United Passenger Flies 1 Million Miles in 1 Year
United Airlines passenger Tom Stuker hit a second major milestone with the airline when he became the first United passenger to fly one million actual miles in the course of one year. Stuker has been a member of the airline’s MileagePlus frequent flier program since 1983.
Last year, Stuker, who provides consulting services to automotive dealerships and is the subject of an upcoming reality television show, Car Boss, became the first United Airlines frequent flier to hit the 10 million lifetime miles mark. United named a Boeing 747 aircraft after him at that time.
Stuker hit the one million mile mark on December 6 on United Flight 949 from London to Chicago. He has flown more than 6,000 flights on United including 400 for 4012. The total distance flown is roughly the equivalent of flying around the world 40 times. To put it in a slightly different perspective, a single non-stop flight , one million miles cruising at 570 miles per hour would land 73 days after takeoff.
According to Stuker, “it has been a phenomenal year flying with United,” thanking everyone from customer service agents to flight attendants to ramp wroerks for making my travels “feel effortless.”
With a total of over 13 million lifetime miles flown, including those on other airlines, Stuker is likely to be one of the aviation world’s highest mileage fliers. With the bonuses that are typically awarded to high-mileage fliers, Stucker accumulated far more than one million miles in his MileagePlus account for 2012.