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Do Airlines "celebrate" Pax Birthdays?  
User currently offlinerobbie86 From Sweden, joined May 2006, 541 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14686 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?

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User currently offlineGingersnap From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2010, 896 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 14579 times:

I do know my mother was served a bottle of champagne by VS, due to it being her birthday.

That's the only example I do know of.

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User currently offlinetim171080 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 86 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14504 times:

Well i'd say it depends a lot on the frequent flyer status you have with that airline.
Statistically, there's a birthday passenger on every twin aisle aircraft. (~365 seats)

User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14489 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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User currently offline777STL From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 3713 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14440 times:

I've flown on my birthday plenty of times with several different airlines, including a few foreign ones. No one cared and I didn't care to tell them.

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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 14392 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

User currently offlineCX Flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6621 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14243 times:

Cathay gives a birthday card and gifts for the very special passengers as far as I know.

User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14240 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.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 2952 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 14213 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.

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User currently offlineCXfirst From Norway, joined Jan 2007, 3077 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13938 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.  


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User currently offlineGonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 1992 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13895 times:

I know this is not exactly what you are talking about, but LAN add 1.000 kmts. to my LANPASS account every birthday since I'm in the FF program, some 10 or 11 years ago...
Better than nothing !!  



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User currently offlineSRQKEF From Iceland, joined Jun 2011, 888 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 13859 times:

My dad and I flew RKV-AEY-RKV on NY (Air Iceland) on his birthday 2010. He got a extra free chocolate (there are usually 1 for each passenger, he got 2)  

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User currently offlineRedTailDTW From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 757 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 13644 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...

- Mason

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User currently offlinetimpdx From United States of America, joined Jul 2009, 572 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 13633 times:

Flown OZ and LH on my birthday, nothing, nada, not even when checking my passport at check-in (where the date is obvious).

User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26626 posts, RR: 75
Reply 14, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 13601 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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User currently offlineYULWinterSkies From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2183 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (3 years 1 week 4 days ago) and read 13534 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)

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User currently offlinenws2002 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 906 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13392 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.

User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10907 posts, RR: 37
Reply 17, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 13337 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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User currently offlinealoges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 18, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13322 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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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 802 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 13264 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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User currently offlinepliersinsight From United States of America, joined May 2008, 496 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12911 times:

I have been on several Southwest flights where somebody on board turned 100. It went something like this each time:

PA: Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Phoenix. We forgot to mention we have somebody aboard our flight today who turned 100.

(there is a pause in the announcement and passengers look around and say things like "ooohh wow")

PA: On behalf of Southwest and the flight attendants, we kindly ask that you wish our captain a happy birthday when you exit the aircraft at the gate.

(hilairty ensues)

I must admit, I still laugh at that one even after having heard it several times before.

User currently offlineScipio From Belgium, joined Oct 2007, 898 posts, RR: 10
Reply 21, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 12867 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...

User currently offlineDAL763ER From United States of America, joined Oct 2008, 546 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 12746 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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User currently offlinespacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3630 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 12709 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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User currently offlineplanejamie From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2011, 576 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (3 years 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 12536 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!

25 EA CO AS : AS sends electronic discount certificates to their FF customers on their birthdays.
26 planeguy727 : i flew on my birthday two weeks ago and not a mention by anyone (and I'm fine with that)
27 rfields5421 : I've found that most cabin crews on any airline are willing to do what they can to make a birthday special if someone tells them about it. Same as wit
28 Post contains links Viscount724 : In Switzerland the national railway has a Happy Birthday fare that permits unlimited travel anywhere in the country on your birthday for only 33 Swiss
29 ordjoe : Was flying CX first on my birthday. Yyz to HKG ( pure coincidence with a bachelor party, in all honesty best possible way to do a birthday) I am OW mi
30 joffie : Back in the days, I flew QF from SYD-MEL on the 743 and they took us to visit the pilots. Was nice - of course nothing like that happens!
31 Post contains images HKG212 : Two nice birthday incidents on Cathay in the past few years: 1. I was traveling HKG-DXB with a colleague who was a Diamond member of the Marco Polo C
32 incitatus : British Airways upgraded my aunt and her companion to premium economy last year GRU-LHR because it was her companion's birthday. They were on award se
33 777ord : When I turned 21, I was flying ORD-MCO for the next days MCO-MIA-SXM flights with my friends. I was carded, and it was announced over the PA that it w
34 aviateur : I was first officer on a flight to Europe not too long ago. Prior to landing, the purser asked if we could make an announcement congratulating so-and-
35 7478Contrails : Flying Spirit from FLL to NAS there was a little girl on board that was celebrating her birthday and the captain came on the PA system and sang Happy
36 triple7man : I think it depends on the airline. Also when I worked at AA I could document the OSI (Other Service Information) with "passenger travelling on birthda
37 mke717spotter : I'm flown on my birthday the past two years and I've never gotten anything.
38 T8KE0FF : My mom took me to Australia for my 13th birthday! We flew EK BHX-DXB-SYD. On the first leg, shortly after dinner had been served about 6 or 7 of the c
39 bwvilla : On my birthday a few years back I went to check in for an LH CGN-LHR flight home, but they told me the flight was overbooked and that I'd been bumped.
40 AirPacific747 : I flew with Air Canada from Vancouver to Maui on my 18 year old birthday.. no celebration by the airline, and not mentioned by anyone I remember as a
41 bennett123 : No cakes on U2. However, the pilot did make an announcement that "so and so" was 10 on Tuesday. Everyobe clapped.
42 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I have an upcoming birthday trip to Dubai. Wanted to do the First to Fly the 787 to HKG as it will fly on that day but to no avail so I set off to som
43 Stratofish : I flew on a 2 leg LH flight on my 30th birthday, and it wasn't even mentioned by anyone, not even the friendly lady that booked me on an earlier fligh
44 type-rated : Not quite a birthday but when my sister got married and flew UA to Hawaii I found out that you could preorder a bottle of champagne for the couple. I
45 JJJ : AF upgraded us both legs on our honeymoon trip (BCN-CDG-SEA). I'm just a Gold FB holder, and there were several others on the flight. Every FA seemed
46 type-rated : I wasn't happy with the way UA handled that. When I ordered it, the res agent said it would be served to the couple with their dinner and a congratula
47 infinit : Travelled SIN-DPS on SQ last year on my birthday. I received a nice chocolate cake from two SQ boys and a SQ girl and champagne. It was really nice of
48 DeltAirlines : The staff at the Delta SkyClub in Los Angeles sends some of their regular visitors a birthday card each year, signed by the Angels there. Got mine las
49 Post contains links joelyboy911 : There was an advertisement for Cathay on BBC World News where the passenger was given a birthday card by a flight attendant, and "Happy Birthday : )"
50 woodsboy : I read this post and thought..."God, I hope not", but then remember specifically on a SW flight years ago between PHX and IAH there was some big deal
51 tothestars : At TWA our "SPIL" special passenger information list would list things like special meals requested, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. The ground staff w
52 Post contains links Initious : AirAsia sang me a birthday song and gave me a birthday card signed by the crew on my birthday this year - Flying On My Birthday - The Triangle In SEA
53 shnoob940 : I have had a few flights with Virgin Blue (Australia) and each time one of the FA's came over the PA and announced that it was so and so's birthday, a
54 Lucce : I've flown twice on my birthday and neither of those times did the airline do anything. However, AY used to send me a Christmas present every year whe
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