Frequently flying the friendly skies in a quest for one million points
If it's Friday, this must be Vancouver or Nanaimo or Victoria or maybe even Montreal. Marc Tacchi could be almost anywhere Air Canada flies in North America during October and November as he tries to rack up one million Aeroplan air points.
The Vancouver man paid $7,000 for Air Canada's two-month fly-all-you-want pass. But he's looking at it as a kind of investment. If Tacchi is able to fly enough to accumulate one million Aeroplan miles credits, he could trade them in for future trips like 10 round-trip business class trips to Australia or Asia.
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"It's about a $70,000 value, all for a $7,000 investment," said Tacchi.
He figures he'll have enough points in 50 days. "I guarantee I'll do it. I can do it easily."
Tacchi has it down to a science - like flying short haul routes that pay out the most points for the least time in the air.
Since Tacchi is already a frequent flier, he is able to accumulate miles at a higher rate than normal. "I'm flying about 7,500 miles or points a day," he said. "But I hold super-elite status so it multiplies out at 2.75. I'm doing 19,000 points a day.
Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said the airline was "delighted" with Tacchi's initiative.
"What more innovative way is there to get to know the vast range of the Air Canada products and meet our employees along the way," Mah said.
And when Tacchi isn't flying for fun and profit, he's flying for work. Tacchi works for another airline, flying a 767 cargo jet to Europe once a week.