Three years ago a Chinese billionaire earned 2 billion Membership Rewards points in a single transaction but they were Hong Kong Membership Rewards points which are on a totally different scale (and it was probably an exercise in overcoming the regime’s currency controls).
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. And Zach Honig reports that yesterday he hit 20 million.
United celebrated at the gate before Stuker’s Newark – Los Angeles flight, and the crew made an onboard announcement passing out champagne to passengers when the flight crossed over Kansas City and Stuker crossed over 20 million miles flown.
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.
- In another story he had purchased an unlimited travel pass years ago, so he hasn’t been buying tickets to fly these 20 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.
Here he meets the other world’s most traveled man in Munich.
Stuker has flown to Australia over 300 times and 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.