Couple funds honey moon by 'rubbish hunting'
A couple spent three months hunting for more than 60,000 pieces for recycling in order to make air miles for their honeymoon.entertainment Updated: Oct 07, 2008 20:05 IST
Gathering “rubbish” may help you earn a beautiful honeymoon trip, for that is what happened with a couple who spent three months hunting for more than 60,000 pieces for recycling in order to make air miles for their honeymoon.
John and Ann Till trawled the streets near their home gathering cans, bottles and containers to put in the recycling centre at their local supermarket.
The couple had calculated that every four recycled items they posted into the machine, they would receive a reward point, which could be converted into air miles.
And thus clocking up the miles for their honeymoon, they finally gathered enough points to earn 36,000 miles, which they used to fly back from their trip to the US on business class.
Till, 31, a railways communications manager, revealed that the idea struck them when they spotted the recycling machine while buying petrol.
"We wanted to make our honeymoon special and were trying to think of ways to raise money for it," the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
"I saw on the machine that you got a Tesco club card point for every four items you put in. For every 250 club card points you get a 2.50 pounds voucher which equals 600 British Airways miles.
"We worked out that it would be possible to turn rubbish into our flights - as long as we had enough," he added.
Ann Till, 24, a merchant navy navigation officer, said: "Sometimes we were posting 600 items a time into the machine. We would be there for hours putting stuff through the slot.”
Till added: "I remember it was snowing one evening and it was freezing cold and there we were chucking stuff into the machine. It''s funny how you do get interested and excited about rubbish after a while.”
The couple had converted enough points by May and got married in August, and after that sailed to New York on the Queen Mary 2 and travelled to Denver, Colorado and Nashville, Tennessee before flying home from Atlanta.