Check out this ABC News Travel article about Tom Stuker, essentially a real life Ryan Bingham times two. He has flown over eight million butt in seat miles on United and has flown 700,000 butt in seat miles this year alone. I’d be willing to bet almost anything that he’s the world’s most frequent flier.
What makes this article especially interesting is that it basically compares Global Services to the treatment Ryan Bingham receives. Mr. Stuker provides many examples, although it’s clear that most of the incredible treatment he receives is due to him being United’s most frequent flier as opposed to being a Global Services member. Nonetheless a truly fascinating read.
Some of my favorite quotes:
Stuker flies so much that this summer he had 23 consecutive meals on planes.
At the United Los Angeles first class lounge, “I am treated like a king,” Stuker said. He walks in the door and his favorite drink — a Bacardi and Diet Coke — is waiting. When he leaves, the staff hands him a personally packed doggie bag of his favorite snack for the next flight: chips and guacamole.
“If I was in coach, I would shoot myself”