The CEO of United, Jeff Smisek, was there to congratulate Stuker when he flew into Chicago from Los Angeles.
As a member of the United Airlines Global Services Programme his frequent flyer programme has kicked in big with as United have told him he will never have to queue at airports again. Plus he’ll always get upgraded and to really show how much they love him they’ve named a plane after him.
It seems to me that nowadays not having to queue at all is an absolutely massive benefit and almost worth flying so many miles.
Amazingly Stuker takes his wife on up to five honeymoons a year, presumably paid for through his Rewards Credit card with his colossal amount of frequent flier points?
Martin Hand, United’s Vice-President of Customer Experience, said it took Stuker 19 years to accumulate his first five million air miles and just 10 years to double the mileage.
Of course this is all great publicity for United Airlines and Martin Hands said, "So we figure that we’re going to be here in five years when you hit 15 million miles, because you’re cutting it in half every time."
So you can image the amount of air miles stacked on to Stuker’s airmiles credit card if he manages 15 million of them!
When ABC News interviewed Stuker he said, "People have vacation homes and I have United."
Interestingly enough United didn’t mention the amount of money Stuker must have spent to accumulate all those air miles. Although as a sales consultant I’m sure his clients were happy picking the bill up.
Stuker has 50 million frequent flier miles. In fact he had so many that in the 1990s he used some of them to buy an appearance on "Seinfeld."
In 2009 Stuker flew 700,000 miles and again United Airlines were able to get him into the news. So he’s definitely an airline PR asset.
The club Stuker belongs to at United is a highly selective one and you don’t know you’re a member until you’re invited.
Interestingly until the George Clooney film, “Up in the Air”, these sort of high mileage travellers weren’t really heard of.