Travel Tip of the Week: GCmap.com

GCmap.com is a fantastic map if you want to plot your flight on a map. GC stands for Great Circle. The great circle path is the shortest path on the surface of a sphere. To be accurate, the term geodesic path should be used since Earth is not a true sphere.

The website is great to plot your flight path and find the miles you will earn during this flight. It always turns out to be very accurate on the distance. You can search by Airport code, which makes it very easy to plot a route. You can even do a route with multiple legs. For example type in MIA-DFW-SEA: This maps the route and gives you the mileage of the different legs plus the total mileage.

You can select what kind of map should be shown for your route. It also shows useful Airport information. It also can help visualize your trip.

Route. Miami - Dallas/Fort Worth - Seattle

Route. Miami – Dallas/Fort Worth – Seattle

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You can also show a range on a map. For example the picture/map shows a radius of 2000 Nautical Miles around LHR (London Heathrow)

Just enter 2000nm@LHR in the search field and hit enter.

2000 NM around LHR

2000 NM around LHR

 

Just had over to GCmap.com and try it for yourself. It’s a very useful tool especially for frequent flyers.

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