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Tom Stuker signed on with United Airlines’ Mileage Plus frequent-flyer program in 1982.Almost three decades later, the auto sales consultant from Chicago logged his 10 millionth mile with the airline when he flew into Chicago from Los Angeles on July 9 (via The Daily Mail).
He’s the first United frequent flyer ever to reach that milestone, the airline says.
Stuker has touched down in all 50 U.S. states (including 70 or so landings in Hawaii), traveled to Australia and back nearly 200 times, and rode into Asia nearly 30.
“I can recommend what food and wine to order and which movies to watch,” Stuker said. “I’m like the Siskel and Ebert of the plane because I have already seen every one of them.”
While he doesn’t get much sleep during flights, the travelling does seem to spark his creative side. Maybe it’s the high altitudes—Stuker said most of his best business ideas were conceived on United planes.
As repayment for his serious brand loyalty—and the opportunity he’s giving United to churn out some good PR—the airline does everything it can to make sure its No. 1 customer stays satisfied. He always flies first class, has a plane named after him, and even used his frequent flyer miles to buy a spot as an extra in an episode of “Seinfeld” in the 90s.
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