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July 12th, 2011
11:28 AM ET

Tom Stuker talks about hitting 10 million mile mark with United Airlines

(CNN) – When Tom Stuker telephones United Airlines to reserve a flight, all he has to say is "Hi."

The agent on the other end of the line will immediately recognize who is calling and take special care of the traveler United calls its "number one customer."

Meet the man many people have compared to George Clooney's character in "Up in the Air." Over the weekend, Stuker became the first person ever to reach the 10 million mile mark in United's Mileage Plus program.

Stuker, a Chicago-based consultant for the automotive industry, has flown on almost 6,000 United flights since 1982. He travels extensively for business and pleasure, noting that he's taken about 60 honeymoons with "the woman of my dreams" in the last 15 years.

He flies first class, of course, and gets VIP treatment as a member of United's exclusive Global Services program for super elite frequent fliers. Membership "comes with many benefits that we actually don't publicize," United spokesman Rahsaan Johnson said.

This morning on American Morning, Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi talk with Tom Stuker about his amazing achievement.

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