Love is in the air: 6 romance success stories from TPG UK readers
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Friday is Valentine’s Day — the most romantic day of the year. At 30,000 feet, emotions can run high, drinks are consumed and people get chatting.
So to celebrate 14 February, we thought we’d reach out to our new TPG U.K. Facebook Lounge members to find out how their passion for travel, aviation or points and miles in some way helped their love life flourish. Without further “I do”, these are six of our favourite stories.
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Nathalie and Gregory
These two lovebirds met when Nathalie was Emirates cabin crew and Gregory was a passenger (and brother to Nathalie’s friend, who was also cabin crew, but neither of them knew it). But it was “love at first sight”. They now have two teenage daughters.
“While I was crew for Emirates in the late ’90s my brother came to visit me in Dubai and on his flight back home to France, he met of one my crew colleagues Nathalie”, Gregory’s sister Cecile told us. “They fell in love at first sight and didn’t stop talking the whole flight. They started a long-distance relationship, but in the end she resigned to marry him”.
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Cecile and Laurence
Unwitting matchmaker Cecile, mentioned above, has her own story, too. She is from Monaco and her husband from Scotland, and they had a wedding spanning two countries, on two continents and it was the airline that upped its romantic game to ensure that the couple’s flight was that extra bit special.
“I met my Scottish husband in Monaco (my home town), but I planned my wedding church ceremony in Marrakesh (just to spice things up for the Scots)”, Cecile told us. “The Scots had to fly first to Nice for the civil ceremony and then 25-plus French and Scottish family and friends flew from Nice to Marrakesh on a normal scheduled Royal Air Maroc flight, which was almost like having a private plane chartered. The ground crew were so nice they surprised us with a special check-in counter in Nice airport just for us, showing ‘Hodgens wedding’ on the screen. Best flight ever!”
James and Jarenton
Thanks to points and miles and knowing all the tips and tricks, it makes it possible to get to destinations across the globe that we might never have thought been possible before. Enter James. He is a fine example of how making the most of a points and miles promo enabled him to visit a new country in the Caribbean, and in turn, find the love of his life.
“I got nine €23 flights and that was me to Havana in business class with 90,000 Avios”, James said “I met Jarenton on my first night there. We’ll get married later this year! Best Avios hack ever! The Iberia Avios super promo as highlighted by you guys!”
Josh and Tessa
Common interests are often something we look for in a partner, and it was a shared love for travel that bound our next pair of lovers. Having known each other for years and both originally from Canberra, Australia, a long-distance relationship developed between Josh and Tessa over time through social media and resulted in a proposal.
“I fell into a long-distance relationship, which grew and developed, then I decided to use 150,000 miles to fly from Australia to London to kiss her for the first time”, Josh said. “I got upgraded to business in both directions on Etihad for the 14-hour AUH-SYD leg. We then moved to London six months later, got engaged a few months after that, started our own little travel business together called Conscious Travel Community and we are set to get married in Capri in May this year! Bit of a fairytale!”
Carly and Sam
Our next pair of plane-crossed lovers were able to maintain a relationship thanks to Carly’s job in the aviation industry. Her passion for aviation meant that she had a job working for an airline, and was able to use perks to be able to hop easily back and forth across the Atlantic.
“My husband and I met here in London while I was visiting from Dallas, Texas”, Carly said. “I work for the airlines and used my flight benefits to take a solo weekend trip. We went on to fly back and forth once a month while dating and have now been married over a year. I emigrated over after we married and now we both live and work in London, me still for the airlines”.
Kasia and Oskar
This love story is ultimate cabin crew goals — they met at Kasia’s first week of work in Poland and everything was great until their jobs meant that they had to live apart in different countries. But once again, thanks to the perks of working in the industry, they were able to make the long-distance work out — and they’re now engaged.
“I met the man of my dreams on my first week of work as a flight attendant”, Kasia said. “We were based together in Poznan (POZ) for one-and-a-half years, and after our company announced that they were closing our base, I was relocated to Luton (LTN). We spent six months commuting to each other as he had to stay longer in Poznan. Now we’re both based in Luton. Whenever we’re off, we’re travelling like crazy using either our staff benefits or Amex Membership Rewards. We also recently got engaged and will be getting married in September 2021!”
Aviation is amazing. Other than the fact we can travel to the other side of the world in a matter of hours, not days, it’s also a beautiful way of bringing people together. Whether it’s making friends with your seatmate, going to visit a long lost relative or meeting the love of your life on a once-in-a-lifetime trip, aviation love stories are a firm favourite here at TPG U.K.
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