BA passenger flies 18,479 miles in five days for Gold card

9 Sep 2014 by GrahamSmith

A British Airways passenger has travelled 18,479 miles on 12 flights in five days to earn an Executive Club Gold card.

Adam Rowland, 30, flew with three airlines and travelled through nine airports, three countries and seven cities. He spent 45 hours in the air and stayed in two hotels.

The online marketing manager from Epping, Surrey, was presented with his Gold card in the First lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 5 yesterday.

Adam Rowland

He undertook the journey to overcome personal challenges including his "white-knucle fear of turbelence" and to "seek pleasure in the company of strangers".

His journey was as follows:

  • London City to Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam to Heathrow 
  • Heathrow to Boston 
  • Boston to Los Angeles 
  • Los Angeles to Honolulu 
  • Honolulu to Los Angeles 
  • Los Angeles to Washington Dulles 
  • Washington Dulles to Charlotte
  • Charlotte to New York 
  • New York to London City 
  • Heathrow to Amsterdam 
  • Amsterdam to London City.
Adam Rowland

Writing on his blog at, Rowland said: "I'd convinced myself that I would never get to Gold the long way round and then I found a way that I could. I'd broken out of the boundary that I'd set myself and the challenge was afoot.

"It might not be the most conventional way of spending a long weekend, but then again I've never been that much of a fan of convention."

James Hiller, BA's Executive Club manager, said: "A member of our team at British Airways spotted Adam's blog and we'd been watching him as he criss-crossed the Atlantic.

"It's an incredible achievement and we are delighted to award him the Gold card he's achieved with his flying, and we look forward to welcoming him as a Gold customer on his next journey with us."

BA Executive Club is currently teaming up with HHonors to offer members up to quadruple Avios when staying at participating Hilton hotels (see news, September 3).

Graham Smith

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