After two months of zigzagging across Canada by plane, frequent flyer Marc Tacchi has reached his goal of accumulating one million miles of credits -- and become something of an Internet celebrity in the process.
On his blog “The Great Canadian Mileage Run 2005,” Tacchi reported on Wednesday that he had racked up 1,003,625 mileage points and spent 56 of the last 61 days in an airplane.
“I myself need to get to bed in a prone position for some serious rest,” he wrote.
The 30-year-old embarked on his venture using Air Canada’s North America Unlimited Pass -- a C$7,000 ticket that allowed passengers limitless travel within the continent between October 1 and November 30.
Frequent fliers programs, like Air Canada’s Aeroplan, are designed to promote customer loyalty by allowing people to upgrade to better seats or book free flights in the future
“I just sort of moved it to a new level,” Tacchi joked in an interview last week at the Vancouver International Airport before boarding another airplane.
A typical day would start with a 10 a.m. flight to Victoria, British Columbia, about 70 km (45 miles) from Vancouver. He would fly back and fourth between the two cities about six times and then catch an overnight flight 4,300 km (2,700 miles) to Toronto.
In Toronto, he would immediately board a return flight.
Since he began documenting his travels on the Internet, Tacchi has garnered the attention of international media, and even has agents in Los Angeles seeking to sell his story.
“People were calling my girlfriend’s boss at work, saying ’Hey, did you hear about that guy’,” Tacchi said. “I don’t even know how it all became real.”
By reaching the 1 million mile goal, Tacchi gets the equivalent of about 10 round-trip business class flights from Canada to Australia, which he has estimated would normally cost about C$70,000.
He plans to redeem his travel points to take his family to Miami at Christmas, then maybe go to Hong Kong or Thailand.
When he wasn’t flying to collect travel points, Tacchi works as a contract pilot. Once a week, he flies a Boeing 747 cargo plane to Europe or Asia.