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Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 9:51 pm


I know this is a pretty lame question but I am still curious if airlines usually treat a passenger better when they are flying on their birthdays.
My main reason why I am asking this is because I am thinking about doing exactly that. It would be with AF to the US.
I am also a Sky Team Elite member and was wondering if that will help a bit.
Feel free to share your experiences!

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 9:54 pm


I got upgraded to Business on my birthday once. But I was flying Non-rev. So this doesn't really count. But the wanted me up there even if there was space in economy. It was on a SK flight from CPH - ORD.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 9:56 pm

Though having flown on my birthday before(a spotting trip to FRA in Feb! - cold!),I was booked in Club for both segments so no chance of an upgrade,however I doubt they would give any special treatment,especially if you look at large carriers(AF,BA,LH etc)and the huge number of daily pax.

I understand those on a honeymoon(to/from) generally get looked after where possible.


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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:21 pm

I got a "happy birthday" from the passport inspector.  Big grin

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:28 pm

On my 21st B-Day, i flew a very thin route between MWH-EAT and had the Metro3 all to myself. The best B-Day present i ever had. Robert NWDC10
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:29 pm

On my 21st bday I flew MSY-SLC-LAS on Delta. My friend informed the flight attendant and I got a free beer.That was nice of her.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 10:49 pm

Oh good so there is some hope.
 Big grin

Maybe I'll get a glass of the better champagne from up front.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sat Sep 11, 2004 11:06 pm

I flew from ORD to LGA with UA and all I got was a 3.5 hour delay!  Crying

I doubt you can expect anything. However, I phoned up for a friend who was flying with CX on her birthday. She got upgraded anyway due to a mixup, but they presented her with a bottle of champagne, flowers and a birthday cake! How sweet? Way to go CX!

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:02 am

I can second that Cathay experience. Try getting elite status on their Marco Polo Club, and fly out of Manila - don't know how typical this experience is, but my flight with them on my birthday just last year was so unforgettable it could be a dream. I didn't think such things happened these days ...

First surprise: almost every ground agent in Manila seemed to know it was my birthday and were wishing me happy birthday almost right up to aircraft door. I had been upgraded from Business Class to First at check-in, and on boarding the B747-400 for the 2-hour flight to Hong Kong, I was welcomed with a "birthday champagne" by the senior purser herself.
All three cabin attendants in F Class - very sweet girls from the Philippines, Korea and Hong Kong - took turns to wish me well at seat 2A. One gave me my menu, in which there was a hand-written message inside: "Happy Birthday Mr Lee". Very nice touch.
But the best was yet to come. After the meal - always exquisite in F on Cathay - we were already descending towards Chep Lap Kok when the senior purser came over to my seat with a wrapped present (turned out to be a box of Cathay's premium chocolates) on which was placed a white envelope with three red "kiss" lipstick imprints.
Inside was a plain card with a Cathay logo with the hand written message "Dear Mr Lee, Happy Birthday, From the CX Crew of CX906"
Not only that, it was also individually signed by nine crew with personal notes in English, Chinese, Korean and Japanese. "It's your day and do enjoy, Youngmi", and "Have a wonderful day and enjoy 1st class, Jenny" were just two of the messages.

It was undoubtedly Cathay at its best. Short of the captain making an announcement on the pa system, a birthday boy could hardly ask for anything more!

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 1:11 am

On my last flight from AMM-DOH with RJ two newlyweds had a congratulations announced on the PA system, and I think they got an upgrade, but not sure.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 2:14 am

I flew B6 on my birthday (its today actually) and it was on their inaugeral flight to BTV so they had cake and stuff there anyway so it was pretty cool.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 2:21 am

Happy b-day Nyc! Big grin

I got to go to Chicago for my 6th birthday & because there was some kind of sale going on on both airlines, we flew CMH-MDW with HP going up (733) & WN coming back (73S)...only time I've been on either of those airlines. I got the typical stuff a kid would get on his birthday...HP gave me a coloring book & about 10 pairs of wings. I went to the cockpit on the WN flight back- my mom mentioned to the captain on that 737-200 that it was my birthday & he gave me a "happy birthday" over the PA during the flight during the standard announcements. I also got a coloring book & some stuff with them.

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:07 am


On January 3 2002 they bumped me off of my flight on my b-day but i got to stay at a really nice hotel $700.00 and first class.... but on January 3 2002 i got treated to the first renvue service of the CO 753 EWR-FLL and got a special packet.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:11 am

If you ever plan to fly on your birthday within Japan on a Domestic Flight, than ANA can offer you a special birthday fare!, which is quite a good one!

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:35 am

In 1996 on BY we flew on my mothers birthday and I remember they gave us a cake, although I think my dad ordered it! Still funny to see it coming down the isle  Laugh out loud

Oh and of course at the time it was presented, everyone cheered and clapped etc... It was certainly funny.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:49 am

Happy birthday NYC. I only flew once on my birthday, and it was last year. I was flying to Vegas for business (not kidding) though I ended up winning close to a thousand dollars (very cool). I checked in at the kiosk so no CSA treatment, but the person at the gate with the boarding passes was checking ID that day and said happy birthday, along with the lady who checks the boarding passes before security. The hotel, however, noticed and gave me expidited check in (was not my player's card hotel)
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 3:59 am

Happy B-Day, NYC!  Laugh out loud

United didn't even know it was my b-day, but when I flew on my b-day this year, I got pretty lucky!

Originally, I was scheduled to fly July 3rd (my 31st) on UA 916, IAD-FRA on a 777. Well, it was upgraded to a 744 which I had never flown on, so that was a nice treat. When I got to the gate (C1) I asked for a window seat, as I originally had 34C. That request was granted, and it turned out my new seat, 37A, was in Economy Plus! That was also a present of sorts, as I was supposed to be in reg. Y class. Finally, there was a piece of spice cake (a favorite of mine) with my meal. On top of all that, there was a gorgeous (female) flight attendant working my section, so I had some great eye candy to enjoy as well. Probably my best ever flight on UA.

Without even knowing it, United Airlines gave me one of the best birthdays ever....I'll never forget it! Thanks UA!!!!

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:00 am

I took my gf to Paris for the day on her 19th birthday back in February, the outbound flight was full, but the inbound flight later that evening we were both bumped up to club europe on BA

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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:05 am

Some girls at work are flying LHR-EWR with CO and one of them is celebrating her birthday, so they e-mailed CO and they have upgraded them and giving her a birthday cake, executive lounge and champagne. Not bad!!
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:13 am

I got birthday wishes from two FA's. One of them with a smile.
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:21 am

I flew on my birthday from AMS to JFK on a KLM 747 back in the 1970s. The flight attendent granted my request for a visit to the flight deck. Better yet, because of the time zones, I got an extra 5 hours to celebrate my birthday!  Smile
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RE: Flying On Your Birthday

Sun Sep 12, 2004 4:50 am

Even though it's a cheesy auto-generated PR move, I like the cards that southwest sends out on your b'day... it's kinda nice. Would be nicer if they popped a few free drink coupons in there!

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