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Buy one plane ticket, get ten free?

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. The kicker is, he's a cargo pilot who flies between North America and Asia for a living.

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.



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Dec. 2nd, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
that is my dream lol
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)

and that icon rocks. :x *keeps watching*
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:24 am (UTC)
I met someone who did that... not because they had ambitions to fly a million miles for the reward, but simply because they'd run out of cash, but they still had their unlimited flight ticket, so they flew around for the free meals.
Dec. 2nd, 2005 10:35 am (UTC)
your icon scares me :(
Dec. 2nd, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:35 pm (UTC)
eeeek :S
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:48 pm (UTC)
Ho shit, I'm surrounded :O
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:51 pm (UTC)
there's no escape!
Dec. 2nd, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
oh noes! what shall i do??

(we've taken over the comments! bahaha!)
Dec. 2nd, 2005 01:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 2nd, 2005 11:48 am (UTC)
Your icon frightens me.
Dec. 3rd, 2005 09:15 am (UTC)
I posted a comment on the blog of that guy who flew 1 Million Miles for the sake of it. I don't know how long it will stay up there, but I'd like to share it with you.

Perhaps you'll agree with my viewpoint that flying 1 Million Miles for the sake of it is terribly irresponsible, from an environmental standpoint.

Some of the statistics below might shock you. Read on below...

My comment to the 1 Million Mile Flyer:

In working toward your goal of clocking 1 Million Miles of air travel within 60 days, you have been directly responsible for the burning of a disproportionately large amount of fossil fuel for one person, and the release of a huge volume of CO2 gas – a climate-forcing gas derived from the burning of a non-renewable fuel, the overconsumption of which is pushing the world closer and closer toward a global energy crisis.
Based on a calculation provided by www.carbonfund.org (http://www.carbonfund.org/carbon/assumptions.php) I have estimated that your 1,003,625 miles of air travel have caused the release of:
290.8 Metric Tons of atmospheric carbon

Atmosfair (http://www.atmosfair.de/) is an agency which offers individuals the chance to offset their carbon emissions from air travel by investing in carbon sequestration projects around the world. Based on their calculations (http://www.atmosfair.de/fileadmin/user_upload/image4/atmosfair_calculator_04.pdf), your impact from flying the 1 Million Miles is roughly equivalent to driving a middle class model car for 145 years, an average of 12,000 km per year.

In 1998, the EPA estimated that the average Canadian citizen was responsible for 17 Tons (http://yosemite.epa.gov/oar/globalwarming.nsf/content/EmissionsInternationalInventory.html?OpenDocument) of CO2 gas released yearly. In only 60 days, you managed to clock 17 times that many tons of carbon.

Now as you do, I live in Vancouver, and I know that residents of the rainy coast are some of the most environmentally conscious people in Canada. I find it hard to believe that a Vancouverite like yourself would find himself responsible for such a huge sum of carbon emissions and not feel responsible to invest in a carbon sequestration program or two to help offset his direct emissions. The David Suzuki Foundation website has a long list (http://www.davidsuzuki.org/Climate_Change/What_You_Can_Do/carbon_neutral.asp) of links to carbon offseting programs; I suggest you start there. If you would like to meet in Vancouver to talk about some of your options I would be happy to hear about your travels and to suggest ways that you can become Carbon Neutral.
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