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This year is the 70th anniversary of Heathrow Airport in its various passenger airport guises.  To celebrate, the airport is running a competition throughout the summer to encourage you to submit your ‘Heathrow story’.

I initially dismissed this when I first saw it advertised, mainly because I assumed the winners would need to produce nauseous stories of how they met their significant other when they ran into them whilst storming out of the Terminal 1 Servisair lounge in disgust.  However, comments on HfP from harry last week persuaded me to take another look.

Heathrow 70

(No offence meant if you did meet your SO in the Terminal 1 Servisair lounge.  I met my wife on a flight from Dublin to Luton.)

The competition runs for 14 weeks but is split into seven two-week periods.  There are roughly 1,000 prizes on offer for every two week period.

It is fair to say that the majority of these are low value prizes (notebooks and luggage tags) but at the top end it is much better.

We are currently in Period 3 which ends on 12th July.  The four top prizes in this period are four pairs of economy tickets to Sydney, albeit on fixed dates in 2017.

You can resubmit your story for the next fortnightly competition if it doesn’t win.  To be honest, I’m not sure they will get anywhere near 1,000 entries every fortnight so your odds of getting something are good.

A couple of key rules jumped out.  First, you cannot submit a photograph if you haven’t got the consent of people in it.  This means that, even if you did meet Jamie Cullum in a Heathrow lift and he later recognised you when you met him at one of his concerts (as happened to my wife a few months ago) you can’t enter a photo of it as you don’t have Jamie’s permission.

Secondly, your story needs to score highly on the following criteria:

Quality of story;
How the story shows personal progression/ development as a result of your Heathrow experience;
If the story includes Heathrow as catalyst for change; and
How heart-warming their story is

Of course, if they don’t get 1,000 entries in any fortnight, your story of how you got food poisoning in the lounge and spent your flight locked in the loo will still get you a prize!  (If Cairo Airport ever runs a similar competition, I’ll be submitting that story.)

Do let us know if you win.  I am pretty sure that HfP readers will scoop up a fair percentage of the prizes in the current period.

Comments (40)

  • Fenny says:

    I can’t think of any exciting story about travelling through LHR. Unless you count sleeping in the bus station overnight having arrived off a delayed flight from Oslo, the very first time I flew and came home by myself.

    Or possibly the first time I saw openly armed police on British soil when we went to pick up some Norwegians.

    I have better stories about lost luggage and delays in foreign airports.

    • Ben E says:

      Get creative then… some spy-style John Le Carre prose?

  • Volker says:

    I first met my OH at T5 arrivals indeed! For my first birthday after that, among many other nice presents, she gave me a (track and trace) luggage tag which only broke during a flight two weeks ago. Would I want to share how we ended up at the T4 Hilton the very same day we first met, just to get a new luggage tag? I don’t think so 😀

  • Mark Priest says:

    Hi Raffles.

    I’ll stump up a £500 voucher to spend on Fireworks for this November including free delivery to anywhere in the UK.

    I’m only doing it so I can read all the horror stories!

    • Rob says:

      Not sure that’s a totally suitable prize Mark but I appreciate the thought!

  • David says:

    I don’t think you can re-enter in a following promotion phase as is written in this article. The T&Cs state only one entry per person is permitted for the promotion period, stated in point 11 and defined in point 3. I was going to wait for a later phase for this reason. The T&Cs are not 100% clear because the phases are themselves described as “promotional periods” in point 3, but it is my interpretation that they do intend one entry per person for the entire promotion.

  • Alex W says:

    I love the way Raffles has used this story to post his own anecdotes!

  • barney says:

    “This Promotion is open to all legal residents of the United Kingdom ”
    Well, this is f****d up. As one of the largest international airports, it excludes most of its customers from this competition. Thanks!

    • Fenny says:

      Life sucks. There are all kinds of USian competitions I’d really like to enter, but they are restricted to those resident in the US.

  • Sue says:

    I won a notebook! Still not arrived though 🙁

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