akelley728 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 2139 posts, RR: 6 Posted (11 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19407 times:
Meet United Airlines' first 1 million-mile frequent flyer (in a single year):
It’s one for the record books.
While many United Airlines passengers have been busy the past year loudly complaining about the world’s largest carrier, intrepid traveler and businessman Tom Stuker has been busy doing something else — flying United.
Braniff747SP From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 2856 posts, RR: 1 Reply 8, posted (11 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 19155 times:
This guy again? Last year he was in the news as the person with the most flights on UA. There was a party in ORD and they gave him a titanium Global Services card, which is awesome, along with a few cases of wine.
The 747 will always be the TRUE queen of the skies!
777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2441 posts, RR: 3 Reply 11, posted (11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 17107 times:
This is quite the accomplishment - I guess - but honestly, given the economic conditions of the day, you have to wonder what kind of successful business model factors in such exorbitant travel costs. I suppose that question would be better directed toward his customers who presumably underwrite his client/site visits. IIRC from the earlier United celebration's article, he's married with children - how does that work?! Seems he's away from home as much, or more than many servicemembers....
RWA380 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2581 posts, RR: 4 Reply 12, posted (11 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 16987 times:
I hope the company he works for allows him to keep his earned miles as a perk of being a super fantastic road warrior, although I am unsure if could find the time, nor the desire, to get onto another aircraft to go on any decent vacation. He can donate them to make a wish, or something that that if one was feeling generous. A peace offering to your family for being gone the whole previous year.
A good salesman can get more done in a one hour meeting than weeks of emails and conference calls and voice mails. This is especially true for international where foreign languages and accents are involved and where there are lots of technology questions.
I only do about 200K BIS miles per year, but I travel sometimes TPAC for a 2 hour meeting.
OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2683 posts, RR: 4 Reply 16, posted (11 months 4 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 15149 times:
I used to have a job that took me on a tour of Asia Pac every 3 months which meant a RTW in J x4, plus I would do an RTW in J to go home to Oz once per year, plus I would go to NY one or twice in J for a long weekend. This led, based on bonus miles, to nearly 250 000 miles per year and I was not travelling that frequently, spending most of my time in Paris. I would get 100% bonus miles, plus 5000 mile bonuses, plus a 50 000 mile bonus on reaching 2400 status credits in one year with QF. So, without being in the air that often, I made 25% of his result. Had I flown a lot more, I can see how 1 M miles is not science fiction in one year....
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
Just to put it in perspective, that's roughly 65 LAX-SYD RTs in a year. Jesus christ. He would have to be flying almost exclusively long haul to reach 1 mil BIS - he surely didn't do it with a bunch of domestic hops.
tpaewr From United States of America, joined May 2001, 443 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13279 times:
Of course I make no coment this particular case. But only that in life things aren't always what they seem.
Early in the merger process my sUA partner told me how long long ago a then much smaller UA sold for what seemed like a pile of cash at the time *lifetime* flights deals. Various deals at various prices.
One of the most costly (I forget maybe a few 100k) got you and any buddy you wanted to bring along unlimited lifetime confirmed first class travel. Just imagine that value in a modern context!
If only someone had the vision to have purchased one for me way back when (if I was even born at the time)
But it is a 2 way street, how many millions is 'good press' worth in the todays world??
LOWS From Austria, joined Oct 2011, 1037 posts, RR: 1 Reply 20, posted (11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 13232 times:
Quoting tpaewr (Reply 20): Early in the merger process my sUA partner told me how long long ago a then much smaller UA sold for what seemed like a pile of cash at the time *lifetime* flights deals. Various deals at various prices.
Didn't AA also do that in the 1980s to raise quick cash?
I'm not sure "accomplishment", which implies a worthwhile end-goal, is the right word. I see nothing accomplished here in terms of whats important in any job: working efficiently time-wise and cost-wise for the benefit of your customer and your employer. I see alot of wasted time and money and an obsession -- an unhealthy one.
Quoting DLPMMM (Reply 13): A good salesman can get more done in a one hour meeting than weeks of emails and conference calls and voice mails.
Exactly. If I was one of his customers, and heard about this, I would insist on the following:
1. More conference calls, and fewer face visits.
2. I will buy his airline tickets (not on Star Alliance either) and expense him.
3. Insist on a rate/price reduction on whatever he is selling me, to ensure I'm not paying for his unnecessary travel.
This story is more sad than anything.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
DocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 17919 posts, RR: 57 Reply 24, posted (11 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 13194 times:
Quoting simairlinenet (Reply 5): Be sure to ask the question--did he actually fly 1 million miles or earn 1 million miles in some form? There is a big difference.
No way to know how far he actually flew. He would have earned 1 million miles. Miles are calculated by great-circle distance from origin to destination airport. In reality, actual air miles flown would be higher by perhaps 5%, no?
25 777fan: Believe me, I totally agree with your comments. The 'accomplishment' lies in the fact (I believe) he's still married, hasn't keeled over from DVT, an
26 DLPMMM: You don't seem to get it. A two hour face to face meeting can be so much more efficient, saving weeks of emails and conference calls, and securing th
27 yyz717: Oh I agree with you, but it's all about moderation. This guy flew the equivalent of 65(!) LAX-SYD roundtrips in 1 year. That's a LAX-SYD RT every 5th
28 DLPMMM: You don't know what his job description entails or of he has much choice about his schedule. I regularly fly for 60,000 miles or more in just 2 or 3
29 Flighty: It's a two-way street... sometimes you are in a position of true expertise; sometimes the other guy is. It's good for each side to acknowledge that.
30 akelley728: There are some jobs that almost require face-to-face visits. I'm sure most of the travel is done under the auspices of a travel budget, this guy isn'
31 DLT123: Great photo of Stuker in front of "his" plane in this article but, as valuable as face-to-face meetings are, it does sound like he was a man on a miss