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This Man Has Flown 23 Million Miles With United Airlines
United Airlines’ most frequent flyer, Tom Stuker, has spent the past three decades soaring through the skies. He amassed a mind-boggling number of miles that surpass the monumental journey of Apollo 11. Having shrewdly invested $290,000 in a lifetime pass from United Airlines back in 1990, Stuker proudly declares it the “best investment” he has ever made. His flight log serves as a testament to this extraordinary claim. Over the course of 33 years, the 69-year-old New Jersey resident has traveled more than 23 million miles. Stuker’s globetrotting adventures has taken him to over 100 countries. His mileage in 2019 alone was equivalent to six trips to the moon.
According to the Post, Stuker’s obsession with accumulating miles reached new heights in 2019. He embarked on 373 flights, covering a staggering 1.46 million miles. The financial value of his journeys would have amounted to a jaw-dropping $2.44 million.
The accumulation of frequent flier miles has truly transformed Stuker’s life. In 2009, he passed the 5 million mile mark, becoming the first United Airlines customer to achieve such a feat. The perks and privileges he has enjoyed as a result are nothing short of extravagant. From lavish hotel suites around the world to extended Crystal cruises and gastronomic delights spanning Perth to Paris, Stuker has reveled in a lifestyle fit for royalty. It’s all funded by his accumulated miles.
Stuker has wielded his miles for acts of generosity as well. As reported by the Washington Post, he used his miles to renovate his brother’s house. He cashed in on $50,000 worth of Walmart gift cards in a single day. He bid 451,000 air miles in a charity auction to secure a cameo appearance in an episode of Seinfeld.
Amidst the thrill and glamour, Stuker has witnessed some somber moments during his airborne escapades. Over the years, he has sadly encountered the deaths of four individuals onboard flights. Stuker’s love for flying remains unwavering with him and his wife having embarked on over 120 honeymoons.
As for concerns about his environmental impact, Stuker brushes them off. He said that his presence on commercial flights has a minimal footprint compared to the emissions of private jets. In his eyes, the wealthy jet-setters hold the power to make a substantial environmental difference.
Tom Stuker’s unwavering devotion to flight and the incredible experiences it affords have elevated him to a realm of travel reserved for the most avid and dedicated explorers. As he charts new destinations and collects memories with every takeoff Stuker remains an emblem of the remarkable possibilities that unfold when passion and opportunity intersect at 30,000 feet above the ground.