Sam Chui is a Chinese aviation enthusiast who is best known as one of the world’s most-followed aviation vloggers, bloggers, and photographers.
Every year he travels upwards of 300,000 miles to share and test the experience onboard some of the finest fleets in the sky.
He was born on November 7, 1980, in Beijing, China. Chui migrated to Hong Kong with his parents in the mid-’80s. Sam later moved to Australia for high school and university.
In 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Commerce with Merit, Finance, and Business Economics.
In 1999, Sam created a website (originally called SamChuiPhotos.com) publishing photos of airplanes. Sam was especially well-known for those overhead LAX photos he’d take from helicopters.
This allowed him to merge his fondness for aviation. During an interview, he said:
”I have spent some of the happiest times of my life in the air.”
Sam later added:
”It is that precious feeling of being above the clouds, the romance and the curiosity of flying which developed my passion towards aviation and travel.”
Chui currently hosts his own self-titled aviation blog (samchui.com) as well as he provides aviation commentary to global media outlets like Bloomberg News and CNN.
He also has an excellent job in finance in Dubai, hence, he gets paid for most of his flights, using his extensive miles and upgrade situations.
In the present day, Sam has flown over 1,800 flights, traveled to more than 100 countries, and gathered over 3.1 million miles around the globe.
In 2012, he boarded a flight to Tehran so he could score a seat on a vintage, 35-year old Boeing 747 on his return flight the next day.
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On November 3, 2007, he started his self entitled YouTube channel. His first video is called – ”Singapore Air Inaugural A380 Suites In-Flight Service.”
With over 31 million views, ”Inside The World’s Only Private Boeing 787 Dreamliner!” is his most viewed video. Currently, his channel has more than 2.1 million subscribers.
“[A lot of] the audience looks at [my videos] as inspiration.”
“I get a lot of fan mail every day, and I’ve got so many people saying, ‘Sam keep going, we don’t have the means to do it, but watching your videos is the closest thing we get to seeing the first class of every single airline.”
He’s authored the books Air, Air2, and Air3.
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Sam Chui is married to his wife, Amy Chui.
”Flying into Somalia was an eye-opener, we landed on the extreme bumpy runway in Berbera once used by NASA Space Shuttle as an emergency landing strip.”
”British Airways stunned the world by introducing the world’s first flatbed in Business Class in 2000.”
”The most important thing is to do some research and to find out how full your flight is.”
When asked about his favorite airport lounge, Chui responded:
”SWISS first class lounge at Zurich because of the outdoor terrace. Qatar Airways first class lounge at Doha, it is like a museum there.”
When asked about how often does he fly, Sam said:
”I fly on average 150 times per year, so about every 2-3 days per flight on average.”
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When asked about the number of loyalty programs he’s enrolled in, Chui answered:
“I’ve lost count but I think I have about 10 or 12, usually one or two per alliance.”
Sam has gained the reputation of an “avgeek” – someone who has a love for planes/aircraft.
Sam Chui – Net Worth
Chui earned most of his wealth from working in Dubai, in finances. Also, he sold photos of airplanes on his website SamChuiPhotos.com. Furthermore, he has a YouTube channel that has more than 446 million views (about $1 million in revenue, before taxes).
Also, he has a website (samchui.com) on which he sells his books. Therefore, Sam Chui has an estimated net worth of $5 million.
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