A look at the world of frequent flyer miles and some of its most enthusiastic participants, this documentary examines how miles and points have become an important world currency and, in turn, an obsession for those who have figured out ways to earn them in the millions. The film charts the filmmaker's own discovery of miles while introducing some of the top mileage experts in the world, most of them found on the website flyertalk.com, a central online hub for people in pursuit of miles.
The creator of flyertalk and self-professed 'mileage guru' Randy Petersen explains the concept of 'mileage runs', or, trips 'that you take for no other reason than to simply build up an additional inventory of frequent flyer miles,' while Cleveland-based entrepreneur Steve Belkin talks about how he's created business ventures out of mileage accrual. Travel writer and essayist Pico Iyer discusses the world of airports that the frequent flyer comes to live significant portions of their life in--and what it is about taking to the air that we find so appealing.
As the filmmaker surpasses one million lifetime miles with one major airline, we begin to wonder--why this constant pursuit of miles, and to what end? It's a relevant question even for the non-miles addict. As Pico Iyer says, 'I think of the twenty-first century as the century in which more and more people, especially the young, are living in the metaphorical equivalent of an airport passageway.'