robbie86 From Sweden, joined May 2006, 553 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 9 months 2 weeks ago) and read 17177 times:
Me and a friend had a minor discussion a few days ago regarding if the airline would celebrate you or not if you are flying on your birthday. He told me that his father got a cake from SK and another friend got champagne served by LH.
My question is, do airlines usually "celebrate" passengers who are flying on their birthday?
BAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 16981 times:
Quoting robbie86 (Thread starter): My question is, do airlines usually "celebrate" passengers who are flying on their birthday?
From reading trip reports it appears that some do (I've read of people being given birthday cakes, cards signed by the crew etc.), although whether that is done as a matter of course or only if prompted by someone travelling with the person whose birthday it is I guess is another question. I know that I have taken my Mother on a couple of trips on her birthday and nothing was done for her - maybe I should have been a better son and made the fact that it was her birthday known to the crew!
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Reply 5, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 16884 times:
Quoting BAViscount (Reply 3): maybe I should have been a better son and made the fact that it was her birthday known to the crew!
Some airlines will make arrangements to celebrate if you let them know ahead of travel, either at the time of booking or at least a couple of days before hand. Otherwise it is up to the crew if they spontaneously do something with whatever they have on hand.
A few years ago, my mother was travelling on SQ with a friend and as the "Singapore Girl" noticed that they seemed to be having fun she made a comment in jest that "we have just married". From then on they were showered with champagne and cognac. No wedding cake though. LOL
JL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16733 times:
I've witnessed a passenger being given two small bottles of champers on Lufthansa Italia but when I flew them on my birthday last year I didn't get anything extra, not even a refill of apple juice! So, I guess it's up to the crew.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3164 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 16705 times:
I was on an Asiana flight SEA-ICN last year where the FAs all dressed up in masks/costumes and wished everyone on the flight with a birthday that week well. They probably made 6-8 stops through the cabin. We were about an hour out of ICN stilll, I think it also might have been an attempt to wake everyone up.
CXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3193 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 16431 times:
I've seen cake been given, but it is if traveling party requests it in advance (and I guess some airlines would do it, others not). Although, I've only seen cake on long-haul, but then again, most of my travel is long-haul.
This year actually I was flying on my birthday. I tend not to make a fuss, but funny thing was that two rows ahead of me, a passenger received cake from the crew. I'll admit I was a bit jealous, seeing as that cake should have been mine as well.
RedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 762 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16137 times:
Actually, the last time I flew Southwest was the day I turned 21 on my way to LAS. While we were taxiing to the runway, the FA's had all the pax put their window shades down and turn on their flight attendant call buttons. The plane sang happy birthday to me and they gave me a couple free alcoholic drink coupons.
Turns out my dad had told them it was my bday of course, but a very nice touch and something I will always remember from WN. Too bad I didn't know so I couldn't record it...
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27801 posts, RR: 74
Reply 14, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16093 times:
I think they generally do something if they know ahead of time.
Quoting tim171080 (Reply 2): Statistically, there's a birthday passenger on every twin aisle aircraft. (~365 seats)
Most twin aisle aircraft don't have so many seats
Quoting Quokka (Reply 5): A few years ago, my mother was travelling on SQ with a friend and as the "Singapore Girl" noticed that they seemed to be having fun she made a comment in jest that "we have just married". From then on they were showered with champagne and cognac. No wedding cake though. LOL
I think this is pretty common.
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YULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2220 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 16026 times:
Only flew once on my birthday, and that was two NW RJ flights. Nothing special happened to me.
Oh wait, no, both flights were delayed... (this is how I got my second flight actually and did not get stuck in MSP for my birthday)
nws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1022 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 15884 times:
If it is mentioned, I will usually give the pax a free drink. That's about it at CO, but I assume they receive an email or a card in the mail if they are a OnePass/Mileage Rewards member. I know I receive a card every year in the mail from WN.
MadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 11113 posts, RR: 35
Reply 17, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 15830 times:
I had it happening twice with Singapore Airlines. One was on the A380 inaugural return flight Sydney-Singapore and the following year also on the A380 inaugural's first anniversary flight. The cakes were big and delicious - chocolate both times - there was singing and drinks and I shared the cake with all those around me.
Other airlines used to do it too. I remember it once on an Air France flight I had a birthday cake but that was very long ago. Not sure if they do this anymore.
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aloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 9067 posts, RR: 41
Reply 18, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15814 times:
I flew LH from MUC to ORD on my birthday earlier this year. When I let the F/A serving the first round of drinks know it was my birthday, he asked his coworker to get a bottle of champagne (of which I got a glass, half of which later on ended up in my lap due to my own stupidity) and a small box of Lindt truffles for me.
Since it had been quite a day due to different events, that was truly a perfect moment.
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EIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 1009 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 15757 times:
I flew SQ SIN-SYD in my birthday and upon presenting my boarding pass at boarding I was wished a happy birthday. Midway through the flight I was presented with a birthday cake and champagne by 3 Singapore girls. Was a really lovel touch I thought
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Scipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 1088 posts, RR: 11
Reply 21, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 15359 times:
I had a 30-hour long 30th birthday, starting out in Europe and ending in the US. I flew United across the Atlantic. I was traveling alone and had not mentioned to anyone that it was my birthday. Nonetheless, the cabin crew came up to me, wished me a happy birthday and gave me a bottle of Dom Perignon to take home, in addition to generously pouring the stuff all along. No songs or cakes, though...
Admittedly, I was flying First Class, had a Star Alliance Gold card, and this was in the good old times when United was still serving Dom Perignon in First Class.
Presumably, the check-in staff had alerted the cabin crew, or the cabin crew were alerted of my birthday through some Star Alliance database...
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Reply 22, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15238 times:
I once flew DL on an eastbound TATL the day before my birthday (getting to Europe on my birthday). The man at the check-in desk wished me "Happy Birthday for tomorrow" but I didn't get anything from the crew or such. Still, it felt good
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spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3885 posts, RR: 11
Reply 23, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15201 times:
When I was a kid, I remember one birthday where three of the flight attendants got together and sang happy birthday to me in flight. They also gave me a bunch of little gifts, like pilot wings, a little plane toy, and other small things. I am guessing this was prompted by my parents, but they never told me anything about it before or after. I don't remember getting a cake, though, but maybe I did get a cupcake or something.
I've flown on my birthday a couple other times and I remember getting pilot wings once or twice in addition to that first one. I never had a big celebration other than that one, though (probably because I was older and my parents didn't say anything in advance).
Incidentally, the first time I got pilot wings, they were really nice, metal ones just like the pilots wear. The last time I got them, they were cheap plastic.
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planejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 9 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 15029 times:
My mum on AF got a "happy birthday" at CDG when boarding a flight to MAN, when the gate agent checked her passport, but other than that, I can't think of any other times I've heard of a celebration on board a flight!
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