Secretary of State John Kerry has flown a ton. In fact, he
has already overtaken his predecessor Hillary Rodham Clinton in his first year as America’s top diplomat, clocking up 519,136 miles to 51 countries in 239 days, according to State Department figures.
That’s a whole lot of flying, though not necessarily more than Tom Stuker.
Kerry’s Air Force plane broke down in Hawaii on Thursday and he wound up flying back commercial on United (in first class, natch). But “most everyone else” was in coach (no word who else get to fly up front).
“Finally, some frequent-flier miles,” Kerry said when his staffers explained the alternate arrangements, according to a senior State Department official.
I wonder if:
- John Kerry is actually a member of United’s MileagePlus (or airline partner program, although it would certainly be impolitic for the US Secretary of State to credit miles to a foreign airline’s program).
- Whether he or a staffer actually went to the trouble of having his account number added to the reservation.
Secretary Kerry: if your number wasn’t in your reservation at the time of the flight, be aware that your staff can still submit a request for credit as long as you were actually already a member of the program.
I’m not sure whether it matters either way, since his wife has about a billion dollars.