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The man with 10 million frequent-flyer miles: By the numbers
A consultant from Chicago becomes United's first traveler to earn a Titanium Mileage Plus card. Here's a look at high-flying frenzy it took him to get there
A Chicago businessman is the first United passenger to hit the 10 million frequent-flier miles, the equivalent of 20 round trips to the moon.
A Chicago businessman is the first United passenger to hit the 10 million frequent-flier miles, the equivalent of 20 round trips to the moon.
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om Stuker, a Chicago-based car-sales consultant, has just become the first United Airlines passenger to rack up 10 million frequent flier miles. When he landed at Chicago's O'Hare airport on a United Flight 942 from Los Angeles, he was met by United Continental CEO Jeff Smisek amid such a commotion that several girls rushed up to ask whether Justin Bieber had deplaned. How exactly did Stuker reach this milestone? A quick numerical guide:

29
Years it took Stuker to reach 10 million miles with United's Mileage Plus program

29,000
Miles he averaged each month

340,000
Approximate distance Stuker travels each year

5,962
Trips Stuker has made with United

19
Years it took him to reach 5 million miles

10
Years it took to rack up the next 5 million

50 million
Number of "redeemable miles" Stuker has piled up. The extra windfall came from elite bonuses and other perks.

15 million
Miles logged by Fred Finn, a wealthy British tourist recognized as the distance champion among travelers on all airlines

20
Number of round trips to the moon it takes to log 10 million miles

400
Number of times Stuker could have circled the globe

200
Round trips Stuker has made to Australia

30
Round trips he logged to Asia

70
Trips he made to and from Hawaii

1
Number of movies in which George Clooney has played a 10-million-miler. Clooney's character in the film Up in the Air won free round-the-world airline tickets, and routinely received personal greetings from ticket agents he had never met.

Sources: ABC News, USA Today, NPR

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