Tom Stuker, United’s all-time most frequent flyer, recently crossed over the 20 million lifetime mile mark.
It is almost sobering to think how much flying 20,000,000 miles actually is. Over the years, he has clocked in:
- 803 times around the earth
- 3.5 years spent in the air
Three and a half years in the air?! United just released a special video to commemorate crossing the milestone:
As it turns out, he crossed the threshold on a flight from Newark to Los Angeles two months ago.
And the man has been busy. In 2010, just nine years ago, he was only at nine million miles:
While his overall average his 416,000 miles per year, over the last 15 or so it has been closer to 1,000,000 miles per year.
How does he do it? He helps clients sell cars around he world, often to Asia or Australia. The travel is for business. And the travel is real: United does not count flights on partners toward lifetime flight miles. Award flights also do not count.
Stuker has a United aircraft named after him and enjoys top-tier Global Services status for life (though you only need to fly 4,000,000 miles on United for that).
Stuker makes my own MillionMiler flight seem like peanuts in comparison. What an accomplishment. And while some might question whether it is all worthwhile, it would be foolish to feel sorry for him. As he states in the ABC interview above, distance makes the heart grow fond. I travel for work too, thankfully not on the scale of Stuker, and the thrill of travel is undeniable. But so is coming home to those you love.