Traveller clocks up 18,479 Miles in five days to bag BA Gold Card

Intrepid travellers have been known to carry out some Herculean feats in the name of satisfying their wanderlust. For one Brit the prospect of bagging a British Airways Gold card was enough incentive for him to clock up a staggering 18,479 miles in just five days.

30-year-old online marketing manager Adam Rowland hopped on 12 flights to become a traveller to be reckoned with, all the while documenting his experience through his online blog (

As well as hoping to get his hands on a coveted Gold card in less than a week, he also hoped to tackle a number of his own personal goals including overcoming a ‘white-knuckle fear of turbulence’ and ‘seeking pleasure in the company of strangers’.

Writing on his blog Adam 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, British Airways’ 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.”

Adam was presented with his new Gold card at Terminal 5 on Tuesday (September 8th).

His itinerary included:

  • 18,479 miles
  • 12 flights
  • 3 airlines
  • 9 airports
  • 2 hotels
  • 45 hours in the air
  • 3 countries
  • 7 cities

Date Created: 11 September 2014

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