaching award booking at a frequent traveler conference. We each gave each other ‘challenges’ to research award space and then call the airline to make a booking live. Neither of us knew what the other would come up with.
- Ben (aka Lucky) made me use Delta SkyMiles to book business class to India and back on specific dates using partner airlines. I found availability on Aeroflot and Saudia. When I called Delta on speaker phone in front of an audience of hundreds the SkyMiles agent said exactly what I’d told the audience to expect, “Air France is our only partner in SkyTeam.” I had to put the phone on mute because of the roars of laughter.
- I challenged Ben to book a US Airways business class award to South Asia but priced as a less expensive North Asia award, and return to the U.S. arriving back the day before his first flight to Asia departed.
When Ben called US Airways he had no problem with the pricing. He just repeated the mantra that everywhere he was flying was in North Asia. He booked a flight from the West Coast to Tokyo “in North Asia” and wanted to connect to Bangkok “in North Asia.” US Airways agents manually applied pricing then, and in Ben’s words only understood three regions of the world (“Europe, America, and The China”).
But he got tripped up on “time travel.” The agent simply could not understand, and would not book, a connecting flight after his Tokyo – Los Angeles leg that landed the day before it left. Time travel across the international date line can be hard! But it’s going to be possible for Taylor Swift to perform in Tokyo and still comfortably ensconce herself in Las Vegas in advance of the Super Bowl.
(HT: Hans Mast)