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无敌 发表在  2011-7-9 14:47:10  | 显示全部楼层 | 阅读模式
本帖最后由 无敌 于 2011-7-9 15:19 编辑

这哥们周六飞到了这个里程碑,相当于绕地球400圈,飞月球来回20次。


What does it take to reach 10 million miles flown? Mileage Plus member and our most frequent flyer, Tom Stuker, reaches this milestone Saturday on Flight 952 from Los Angeles to Chicago. Wondering how many miles 10 million is? You could circle the globe 400 times, fly to the moon and back 20 times, or fly roundtrip between United’s largest hubs in Houston and Chicago about 5,400 times.

这是电影《在云端》里的场景。

  乔治·克鲁尼扮演空中飞人Ryan Bingham。Bingham先生是美航“Ambassador Key”计划的会员之一,一年飞行322天,他的梦想是乘坐飞机积攒的英里数达到1000万,成为超白金尊享会员。他自豪地说:“做到的人比登上月球的还少,我会是第七个。”

  真的飞到1000万英里时,机上人员“砰”的一声打开香槟,总机长就坐在他旁边。

  好处不止于此。他获得了终身荣誉会员身份,甚至连他的名字都被写在了机身上。剧情当然是虚构的,不过,制片人和美航的紧密合作,让这部电影在细节上尽可能地保持了真实。

  影片开头,Bingham跟偶遇的Alex调情时,曾经拿出过一张带有“Concierge Key(至尊会员)”字样的黑色卡片。

  虽然美航的网站上没有任何相关信息,但据该公司发言人Billy Sanez介绍,“Concierge Key”计划确有其事。它是在传统常旅客计划(航空公司针对经常乘坐其航班的旅客推出的以里程累积奖励为主的促销手段,美航1981年率先推出常旅客计划AAdvantage)基础上推出的针对顶级乘客的服务项目,只有受到邀请的人才能加入这个顶级俱乐部。Sanez接受采访时说:“会员都是极其精心挑选出来的,我们非常了解他们。”

  几乎所有上规模的航空公司都推出了类似项目,但他们大多对此三缄其口。“这跟骷髅会差不多,是个小圈子”,旅行作家Joel Widzer说。

  到底有多少人像Bingham那样,飞过了1000万英里?具体人数不详,不过肯定“多于登上月球的人数”(美国的阿波罗登月飞行共进行7次,参加的航天员共21人,其中有12人登上月球)。

  在美航,加入千万英里俱乐部的人拥有私人热线,并且持有贵宾卡Concierge Key。

  由于该公司以前从未宣传过,Concierge Key并不为人所知,《在云端》这部电影2009年底在美国上映时才首次曝光。它的确是黑色的,持有者不见得攒够了多少里程,许多名人(比如乔治·克鲁尼)都被赋予了这种特权。

  “飞机男”网页(FlyerTalk.com)曾爆料:“凭Concierge Key,可享有进出机场的一切方便:有专人服侍特快Check-in;秘密通道直达海关队头;柜台人员会记得你的姓名;候机室早已准备好你爱看的报纸和喜欢的小吃;遇上航班延误,航空公司会自动为你订好其他转驳航班,或安排你乘坐其他航空公司的客机,务求让VVVIP在原定时间抵达目的地。”

  一般情况下,美航的常旅客最多可以取得超白金会员资格,其附带的好处包括优先升级头等舱、免费托运行李、进入贵宾室等等,在里程积累方面,还可以获得百分之百的里程兑换奖励,飞一次相当于飞两次。

  乘坐美航航班积攒里程数最多的人是Phillip Dunkelberger。作为一家数据保护公司的CEO,他每年大约有30周“在路上”,据称已经飞了1400万英里。

  Dunkelberger回忆,有一次他从旧金山飞往伦敦,有乘客在飞机起飞前生病,航班被延误,美航因此专门为他预订了英航的航班,把他快速送到另外一个终端赶飞机。

  另一家航空公司美联航虽然拒绝谈论其针对顶级乘客推出的同类计划“Global Servise”(全球服务),却告知了谁是积攒里程的冠军—Thomas Stuker,一位年近六旬的汽车行业管理培训师。

  Stuker说:“享受‘Global Servise’,就如同上了天堂。每次拨打密歇根的800电话,我甚至不必自我介绍。他们认识我,我有私人的800热线。”过去若干年间,他在圣诞节免费获得过价值500美元的红酒,过生日时收到过蛋糕,甚至由美联航赞助,在电视连续剧《Seinfeld(宋飞正传)》里露了一回脸。

  那他积攒了多少里程?据说是3000万英里。不过,这位老实人去年底对媒体承认,他其实只飞了880万英里,剩下的都是里程奖励或者用信用卡消费积分之类兑换的。

  你可能很想知道,如何才能加入相关项目,成为顶级旅客。大多数人的回答是:别拿这事去烦航空公司,除非他们向你发出邀请。

  不过还是有一些大概的技巧,例如,你飞得多并不像你花钱多那么重要。旅行作家Widzer也认为:买全价票最好,从势利的角度来看,最好你是一个CEO。他认识的某公司CEO,据说只飞行3.5万英里就收到了邀请。而Widzer本人乘坐Delta的航班一年飞行20万英里,至今也没收到该公司的邀请。他猜测Delta对他的职业有所忌惮。要是他有机会了解所有内幕,并将之公诸于众,那些还在为一个枕头而战斗的普通乘客将作何感想?
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ariesleo + 10 这个人是永久免费生舱,ORD给安排了私人休息.

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miceking 发表于 2011-7-9 15:02:18  | 显示全部楼层
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guoalbert 发表于 2011-7-9 15:07:38  | 显示全部楼层
一年飞200k Miles也要飞50年!!!
There is so much beauty in the world!

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无敌 发表于 2011-7-9 15:08:49  | 显示全部楼层
本帖最后由 无敌 于 2011-7-9 15:09 编辑

Google到了2009年关于他的报道
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/george-clooney-up-in-air-frequent-flier-movie-reality-true/story?id=9341566

Frequent Flier VIP: Meet the Guy Who Never Waits at the Airport
Airport lines are a thing of the past for Tom Stuker. So are middle seats, waiting on hold when calling customer service and missed connections.
Instead, his air travels bring him complimentary cocktails, first name greetings and a hidden check-in process.
Stuker has flown nearly 700,000 miles this year alone, criss-crossing the globe for work as an automobile sales consultant. Over the years, he has racked up nearly 8.8 million miles on United Airlines, making him the top member of the airline's Mileage Plus frequent flier program.
Stuker's travel has earned him a spot in a secret group of super-elite frequent fliers that is essentially so valuable to the airlines they will do anything for them.
These once-secret clubs -- which airlines are still very reluctant to speak about -- are getting new attention, thanks to George Clooney. In his new movie 'Up in the Air,' Clooney's high-flying character, Ryan Bingham, details the life of a 10-million-miler, from the free round-the-world airline tickets right down to the personal greeting from ticket agents who have likely never met him.
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Mega-mileage members like Stuker are a level far beyond the typical frequent flier.
"There's no such thing as weather delays for these types of people," said Randy Petersen, founder of FlyerTalk.com and editor of InsideFlyer magazine. "It's the service that all of us as travelers wish we had."
United spokeswoman Robin Urbanski Janikowski describes the airline's high-mileage program, Global Services, as the airline industry's answer to Yale University's secretive Skull and Bones club, which counts presidents, senators and CEOs as among its past members.
"You don't know what you get until you are in it, and then you don't want to leave," Urbanski Janikowski said. "It's a world that not many folks know even exists."
Fliers like Stuker arrive at special check-in areas where agents greet them by name and whisk away their bags. Their boarding passes are already printed, and at some airports an agent simply opens a hidden door, leading them to the very front of the security checkpoint line.
Most people have seen these passengers boarding planes before everybody else. They also get first choice of meals before the airline runs out of either beef or chicken, and there is even a special team dedicated to finding and delivering their lost luggage.
But the real perks come when a flight is delayed or a connection is too tight for mere coach travelers to make.
Before the traveler has landed, the airline's staff will automatically rebook him or her on the next flight -- possibly even bumping somebody else -- and have a special agent meet the traveler at their gate with the new boarding pass. A modified golf cart is waiting to speed the traveler through the terminal to the next flight.
"They really, really, really take care of you," Stuker said. "They'll have you rebooked, they'll meet you at the gate so you aren't panicking and they will arrange for any and all means to get you to that flight. They'll personally escort you through security."
In some extreme cases, the airlines will even hold a connecting flight and have a car waiting for the passenger that will race across the tarmac to the next plane -- bypassing the busy terminals. There have even been reports of a helicopter once being sent to help a traveler stuck in traffic.

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无敌 发表于 2011-7-9 15:10:34  | 显示全部楼层
Consider it high-roller service without the Las Vegas casino.
"It is total, total VIP," Stuker said.


The' Up in the Air' Movie Treatment Stuker flies so much that this summer he had 23 consecutive meals on planes.
"Toward the last day or two, I asked to switch my first class meal to a coach meal to try something different," he said.
Once, when flying out of Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, he was escorted by Global Services through the terminal with then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, just before Obama announced his intentions to seek the presidency.
"It's nice to know that United literally treats me like the president of the United States when I fly," said Stuker, 55.
When you live up in the air, these perks make a big difference. When Stuker calls the airline's reservation line, the staff greets him by name even when he calls from odd phones from around the world -- he says many of the telephone agents recognize his voice.
He's also flown enough on American Airlines to earn lifetime gold, million-miler status, but when given the choice, he picks United.
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.

Dale Robinette/Tom Stuker/ABC News
Secret frequent flier clubs aren't just for...
Secret frequent flier clubs aren't just for George Clooney and his new movie, "Up in the Air." Meet Tom, Stuker, a real-life Ryan Bingham who flies thousands of miles a week and is rewarded with the ultimate in frequent flier perks from the airlines.
During his frequent trips to Australia, Stuker pays for a first-class seat.



"If I was in coach, I would shoot myself," he said. "When you're sitting in a very comfortable seat, in this case a bed with two fluffy pillows, Champagne and an array of movies to choose from, I'm not looking for a whole lot of sympathy."


The Best Frequent Flier Perks Airlines typically reward fliers for the number of miles or flight segments they fly. The more often you fly, the better the perks: upgrades, dedicated check-in lines and quiet lounges to escape the chaos of the terminal.
But there is a payoff for those perks: Business travelers who buy tickets hours before the flight might pay $1,400 for that same seat that costs another passenger hundreds of dollars less. Executives who buy last-minute, fully-refundable first-class tickets might pay $4,000 or more.
It costs the airline the same amount of money to get each person from point A to point B, but clearly some passengers are more profitable than others. (That's why airlines offer leisure travelers a $200 or $300 voucher to voluntarily be bumped to a later flight -- they often want to fill the seat with a high-yield customer paying three times that.)
The major airlines refused to give out details of these secret rewards programs, fearing that the competition will try to use such information to steal customers. But FlyerTalk.com's Petersen, who was once a Global Services member himself, said members of these clubs often spend $50,000 to $100,000 a year with the airline.
The airlines can also offer membership to influential people such as the heads of large corporate travel departments, celebrities or politicians.
Petersen said it's like Studio 54, "They pick you, you don't pick them."
'Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman, for example, was given his own membership card by American.
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无敌 发表于 2011-7-9 15:11:27  | 显示全部楼层
"Somebody could fly once a year or 100 times a year," said Billy Sanez, director of advertising and promotion for American Airlines, who worked with the 'Up in the Air' crew. "There's no preset determination for it. It's invitation only. It is our very best customers."
Membership doesn't necessarily guarantee membership for life. Each year, American sends out letters either renewing memberships or not.
"I wouldn't call it a secret society, but it's an exclusive group," Sanez said.


Reaching 10 Million Frequent Flier Miles In the movie, Clooney's character shows his American Airlines Concierge Key card to a woman he is hitting on at a bar. Her response: I had heard rumors, but I didn't know these really existed.
"This is pretty hoty," she says, picking up the card.
While the Concierge Key program does exist, the movie takes a bit of artistic license with other parts of the services. Clooney's character is seeking to get 10 million frequent flier miles.
"I'd be the seventh person to do it. More people have walked on the moon," he said.
The major airlines refused to divulge how many people have reached that target, but airline officials who were willing to talk -- including from American -- said the number is more than 12, the number who have walked on the moon.
"That line is not accurate," Sanez said.
And while there is some recognition when a passenger hits the 10 million mark, American does not put the traveler's name on the side of a plane or have the person meet the "chief pilot," as the movie claims.
Phillip Dunkelberger is one of those passengers. He currently has more than 11 million miles with American and is a member of Concierge Key. (There are several American AAdvantage members who have more miles.)
He is president and CEO of PGP Corp., a global data security firm. Each year, he is on the road for at least 30 weeks.
Dunkelberger hit 10 million miles about two years ago when flying out of New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. At the gate there was an announcement about his milestone and then Dunkelberger was escorted in a mini-ceremony down the ramp to the plane.
Dunkelberger said Concierge Key provides him with unparalleled service and makes him feel looked after.
"I like the fact that you can't qualify for it," he said. "In today's world where airline travel has become a get-on-the-bus kind of thing, that's a real important thing for somebody who's in the air as much as I am and has a lot of choices in business travel being the CEO of a company."
Dunkelberger chooses flights by time and price but, when all things are equal, chooses American because of the service.
He recalls a time he was flying from San Francisco to London and before takeoff somebody got sick. The plane had to be taken out of service and Dunkelberger was going to miss his connection. American rebooked him on a British Airways flight and rushed him to the other terminal to make that flight.
"They literally bent over backward," he said, "went down, pulled my bag off that plane and hand-carried it across the airport to the other airline."
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无敌 发表于 2011-7-9 15:13:26  | 显示全部楼层
2010年美国新闻网对他的报道。
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7z2dPHkOTRM
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无敌 发表于 2011-7-9 15:16:30  | 显示全部楼层
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miceking 发表于 2011-7-9 15:29:01  | 显示全部楼层
guoalbert 发表于 2011-7-9 17:07
一年飞200k Miles也要飞50年!!!

一年272trips, >1million miles
按照a380 maximum operating speed 587mph,这家伙一年在飞机上远超过1703小时(71天)
他家在飞机上,哈哈
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tstt 发表于 2011-7-9 15:30:12  | 显示全部楼层
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游之蓝城 发表于 2011-7-9 15:47:25  | 显示全部楼层
1千万英里是up in the air里的那个一千万吗
那电影说全球只有7个人达成

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vincentzh 发表于 2011-7-9 17:02:15  | 显示全部楼层
电影是虚构的,但是框架还是对的~
全球享受never waiting 待遇的还是应该比7个人多
我听说航空公司可以托管顶级会员的私人飞机

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mediator 发表于 2011-7-9 18:25:34  | 显示全部楼层
AA那个可以算刷卡拿到的mile

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ariesleo 发表于 2011-7-14 02:55:01  | 显示全部楼层
回复 游之蓝城 的帖子


AA的比UA的这个差些,UA是阵飞出来的,AA可以是刷信用卡的。

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xdw1986 发表于 2012-7-20 15:43:42  | 显示全部楼层
那个电影还不错

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xelite 发表于 2012-7-22 10:19:13  来自手机  | 显示全部楼层
很好的分享文章。

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joyzorro 发表于 2012-7-22 15:07:57  | 显示全部楼层
我看完《在云端》之后的感受是一丝难言的苦处,喜剧背后的忧思,浮华背后的空虚,飞人,非人啊!呵呵!

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spiker 发表于 2012-7-22 15:50:05  | 显示全部楼层
铁人啊,膜拜啊

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roswellism 发表于 2012-7-23 00:16:45  | 显示全部楼层
这些待遇还比不上家里一张床

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