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Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 2:58 am

Marc Tacchi bought a special $7,000 Air Canada ticket that gave him unlimited flights for 60 days, then set out to fly 1,000,000 miles. He accomplished it, flying 56 out of 60 days. As a million-mile Air Canada flier, he gets vouchers for $70,000 worth of business-class airfares.

Reuters:
http://au.news.yahoo.com/051201/15/x0z4.html

Tacchi Blog:
http://gcmr2005.blogspot.com/
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:00 am

He also seems to be a pilot himself:

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.

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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:06 am

So he spent $7,000 and got $70,000 worth of vouchers. Are those buy one get one free vouchers though, or straight cash vouchers?
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:07 am

I wonder what distances sales people (take the most relevant one to this website) like Baseler and Leahy fly?
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 3:08 am

No, he didn't fly 1 million miles. He earned 1 million FF miles including bonuses. He flew about 400,000 miles.
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:41 am

It would have been impossible for him to fly 1million miles in 56 days. IF he flew 20 out of 24 hours per day for 56 days...you multiply it by an average of 500mph (which is pretty high for an average)...then you end up with a max of 560k miles during that period of time!!!
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:08 am

They gave miles on those north american passes?
I find that amazing, with the restrictive manner of FFPs these days.
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:14 am

Truly a hero for mileage runners around.  bigthumbsup 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:31 am

Or is it someone with to much time on their hands.
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:10 pm

It would be interesting to read his Trip Reports.If he gets the time to write them.
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:16 pm

Quoting UN_B732 (Reply 6):
They gave miles on those north american passes?
I find that amazing, with the restrictive manner of FFPs these days.

Actually, in most cases, people who buy those passes lose out on the deal, because you can normally get seperate tickets cheaper than they cost.
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 12:26 pm

Wow..... he really IS the king of all MRers...
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 1:56 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 10):
Actually, in most cases, people who buy those passes lose out on the deal, because you can normally get seperate tickets cheaper than they cost.

He flew about 300+ seperate segments. I doubt that he could have bought all of those tickets for $7,000. But you are quite right....most people do, but not him!

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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 8:28 pm

I wonder how many times he had to take his shoes off, keys in the tray etc. He's got my respect!
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 8:57 pm

When I first read the title, I thought it was about John Leahy. Flying all over the world franticaly negotiating sales for airbus.  Wink

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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:10 pm

Quoting GARPD (Reply 14):
When I first read the title, I thought it was about John Leahy. Flying all over the world franticaly negotiating sales for airbus.

If Airbus had a bad year in terms of total orders, then your joke would be funny...  Yeah sure


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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:15 pm

Here's Marc's blog about his experiences during the two months.

http://gcmr2005.blogspot.com/

Marc Tacchi is an AC Aeroplan member (AC FF Program) and by doing this he has accumulated enough Aeroplan points to take care of all his flying needs for the next few years. He lives in YVR and commutes to work (ANC, HKG). He acheived Super Elite status in Aeroplan for 2006 with his mileage run and all the benefits that come with that tier level (instant upgrades to J class, etc.)
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 9:33 pm

So can he turn around and sell them?

Two months of time (and forgone wages) and C$7000 dollars+expenses doesn't seem likely to be much more than $C30000. It seems like a good investment with potentially very nice short term return.
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:18 pm

Quoting Atmx2000 (Reply 17):
Two months of time (and forgone wages) and C$7000 dollars+expenses doesn't seem likely to be much more than $C30000. It seems like a good investment with potentially very nice short term return.

He had no lost wages, he has a flexible work schedule and he fit the mileage run in with his work requirements.

And no he cannot sell them, but he has no intention of selling them. He will use the FF points for himselves and family over the next few years and not have to pay for his commuting or vacation flights, plus he will fly business class most of the time.
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:29 pm

Sounds like someone's a little desperate to make it into the mile-high club.

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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 10:33 pm

Quoting JetMaster (Reply 15):
If Airbus had a bad year in terms of total orders, then your joke would be funny... Yeah sure

I was making note of the fact that airbus are selling well. Obviously your bias against me has not changed with your username.
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sat Dec 03, 2005 11:01 pm

Quoting Meridian (Reply 13):
I wonder how many times he had to take his shoes off, keys in the tray etc

Sounds like most of his days were spent inside of security... probably smelled a bit ripe at times, though!
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:06 am

Quoting JetMaster (Reply 15):
If Airbus had a bad year in terms of total orders, then your joke would be funny...

My we sure are picky today aren't we?....  Yeah sure
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:19 am

Quoting GARPD (Reply 20):
I was making note of the fact that airbus are selling well.

Ah, that's why you wrote "franticaly negotiating sales"...  Yeah sure

Quoting GARPD (Reply 20):
Obviously your bias against me has not changed with your username.

Well, you haven't changed your bias against a manufacturer along with permanent derogative remarks.


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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:37 am

Wonder if he went to the doctor to see whether he had an abnormal amount of blood clots or not???
 
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:39 am

He posts on Flyertalk under the handle, mtaachi. Check out the AC Aeroplan forum for a link to his blog. The Blog for GCMR2005
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RE: Man Flew 1.000.000 Miles In 56 Days

Sun Dec 04, 2005 12:41 pm

He does not get $70000 in business class vouchers. His goal was to earn a million aeroplan points and according to what I read in a newspaper article, he intends to USE those points for about 10 round trip first class tickets to Australia. There is no such thing as First or Business Class vouchers that the airline gives out in exchange for points. The points will be good for First, Business or Economy class tickets whatever the member decides.

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