Twenty six year-old Hannah Smith from Aberdeen had booked a holiday to the party town to celebrate being cancer-free, after falling ill with a rare malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor at the age of just 24. The rare illness, which saw Hannah undergo painful treatment for a year, left her with difficulties walking.
But she and her pals were astonished when they arrived at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 to find they had been upgraded to ‘First’ with all the perks that come with it, including free Champagne, flat bed suites and access to plush lounges.
A behind-the-scenes video, capturing Hannah’s story, is available to view at: www.ba.com/unforgettable.
After a luxurious First class flight, Hannah and her friends were whisked off to Las Vegas’ most iconic resort – Caesars Palace – where they were upgraded from their standard rooms to the Nobu Hotel’s glamorous Hakone Suite. The stunning suite in the luxurious boutique hotel within a hotel included a living area, its very own bar, two separate bedrooms fit for celebrities, and a sweeping panoramic view of Las Vegas Boulevard.
Hannah, said: “Being ill makes you realise that life is for living - and Las Vegas is certainly a place to feel alive!
Our trip turned from a holiday in to a something out of a Hollywood film, with limos, helicopters, a glamorous hotel suite, even a private breakfast for us with a local celebrity chef overlooking the Grand Canyon. It was more than I could ever have dreamed of, I’ll never forget it.”
Adam Daniels, British Airways’ chief commercial officer, said: “One of the nicest things about flying customers all over the world is having the opportunity to make their trip special.
“Hannah and the friends who supported her deserved a really memorable trip, and with our good friends in Las Vegas, we were able to create something really magical. In 2017 we’ll be creating even more unforgettable flights and holidays for all our customers all over the globe.”
British Airways is also inviting customers who have booked a trip with them in 2017 to email their stories in, in the hope of making another person’s trip #unforgettable.
Customers can visit www.ba.com/unforgettable to watch Hannah’s video and share their own story.
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The video can also be found on BA’s You Tube page: view here
During their trip to Las Vegas Hannah and her friends experienced the following:
- A stay in the Hakone Suite at Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace, with a complimentary limousine service
- Dinner in the private dining room at MR CHOW restaurant at Caesars Palace
- A flight with Maverick Helicopters over the Grand Canyon to the Valley of Fire
- A private cabin with an open bar on the High Roller, the world’s tallest observation wheel, at The LINQ Promenade
- A behind-the-scenes tour and performance at ‘Love’ by Cirque du Soleil
- A visit to the Neon museum
Follow in Hannah’s footsteps and travel to New York with British Airways / BA Holidays:
British Airways Unforgettable Sale launched on Tuesday, December 20 and runs until January 31, and includes discounts on flights and holidays to more than 100 destinations, including New York.
Customers can buy return flights in the sale until January 31 from Heathrow to Las Vegas, from £547 return.
British Airways Holidays offers five nights at the 5* Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace <http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/destinations/hotel-information/Las-Vegas/Nobu-Hotel/US-LAS-7856677>, from £1099 per person, travelling November 13 - December 13. Includes World Traveller return flights from London Heathrow and accommodation. Book by January 31. For reservations visit ba.com/lasvegas or call 0344 493 0122.
Visit http://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/destinations/las-vegas/holidays-in-las-vegas or call 0344 493 0122.
About the LVCVA:
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) is charged with marketing Southern Nevada as a tourism and convention destination worldwide, and also with operating the Las Vegas Convention Center and Cashman Center. With nearly 150,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas alone and more than 11 million square feet of meeting and exhibit space citywide, the LVCVA's mission centers on attracting ever increasing numbers of leisure and business visitors to the area. Download the virtual reality app, Vegas VR, to experience Las Vegas from your iPhone or Android by visiting http://www.vrtv.vegas/. For more information, go to www.lvcva.com or www.lasvegas.com.
Link for people to write in to British Airways with their story:
For more information about Hannah’s illness: https://sarcoma.org.uk/sarcoma-types/malignant-peripheral-nerve-sheath-tumour-mpnst
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