Will the world finally understand (some of) us?

While I’ve heard about the movie in which George Clooney plays a mileage addict before, this is the first real synopsis and timeline I’ve seen from the movie. Check it out:

From Jason Reitman, the Oscar® nominated director of “Juno,” comes a comedy called “Up in the Air” starring Oscar® winner George Clooney as Ryan Bingham, a corporate hatchet man who loves his life on the road but is forced to fight for his job when his company downsizes its travel budget. He is required to spend more time at home just as he is on the cusp of a goal he’s worked toward for years: reaching five million frequent flyer miles and just after he’s met the frequent-traveler woman of his dreams.

This might be the first movie in a long time I’ll go the theaters to see, as opposed to waiting until it’s available on an airplane (like I did with Borat, believe it or not). You know, I’m kind of excited about this. While I’m no movie expert, I think it has the potential to become a hit, although maybe I’m just being a bit biased. I always have a hard time explaining mileage running to seatmates on a plane, so maybe after this movie it’ll be a bit more clear, somewhere along the lines of “Oh, so you’re like George Clooney in ‘Up in the Air?'” Yeah, well sorta….

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Ben Schlappig (aka Lucky) is a travel consultant, blogger, and avid points collector. He travels about 400,000 miles a year, primarily using miles and points to fund his first class experiences. He chronicles his adventures, along with industry news, here at One Mile At A Time.

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Comments

  1. Good book…I read it a few years ago.

    http://www.amazon.com/Up-Air-Walter-Kirn/dp/0385497105

    THe Amazon reviewer has obviously not spent much time amongst frequent travelers – example:

    “But what Kirn’s airborne protagonist is really doing is pursuing his own private passion, his great white whale: accumulating one million miles in his frequent-flyer account. As Up in the Air opens, Bingham has set out on a final, epic traveling jag. He intends to visit eight cities in six days”

    8 cities in 6 days, all domestic?? yawn 🙂

  2. Have any of you read this book? The Amazon review is actually correct in that this book is not about a Mileage Run addicted person, but is very much about a person chasing their white whale while loosing touch with reality. It will be interesting to see if the movie stays true to the book.

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