Some of you might have already seen the 20-minute short film Frequent Flyer by Gabriel Leigh. If you haven’t and really want to get in on the travel hacking I write about here, I suggest you find time this week to watch it.
It gives me a little bit of nostalgia every time I watch it and think about what started my interest in flying and, eventually, snowballed into an obsession with frequent flyer miles. I didn’t fly much as a kid due to various family issues, and every flight, even between San Jose and Orange County, was a truly magical experience. In fact, I flew so little that my first frequent flyer program was United’s MileagePlus on December 26, 2006, when I started booking flights for my med school interviews. (I eventually decided I didn’t like medicine and switched to a Ph.D. track. Never listen to your parents.) I thought 25K miles was a lot, let alone the 100K needed for a business class award to Europe. Now, in the last year, I’ve earned roughly 300K United miles and 30K Hyatt points and am on track to earn even more than that in 2012.
Gabriel is trying to put together money for a feature-length film and has put together a fundraising page on Kickstarter to collect the $15,000 he needs to get started. As I write this he’s only about $1,000 away from his goal, which he needs to reach by February 3. The 20-minute short is already extremely well-made, and I enjoy getting the opportunity to see some of the people I only recognize from their screen names on FlyerTalk.
If you have a few spare dollars, consider making a contribution. The minimum is only $1 and will get you a credit in the film. For $10 you will also get a digital download of the finished product, and larger contributions will earn you even more perks. Check out the Kickstarter page for more details on Gabriel’s project.