IF loyalty is to be applauded, you've got to hand it to Thomas Stuker, an American businessman who has accumulated over 10 million air miles flying with United Airlines.
As a reward for such loyalty, Mr Stuker will never queue again. And he will always be bumped up to first class.
I should think so, too. I hope the airline rolls out a red carpet for him. Mr Stuker’s story calls to mind George Clooney’s lonely character in Up In The Air, who achieved the same frequent-flying feat. But that was a film. The fact that anyone can fly this much – the equivalent of 400 times around the globe in 5962 flights over 29 years – is beyond my belief. I hate flying; I have to drug myself into a semi-conscious state just to get on the plane.
But I do appreciate the concept of frequent flier miles. Providing he has the time, Mr Stuker will have enough miles to take several foreign holidays a year. In the past, my mum was a huge advocate of frequent flier miles, racking them up every which way she could – least of all by flying.
She knew how to work the system and, as such, my family had numerous “free” flights – transatlantic ones, too. These flights meant that, while they lived across the pond in Texas, we were able see each other much more than we ever imagined – or could afford.
How did she do it? With every dollar spent on her Visa equating to two “miles”, she paid for literally everything in her life via her card – from phone bills to petrol to grocery shopping and clothes – and then she paid it off every month. It was genius, and, at the time, truly a blessing.
Loyalty should always be rewarded. I might not be willing to fly as much as Mr Stuker; but then I’m not really bothered about having a plane named after me like he has.
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