Two years ago United Airlines flyer Tom Stuker flew his 20 millionth mile. He’s kept up the pace because he just hit 22 million flown miles on United on a Newark – Los Angeles flight on Monday.
While so much about 2020 might feel uncertain – one thing remains constant: MileagePlus member Tom S. is up in the air! ✈️
Tom – congrats and thank you for flying 2️⃣2️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣,0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ miles with us. 🎉🌎 pic.twitter.com/OCTp9WHaK4
— United Airlines (@united) September 14, 2020
A corrupt FIFA executive was found to have improperly earned at least 26 million American Express points. Randy Petersen called him a ‘piker’ compared to someone in the program who has well over 120 million. Those are credit card points. Butt in seat flown miles are a whole different story.
In 2009 he was flying 700,000 miles per year. By 2016 he had doubled that pace. In mid-2017 he hit his 18 millionth mile on United. In early November 2018 he hit 20 million miles flown on board a Newark – Los Angeles flight as they passed over Kansas City,
There’s a great deal of mythology around Stuker. For instance,
- In one story he completed the 1984 ’50 States in 50 Days’ promo flying to all 50 states on United after the airline had inaugurated Wilmington, Delaware service. The reward was a year of first class travel.
- Another story is that he purchased an unlimited travel pass years ago, so he hasn’t been buying tickets to fly these 22 million miles — and the more he flies, the more he earns, since his flights have earned miles (which he’s been said to cash in for gift cards since he doesn’t need to pay for his travel and he has plenty of points).
In any case, the man has a Titanium Global Services card and a United plane named after him.
Stuker has flown to Australia over 300 times and in normal times goes to Hawaii 3-4 times each year. In 2017 he had flown “over 9000 flights” on United. And he’s the biggest fan of the airline — and especially its employees.
(HT: Zach Honig)