A 20-Minute Documentary Examines the Travel Passions of Frequent Flyers
Frequent Flyer from Gabriel Leigh on Vimeo.
We just watched an absolutely lovely 20-minute mini-documentary on the lives and drive of elite flyers, aka those who chase frequent flyer miles and sit up front in the name of elite status on airlines. This riveting filmcalled simply "Frequent Flyer"finished and released almost exactly one year ago by Gabriel Leigh, a younger member of the FlyerTalk fold, is a perfect introduction to the basic idea of loyalty programs and why they so enthrall certain travelers.
We thought it'd be a great way to start off the New Year, to really think about yourself and your goals when you travel, as these men have obviously found their passion. Even Pico Iyer makes an appearance, with this apt observation: "I could see frequent flyer miles could become an addiction, especially because the whole process of travel makes you a bit deranged and makes you not yourself."
Another brilliant quote, that lays out the complexity of the programs, and why gaining a hold of them can be so rewarding:
Frequent flyer programs are like mazes, with so many rules, conditions and exceptions that getting anywhere with your miles can seem impossible. But for the really dedicated, there are riches to be hadfree seats and upgrades in great amounts. At the core of all this? The pursuit of elite status.
Watch the film for yourself above, and we just have to add that Gabriel is extremely lucky to have a best friend who shares the same "hobby." Now to go log into our own mileage accounts and consult our favorite person who can make sense of all this, The Points Guy, because let's face itthis mileage stuff is hard!