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Attend a Concorde gala dinner in Manchester

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Yesterday we told you about the new LEGO Concorde, which is being released to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the final commercial flight.

Reader Gareth, who works as a guide for the Concorde on display at the Runway Visitor Park in Manchester, dropped me a note about a gala dinner that is being held at the Concorde Conference Centre on Friday 27th October (the final BA flight was 24th October).

To quote:

“We would like to invite you to join us for a special exclusive Gala Dinner underneath the wings of the flagship G-BOAC to celebrate Concorde’s 20th Anniversary.

Guest speaker, former Concorde and Boeing 777 pilot John Tye, will be with us for the evening, and he will be sharing his unique memories and experiences with us.

We will also be joined by the world’s most travelled man and Concorde’s most frequent flyer Fred Finn.

Your evening will start with a drinks reception followed by a four-course meal, set under the wings of G-BOAC, live performances from the sensational soprano Gemma Ashley, and an opportunity to board the aircraft, along with a nostalgic nod of Concorde’s nose to end the evening.”

The cost is £90 per person, which seems exceptionally good value, although any drinks you have with your meal must be bought separately. Unfortunately, as it’s half term, Rhys and I will both be away and can’t attend.

You can see full details on this flyer. You can book here.

PS. In case you’re wondering, Fred Finn took 718 flights on Concorde and was on both the first and the last commercial flights.

Comments (15)

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  • TimM says:

    Thanks Rob, I am booked for the Concorde gala dinner.

  • Polly says:

    We get outsized value at the W on Sentosa every year. Luckily, have earned enough between us to get the 5 /4 deal there. Our marina balcony room was over 1K£ a night recently on our Nov dates. In that case, we would definitely buy points if we needed a top up. It’s a real treat for us, give us free breakfast (pricey) and evening lounge, as Golds.

  • Tariq says:

    Funny, I saw the flyer for this yesterday as I was on BOAC for the tour. Excellent value at £6 for the level of knowledge imparted.

  • Roger that says:

    In what way is G-BOAC deemed to be the ‘flagship’ other than being one of the six (?) in a series? It’s not the only survivor.

  • Colin_Thames says:

    If you want to see G-BOAC on her final resting place on telly, watch the first episode of Ultimate Wedding Planner. The competing wedding planners help set up a wedding for a couple under the same Concorde in Manchester.

  • Roger that says:

    Thanks, Alex and F.

    But otherwise virtually identical to G-BOAA, G-BOAB etc so not really the flagship, just the beneficiary of creative registration.

  • Kevin says:

    For those of us who are based in the UK, Marriot Bonvoy points is one of the few ways we can convert to American Airlines miles. I was glad of this recently in the US when I missed my original flight and saved myself a fortune by converting Bonvoy points to AA miles for an intra-US redemption.

    Anyone got any other tips for us Brits to get AA points? I have HSBC Premier card and Amex Platinum but they don’t convert to AA points as far as I know.

    • Yorkie Aid says:

      I’m probably being thick, but can’t you just book those AA flights with Avios via BA?

      • Rob says:

        AA has moved to revenue based redemptions now so, whilst some flights are still bookable via BA, there is a lot more choice via the AA website.

        Long haul, of course, the lack of surcharges on AA redemptions is a real winner. A one-way Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to the UK has taxes and charges of just £26 for example.

        • Will says:

          Just be careful adding a lap infant to an etihad AA redemption. I did one MLE-AUH and got charged 10% of the fully flex cash price of the ticket, something like £500 for the lap infant.

          Had booked one way out over Easter though so was grateful for any way back for sensible money.

  • Simon says:

    Kevin, try using Rocketmiles to book hotels using your AA number or shop through AA’s own shopping portal – you might need an, ahem, US address in your account for those miles to post…

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