Man Logs 10 Million Frequent Flyer Miles

United will name plane in his honor

Jul 11, 2011
Outside Magazine

A man became United Airline's first passenger to fly ten million miles over the weekend. Tom Stuker, 57, an automotive sales consultant from the Chicago area, crossed the ten-million-mile barrier on a flight from Los Angeles to O'Hare on Saturday. Stuker's family and United representatives greeted him when he arrived, and announced that Stuker will never have to wait in line again. The company will also name a plane after him. Stuker has flown with United 5,962 times, mostly on business, racking up enough miles to circle the globe 400 times. He has been to Australia more than 200 times and rarely goes a week without flying. “Every time I hit another milestone, they send me a case of champagne,” Stuker told CBS Chicago. “When I call the 800 number, they recognize my voice.” The 2009 film Up in the Air, which starred George Clooney, was about a man who had also hit ten million miles. United's Martin Hand said that it took Stucker 19 years to hit his first five million, and ten more to reach ten million. He is the first person to fly ten million miles with United, although several other people have logged more with other airlines

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