Couple plans Las Vegas trip — but book flights from wrong Birmingham

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(CNN)–A British couple set off on a dream vacation to Las Vegas — only to discover they’d booked flights from Birmingham, Alabama, rather than Birmingham, UK.

Richella Heakin, 26, from the Birmingham suburb of Sutton Coldfield, saved for two years to get together $1,750 for the trip as a surprise 30th birthday present for her boyfriend Ben Marlow, the BBC has reported.
But when they found the check-in desks at the UK airport closed, staff explained to them that the BHM airport code on their tickets meant Alabama — rather the English city’s BHX code.
The couple had planned to fly from the UK Birmingham to Dallas, Texas and then on to Nevada’s Sin City.
Heakin told the BBC that the error occurred after doing “a lot of clicking” on booking site lastminute.com.
(Photo: CNN)
(Photo: CNN)

 

Although the couple were unable to get a refund, they bought late flights to Amsterdam instead.

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