27 February, 2023

British Airways Holidays and Universal Orlando Resort have teamed up with ITV's Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

British Airways Holidays and Universal Orlando Resort have teamed up to offer the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando for the ‘Place on the Plane’ prize winners of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The lucky prize winners will secure a seat on an exclusively chartered flight thanks to British Airways Holidays and will stay six nights at the surf-themed Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites in spacious two-bedroom suites that sleep up to six. Winners will also receive park-to-park access to all three Universal Orlando Resort theme parks; Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park.

In addition, prize winners will be invited to an exclusive winners’ event at Universal’s Volcano Bay and tickets to the finale of Saturday Night Takeaway, live from Universal’s Islands of Adventure on 8th April, meaning guests will be treated like true VIPs.

With places so highly sought after on the flight, even Stephen Mulhern couldn’t secure a seat and had to think of creative ways to bag a place on the plane. Mulhern devised a plan to train as one of British Airways’ highly skilled cabin crew. He was put through his paces by expert customer service trainers, which was harder than expected. 

Stephen Mulhern, presenter, said: “British Airways’ cabin crew go through rigorous training to ensure they deliver exceptional service for passengers. It is fair to say I just didn't quite cut it, but it was great to spend a day with the team and learn more about how they keep customers safe while delivering excellent customer service. I'll just have to beg Ant and Dec for a space!”

Claire Bentley, British Airways Holidays Managing Director, said: “We are so excited to team up with ITV for Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway with one of our key partners Universal Orlando Resort to offer a truly memorable experience. Orlando is one of the most magical places with something to offer everyone, so to mark this partnership and help families plan ahead, we have now put holidays to Orlando on sale for travel up to January 2025. Thanks to our low deposit options, customers can secure their holiday from as little as £60 per person, paying in as many desired instalments up to seven weeks before departure.”

Alison Montague, Vice President & Managing Director, Sales and Marketing, Universal Parks & Resorts, EMEA, commented: “Saturday Night Takeaway brings a fun-filled celebration across TV screens for seven weeks and as we at Universal Orlando Resort are all about fun, we can’t wait to bring all our latest attractions, shows, characters and hotels to life for the viewing public… and in partnering with British Airways Holidays,  we can  offer those at home a chance to win a real money can’t buy ‘Place on the Plane’ for the trip of a lifetime, and secure their seats at the live finale in the heart of our incredible destination. Viewers will have to keep watching to find out more!”

British Airways Holidays offers over 80 accommodation options in Orlando, comprising of hotels and villas, including eight Universal Orlando Resort properties. Customers booking with British Airways Holidays have the choice of up to 13 flights a week to the sunshine state. For those travellers looking to explore further afield, customers can book exclusive car hire through British Airways Holidays with Avis or Budget.

*British Airways Holidays offers seven nights, at the 3 Star Universal's Endless Summer Resort -Dockside Inn and Suites or Universal’s Endless Summer Resort - Surfside Inn and Suites, from £679pp, travelling on selected dates between 1 January - 31 January 2024 inclusive. Includes economy (World Traveller) return flights from London Gatwick Airport, 23kg luggage allowance and accommodation. Book by 17 April 2023. For reservations visit https://www.britishairways.com/universal

British Airways Holidays is one of the UK’s leading, largest, and most trusted UK holiday companies. It prides itself on providing great value holidays, with the quality expected from British Airways. Customers benefit from low deposits, flexible payments, 24/7 hotline support in resort, generous 23kg baggage allowance per passenger, as well as the ability to earn extra loyalty points through British Airways’ Executive Club programme. British Airways global network puts the British Airways Holidays in a unique position to offer convenient flights and secure great deals to the most amazing destinations.

Universal Orlando is home to three epic theme parks that feature some of the world’s most exciting and innovative experiences, including Universal’s Islands of Adventure – named the #1 Amusement Park in the World for five years in a row by TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice; Universal Studios Florida – home to the most technologically-advanced stunt show yet, The Bourne Stuntacular; and Universal’s Volcano Bay - a tropical oasis like no other that features an actual beach right in the middle of Orlando. Universal Orlando’s hotels are destinations unto themselves and include the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal’s Aventura Hotel and Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites & Dockside Inn and Suites. And Universal’s entertainment complex, Universal CityWalk, offers immersive dining and entertainment for every member of the family.