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The couple who chose “wrong” Birmingham….



Posted on: 22 Aug 2016

Richella Heekin’s story of booking a dream trip to Heekin had saved for months to surprise her boyfriend, Ben Marlowe, with the birthday present of a trip to the Nevada gambling paradise. She was heartbroken when she learned that, instead of the BHX airport in Birmingham, England, she had booked the flight through the BHM airport in Birmingham, Alabama. 

The couple’s story, had a happy ending…along with a surprise detour through the Birmingham of the American South.

When the story went viral, Virgin Airlines CEO Richard Branson stepped up with free roundtrip airfare from Manchester to Las Vegas, along with a complimentary hotel stay. 

Not to be outdone and as a city known for it's true southern hospitality, Birmingham reacted quickly with a band of city boosters inviting the British/Irish couple---Heekin is Irish---to visit Birmingham, Alabama. They happily accepted and a generous donor stepped up to fly them from Las Vegas to their Southern destination for a two-day whirlwind tour August 16 and 17 giving them the chance to experience two amazing cities in one trip!

How they spent their two days in American South? Check it here.


Photo by Matt Glascock