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(Chicago Trib)   United Airlines passenger becomes the first person to fly a million miles in a year. His luggage becomes the first to fly two million miles   (articles.chicagotribune.com) divider line 64
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2012-12-21 11:52:28 AM
To be fair, all his trips were between New York and Chicago, but they kept routing him through Sydney, Australia.
 
2012-12-21 11:54:07 AM
...and boy, are his arms tired.
 
2012-12-21 01:00:44 PM
didnt we just have this the other day?

he flew another 1000000
 
2012-12-21 01:01:05 PM
Well, that's nice.
 
2012-12-21 01:01:43 PM
 
2012-12-21 01:03:22 PM
Pete and Repete were flying on United.

Pete flew 1,000,000,000 million miles.

Who was the other.
 
2012-12-21 01:04:10 PM

Tom Stuker, an automotive sales consultant who has a home
that he never sees in Bloomingdale near O'Hare airport
 
2012-12-21 01:06:07 PM
On United? Sad tag....
 
2012-12-21 01:10:29 PM
That's a lot of radiation.
 
2012-12-21 01:11:29 PM
Now he can cash in his United Airlines Sky Miles for $12.57 ! WOW
 
2012-12-21 01:11:59 PM
If you buy 10 cans of beans, we'll give you a free can of beans!
 
2012-12-21 01:12:35 PM
I wonder how much exposure to cosmic radiation that's given him.
 
2012-12-21 01:13:28 PM
Not technically. Hillary Clinton has that honor.
 
2012-12-21 01:16:45 PM
Tom Stuker should meet Ted Striker.
 
2012-12-21 01:21:10 PM

Altitude5280: Not technically. Hillary Clinton has that honor.


But she flew on our dime, and it wasn't in "cattle car seating" for sure.
 
2012-12-21 01:22:15 PM
How many inches of TSA-fingering does that equate to?
 
2012-12-21 01:22:34 PM

Honest Bender: That's a lot of radiation.


Uakronkid: I wonder how much exposure to cosmic radiation that's given him.


That was my very first thought. Not to mention what the TSA have lovingly given him, too.
 
2012-12-21 01:26:27 PM
Wouldn't been cheaper to go to a Massage Parlor.

Or was he in love with Loretta at TSA?
 
2012-12-21 01:27:09 PM

ElusiveWookiee: That was my very first thought. Not to mention what the TSA have lovingly given him, too.


Meh.  High end frequent flyers rarely deal with the same hassles as others do with the TSA.
 
2012-12-21 01:28:54 PM
"Everyone at the airline, from the customer service agents to the flight attendants to the ramp workers, has made my travels feel effortless."

So what is the upgrade you get for a million miles, a free lobotomy?
 
2012-12-21 01:31:59 PM
DNRTFA. Is his name Ken Tarmac?

/"we JUST LANDED!"
 
2012-12-21 01:32:36 PM
What a miserable job he must have. Flying and sleeping in hotels all the time.


/DNRTFA
 
2012-12-21 01:33:21 PM
Did he find the promotional flaw in Healthy Choice pudding?
 
2012-12-21 01:33:57 PM
I honestly can't imagine being able to tolerate flying that much. Even being in business class for every single flight. I've been on flights that were half empty and been able to lie down comfortably across 4 seats. Even then I was plenty happy when the flight was over. I don't hate flying, but that's because I don't have to do it 400 times a year. This guy has some serious tolerance.

/Or he was just really, really drunk every time.
 
2012-12-21 01:34:34 PM

stuhayes2010: What a miserable job he must have. Flying and sleeping in hotels all the time.

/DNRTFA


He might be dodging what's waiting at home. Flying and hotels might be the better alternative.
 
2012-12-21 01:35:53 PM
They never really explained why he flies so much.

/Cause theres no train to Australia.
 
2012-12-21 01:38:27 PM

The sound of one hand clapping: I honestly can't imagine being able to tolerate flying that much. Even being in business class for every single flight. I've been on flights that were half empty and been able to lie down comfortably across 4 seats. Even then I was plenty happy when the flight was over. I don't hate flying, but that's because I don't have to do it 400 times a year. This guy has some serious tolerance.

/Or he was just really, really drunk every time.


In 1st Class you get to have sex with the Stews, so he has that going for him.
 
2012-12-21 01:41:26 PM
Just watch Up in the Air. The life that guys like this lead is exceedingly lonely and those that choose to live that way are aboslutely running from something.
 
2012-12-21 01:41:30 PM

HempHead: The sound of one hand clapping: I honestly can't imagine being able to tolerate flying that much. Even being in business class for every single flight. I've been on flights that were half empty and been able to lie down comfortably across 4 seats. Even then I was plenty happy when the flight was over. I don't hate flying, but that's because I don't have to do it 400 times a year. This guy has some serious tolerance.

/Or he was just really, really drunk every time.

In 1st Class you get to have sex with the Stews, so he has that going for him.


No you don't, nice wish however
 
2012-12-21 01:43:27 PM

HempHead: The sound of one hand clapping: I honestly can't imagine being able to tolerate flying that much. Even being in business class for every single flight. I've been on flights that were half empty and been able to lie down comfortably across 4 seats. Even then I was plenty happy when the flight was over. I don't hate flying, but that's because I don't have to do it 400 times a year. This guy has some serious tolerance.

/Or he was just really, really drunk every time.

In 1st Class you get to have sex with the Stews, so he has that going for him.


Contrary to what you think, there is NO sex in the Champagne Room.
 
2012-12-21 01:43:49 PM

HempHead: The sound of one hand clapping: I honestly can't imagine being able to tolerate flying that much. Even being in business class for every single flight. I've been on flights that were half empty and been able to lie down comfortably across 4 seats. Even then I was plenty happy when the flight was over. I don't hate flying, but that's because I don't have to do it 400 times a year. This guy has some serious tolerance.

/Or he was just really, really drunk every time.

In 1st Class you get to have sex with the Stews, so he has that going for him.


Depending on what they look like, that could well be another reason not to want to fly that much. Seen some very hot stewardesses in the few flights I've been on. Also seen some very homely looking ones.
 
2012-12-21 01:54:21 PM
God, having a job that required that much travel would suck ass.
 
2012-12-21 01:57:27 PM
flew over 160,000 in one year for a job once. It just about killed me. I feel sorry for this poor farker doing a million.
 
2012-12-21 01:58:18 PM
darch: Just watch Up in the Air. The life that guys like this lead is exceedingly lonely and those that choose to live that way are aboslutely running from something.

Nice blanket statement. I fly about 200,000-250,000 miles a year. That's a lot compared to everyone except the guy in this article.

I'm not running from anything. Beautiful wife, great kids , etc. Took the job because the pay is incredible and the short-term misery is worth it in the long run. I never travel on weekends or holidays and I get to take the entire family on trips whenever the kids aren't in school. Five years of this and I'm out.

Traveling sucks, even with the upgrades. I agree that it is exceedingly lonely. I spend all of my downtime in a gym or running so that I don't end up in a bar or sitting in my hotel room watching porn. Both of those can get very expensive.
 
2012-12-21 01:58:27 PM

darch: Just watch Up in the Air. The life that guys like this lead is exceedingly lonely and those that choose to live that way are aboslutely running from something.


Intermittently banging Vera Farmiga and hanging out with cute-as-a-button Anna Kendrick? [i'mokwiththis.jpg]
 
2012-12-21 02:01:16 PM

darch: Just watch Up in the Air. The life that guys like this lead is exceedingly lonely and those that choose to live that way are aboslutely running from something.


Great movie.
 
2012-12-21 02:01:19 PM
a hotel accidentally gave my father 1,000,000 frequent traveler points once.  This guy is making that error believable now.  (A couple years later the hotel chain discovered and fixed the error.  He never used the points.)
 
2012-12-21 02:02:21 PM
Did he eat the fish?
 
2012-12-21 02:03:39 PM
What a horror show of an existence that must be.
 
2012-12-21 02:06:07 PM
It's true because it's funny
 
2012-12-21 02:15:20 PM

xiola: flew over 160,000 in one year for a job once. It just about killed me. I feel sorry for this poor farker doing a million.


No shiat. I was miserable after my year of a paltry 100 or so flights. If I was doing 4x that I think I'd probably try to end it all.

// probably would be in an airplane or airport bathroom given the odds with that much travel
/// twice as depressed by that thought
//// oh well, SCOTCH TIME.
 
2012-12-21 02:24:15 PM
Ever hear of Webex?
 
2012-12-21 02:29:48 PM
I did 90 Marriott nights this year so I'm getting a kick blah blah blah...

The upside: I really enjoy my work, when I travel I'm ultra-focused on a) work; b) being at the gym in 26 minutes; c) getting enough sleep and there are little to no distractions to that.

The downside: I've had to give up alot of things I love in life, like having activities. I also really want to volunteer as a high school tutor in the city, but most of those programs are on weeknights.

I know I won't do this forever, but I'm happy doing it for now. Still most of my flights are regional (
 
2012-12-21 02:34:12 PM

xiola: flew over 160,000 in one year for a job once. It just about killed me. I feel sorry for this poor farker doing a million.


Agreed. Some of the places I go to for work I have no choice but to take 6AM flights. At one point I was doing this on average twice a month. I feel like my life expectancy has been cut by a few years.
 
2012-12-21 02:40:50 PM

KillTheStupid: I fly about 200,000-250,000 miles a year.


Curious. What line of work and what type of flights? Seems to me that's difficult to rack up domestically unless you do trans-con flights every day. Lots of trips to Asia?

I easily do 50k/year and I only fly a few times a year, but it's usually 1-2 trips to Asia and 2-3 trips to Europe.
 
2012-12-21 02:43:30 PM

gingerjet: ElusiveWookiee: That was my very first thought. Not to mention what the TSA have lovingly given him, too.

Meh.  High end frequent flyers rarely deal with the same hassles as others do with the TSA.


In the majority of instances, the only thing that frequent flyers get is a shorter line to wait in before the groping or radiation begins. There are only a handful of airports where being a frequent flyer may mean less of a hassle from TSA. Link
 
2012-12-21 02:46:54 PM
1,000,000 miles in a year equates to 2739 miles a day. That's roughly six hours in the air each day plus another couple hours to and from the airport. WTF did this guy do other than fly?
 
2012-12-21 02:50:17 PM

mark_bert: 1,000,000 miles in a year equates to 2739 miles a day. That's roughly six hours in the air each day plus another couple hours to and from the airport. WTF did this guy do other than fly?


Peanuts, lots of peanuts.
 
2012-12-21 02:59:19 PM
FTFA: "It has been a phenomenal year flying with United," Stuker said in a United news release. "Everyone at the airline, from the customer service agents to the flight attendants to the ramp workers, has made my travels feel effortless."

Once you hit the top-tier in a frequent-flier program, travel is pretty cushy. I spent a few years as Exec Platinum on AA. Averaging 100 flights a year, I think I sat in coach a dozen times -- free upgrades on all domestic flights. Flying standby was a breeze, too. I could walk up to just about any flight and get right on, and get an upgrade into first.

Downside, however, was that I practically lived at the airport. I missed a ton of important events at home. I'll never get that time back.
 
2012-12-21 03:09:56 PM
He is really a smuggler with the code name: GOATSE
 
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