United Airlines' top flyer hits 1 million miles in a single year

By David Flynn, December 19 2012

So you reckon you spend a lot of time flying? Probably not nearly as much as Tom Stuker, a Chicago-based automotive sales consultant who this year clocked up a whopping one million miles travelling on United Airlines alone.

Stuker racked up his millionth mile on December 6 onboard United flight 949 between London and Chicago, estimated to be his 400th United flight this year.

(Yes, the maths behind that boggles us – it means he's averaging more than one flight per day including weekends. We're sure that even the most avid frequent flyer could think of better things to do with their time!)

Stuker is believed to be the first commercial traveller to reach a million miles in a single year, and has flown more than 11 million miles flown on United.

To put those Ryan Bingham-esque numbers in perspective, Stuker's million mile tally is equivalent to two return trips to the Moon, while his overall 11 million mile total would see him get about a third of way to Mars.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

AlG

AlG

04 Nov 2010

Total posts 674

He has flown one million miles and 400 flights this year on United? LOL, that sounds more like a punishment than an achievement!

concordeYMML

concordeYMML

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Apr 2012

Total posts 4

Well if he's flying United 400 times in the space of 366 days, they must be doing something right.

KG

KG

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2011

Total posts 736

David: Are these one million mile "butt in seat" miles or does the amount consists of total mileage earned (eg. does it include bonus miles for class of travel and status with FF program?) The amount could be halved if the latter is the case (still a lot of flying though).

David

David

24 Oct 2010

Total posts 2322

United tells us these are all 'butt in seat' miles. Ouch!

TheRealBabushka

TheRealBabushka

21 Apr 2012

Total posts 3034

And I felt bad about my carbon footprint!

edy4eva

edy4eva

11 Mar 2012

Total posts 182

Apperantly been clocking a handful of miles through trips down under. This guy has had United name a plane or two after him:

http://www.jaunted.com/story/2011/7/11/133729/176/travel/So%2C+What+Does+a+Frequent+Flyer+Get+After+Racking+Up+10+Million+Miles%3F

 

TheRealBabushka

TheRealBabushka

21 Apr 2012

Total posts 3034

Interesting article especially the bit about "...Access and premium treatment at United and Star Alliance lounges"

I wonder if he gets to use the SIN Silver Kris lounge, when flying economy; Or does he have to hang out at the Krisflyer Gold Lounge and not have a shower and hold it in if he needs the loo! :p

Str8Talking

Str8Talking

12 Dec 2012

Total posts 6

Sounds like the daily commute to work is on a plane!

htc

htc

Qantas P1

18 Jan 2012

Total posts 73

This guy needs to learn to delegate. No doubt he has a mental problem. This isn't normal. No person, no matter how important (even Keven747) needs to be away from their family this much. 

AlG

AlG

04 Nov 2010

Total posts 674

HTC, you're assuming this bloke has a family or even a life!! Tell you what, doesn't sound like he has much of a life to me. I'm sure he gets plenty of jollies from the flying and perks but I reckon he doesn't look anything like 'Ryan Bingham'!

drgmarshall

drgmarshall

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 May 2012

Total posts 140

I don't know how he's done this.  I fly to USA 3X per year with Qantas/One world to Denver, but then have to switch to United for one leg from Denver to Minot (MOT). I have yet to have United successfuly deliver the flight on time.  Yesterday, flight UA5571 was 4 hours delayed so I missed my BA connection from Denver to LHR.  I'm now sitting in LAX waiting 28 hours for the only available BA flight to get me from the USA to UK.  Thanks again United!  Meanwhile, my wife and kids are sitting in London having flown in on time to meet with me for the holidays.  Only saving is the good job done by Qantas in getting me another seat booked for my One World leg.

travelator

travelator

QFF Gold QC gold

26 Nov 2012

Total posts 56

Family member(s) fly using his name perhaps? If US is anything like Australia anyone can fly using your name. They never check ID when you fly.

Although he would be so famous at United, FAs would notice the name and suspect something.

sq421

sq421

21 Apr 2011

Total posts 43

US is nothing like Australia in that regard. TSA matches ID with your Boarding Pass when you clear security. 


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