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My Millionth Mile

Elizabeth Baldwin

Passport BlogSo I got off a plane flight last week after, somewhere over the Pacific, I flew my millionth mile on UA. Those are flight miles in the air, not car or hotel bonus points. Actually, I probably have over a million and a half air miles when you add up all the other carriers, which is a decent bit of time in the clouds, although nowhere close to what many can claim. The other week (in an airport, of course!) I met a guy who does about 250k a year.

Still, it seemed worth noting. Milestones (pun intended!) are often a cause for reflection, and this one reminds me how lucky I've been to see so much of the world. Of course, the more I see, the more I appreciate my home.

I wouldn't trade my blue passport for anything. I both appreciate America and get frustrated by how dysfunctional we are. We should be truly a unified country, but we continue to emphasize differences rather than common interests. I don't think I can solve the country's problems here, but can I help promote cooperation within our industry at least? Since this a blog for our association, let me give a shout out here to my friendly competitors who put in time and effort to support the industry as a whole. More, let me express the hope that in the next year we can find more common ground than division. This is truly an international industry, and I hope we can move forward united together to make it ever stronger. We've gone a lot of miles together and there are many more ahead ...


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