A Pilot and a Priest Ascend to Heaven. You’ll Never Believe What Happened Next!

Pilot and priest joke.

A priest dies and is waiting in line at the Pearly Gates. Ahead of him is a guy who’s dressed in sunglasses, a loud shirt, leather jacket, and jeans.

Saint Peter addresses this cool guy, ‘Who are you, so that I may know whether or not to admit you to the Kingdom of Heaven ? ‘

The guy replies, ‘I’m Jack, retired airline pilot from Houston .’

Saint Peter consults his list. He smiles and says to the pilot, ‘Take this silken robe and golden staff and enter the Kingdom.’ The pilot goes into Heaven with his robe and staff.

Next, it’s the priest’s turn. He stands erect and booms out, ‘I am Father Bob, pastor of Saint Mary’s for the last 43 years.’

Saint Peter consults his list. He says to the priest, ‘Take this cotton robe and wooden staff and enter the Kingdom.

‘Just a minute,’ says the good father. ‘That man was a pilot and he gets a silken robe and golden staff and I get only cotton and wood. How can this be?

‘Up here – we go by results,’ says Saint Peter. ‘When you preached – people slept. When he flew, people prayed.’

Hope that added a (modest) smile to a Saturday afternoon.

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  1. @R – I think that’s the wrong link again?

    I shared what IHG specifically told me about the reward nights, but I’m happy to look at what someone else says and share what I think and if appropriate get clarification from IHG on it.


  2. @R – so the question here is, “are the award nights capacity controlled” with a different more limited availability than credit card award nights? I can check into that.

  3. Gary,

    Precisely. Because that may limit the utility of the promo. Looking at the comments on the original post, it appears that when IHG ran a similar promotion in China, folks had difficulty utilizing it at more aspirational properties.

    Thanks for checking!

  4. re IHG Gary: yeah, Jeff over at LL seems to have good contacts at IHG. net net, these free nights could be difficult to redeem and IHG is refusing to give any real info beyond the fact that there is capacity control. i imagine desirable hotels will set the # quite low and redeeming will be a nightmare. their China promo had them last year and it was difficult and that was not programme-wide like this. 2,3,4 night offers and everyone will be after a small group of hotels. IHG knows this, obviously. given the lack of elite treatment, and recent closing accounts for bogus reasons, doesn’t surprise that they will have upset ‘winners’ come next year and that they really won’t care…

  5. Socially incorrect but funny. The following that is:

    An Englishman, Frenchman, Mexican, and Texan were flying across country on a small plane when the pilot comes on the loud speaker and says ” We’re having mechanical problems and the only way we can make it to the next airport is for 3 of you to open the door and jump, at least one of you can survive” The four open the door and look out below. The Englishman takes a deep breath and hollers “God Save The Queen” and jumps. The Frenchman gets really inspired and hollers “Viva La France” and he also jumps. This really pumps up the Texan so he hollers “Remember the Alamo”, grabs the Mexican and throws him out of the plane.

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