Blogger trying to raise $25,000 so he can fly (once) in Etihad residences class

Kickstarter
Here’s a kickstarter campaign you don’t see every day.

Ben Schlappig, the talented blogger behind the One Mile at a Time site, is asking for donations on the popular crowdfunding platform so that he might review the new Etihad Airways “residences” product.

You know the one. It’s something of a train compartment on an Airbus A380. You get a living room, bedroom and private bathroom with shower. The whole thing is 125 square feet.

Want a double bed on an airplane? Ethiad might be the airline for you. Photo: Associated Press.

Want a double bed on an airplane? Ethiad might be the airline for you. Photo: Associated Press.

Schlappig wants to review the product for his blog. He is asking for small donations amounting to $25,000 so he can buy a ticket. As of this writing, he has eight committments for about $630. But don’t count the man out. He has a big following, and his reviews of airline products are pretty darn good.

“What I propose is flying the Residences product within the first week it’s in service, so I can report on all aspects of the experience,” he writes. “Chances are it would otherwise be a long time before we get an unbiased review of Etihad’s new product.”

You can donate to his Kickstarter campaign here. And if you think he’s nuts, you can also tell him that.

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  • Award Magic

    As a fellow travel blogger, I support Ben in this crazy quest. That said, we just loaded a post urging him to auction off the second seat – that’s right, his Kickstarter money will actually allow him TWO seats – to the highest bidder. He could easily get $3,500 or more (probably closer to five or 10 thousand!) and could then put that money to a worthy cause. To read our post, and comment, follow this link: tinyurl.com/oprv4ul