For example, I'm in Albany, New York this weekend for a surprise party for my best friend's birthday. I flew on United (UA) so I had a choice of connecting at O'Hare or Dulles. An obvious question for GC Map is which is shorter, but almost is obvious is to ask how much the alternatives take you out of the way. Put another way, by how much do they exceed the non-stop distance?
The real data is in the Distances portion of the map map, and some people may even wish to skip the map by using the site's Distance function, but the map is a helpful sanity check. It also illustrates that you can include multiple paths on one map and that different paths on a map can use different colors.
From To Initial
SFO (37°37'08"N 122°22'30"W) ALB (42°44'57"N 73°48'07"W) 66° (NE) 2559 mi 2559 mi 2 segment path: 2569 mi 2569 mi (+0.4%) SFO (37°37'08"N 122°22'30"W) ORD (41°58'51"N 87°54'24"W) 70° (E) 1846 mi 1846 mi ORD (41°58'51"N 87°54'24"W) ALB (42°44'57"N 73°48'07"W) 81° (E) 723 mi 723 mi 2 segment path: 2919 mi 2744 mi (+7.2%) SFO (37°37'08"N 122°22'30"W) IAD (38°56'51"N 77°27'36"W) 74° (E) 2419 mi 2419 mi IAD (38°56'51"N 77°27'36"W) ALB (42°44'57"N 73°48'07"W) 35° (NE) 500 mi 325 mi Total: 8047 mi 7872 mi
There are several things to note in the Distances summary:
I hope you will find some of these features useful when planning your own trips.
PS: I chose to fly via IAD both ways, mainly because I prefer a long flight and a short one to two flights of intermediate length, though the extra 350 frequent flyer miles each way didn't escape my notice.
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