Couple’s dream holiday trip goes wrong from Las Vegas to Birmingham

Published on : Friday, April 29, 2016

birminghamA dream holiday of a British couple went awry only when they discovered that they’d booked flights from Birmingham, Alabama, rather than Birmingham, UK.


Richella Heekin, who is 26 and stay in Birmingham suburb of Sutton Coldfield, surprised her boyfriend Ben Marlow at his 30th birthday party when she said they would be travelling to America. She saved for two years to get together $1,750 for the trip as the birthday present. After scouring the web for reasonably-priced flights to Las Vegas, she brought tickets for the flights which originated not in the West Midlands but in the Deep South.


The airport code for Birmingham, UK (BHX) from Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) has only a single letter difference but this one letter made all the difference.


Although the couple were unable to get a refund, they bought late flights to Amsterdam instead. Marlow said they would now start saving for another trip to the US.

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One Response to Couple’s dream holiday trip goes wrong from Las Vegas to Birmingham

  1. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    Oh no!!! poor Richella, Hope they win a lottery as they had saved 2 years for such a trip and can make the dream holiday again.

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