British Airways rolled out the red carpet at Heathrow this week for a customer who had travelled a staggering 18,479 miles in just five days on 12 flights, in an effort to bag himself a British Airways gold card.
Adam Rowland, a 30-year-old online marketing manager from Epping decided to take on the challenge and document his entire experience through an online blog (http://vegadventure.weebly.com/), in which he explained that as well as trying to achieve a British Airways gold card in less than a week.
He also hoped to use the trip as a way of overcoming personal challenges, including 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 officially presented with his new Gold card at Terminal 5 yesterday afternoon in the First lounge at Terminal 5, which he will now be able to make full use of.
Adam’s itinerary included:
- 18,479 miles
- 12 flights
- 3 airlines
- 9 airports
- 2 hotels
- 45 hours in the air
- 3 countries
- 7 cities
The Brit started his journey at London City Airport, then flying on from city to city. The itinerary included the following flights:
- 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
The British Airways Executive Club is free to join. Members can collect Avios, the club currency, to spend on flights, upgrades and other travel rewards.
Source: British Airways