Airlines & Hotels Got Me These Birthday Presents: Elite Nights, Mile Offers & Food

Back in the day when I first got into this hobby (and when airlines and hotels worked really hard to build brand loyalty), I received some awesome birthday presents! We’re talking free nights, 500-1,000 miles, upgrade certificates, and 50% off coupon codes for future bookings. Not that I think any of those were required, but they certainly sparked a feeling of loyalty with the brand and likely resulted in spending some money.

These days, many airlines and hotels simple send a greeting, though a few offer small perks. Here’s a rundown of this year’s birthday gifts:

Marriott: Free elite night credit, redeemable anytime before your next birthday (so really, you pick the membership year to apply it in)!


Hawaiian: 500 Hawaiian Miles per night when booking a flight + vacation package. This one is pretty sad when you consider that if you are truly interested in earning HawaiianMiles for your stay, you could earn quite a bit more when using a booking site like Rocketmiles.


Southwest: An interactive piñata


jetBlue: A birthday greeting


Miles & More: Another hotel booking offer that I won’t use – 1,000 award bonus miles on top of the normal 1,000 points per night when booking hotels through Miles & More


Subway: A free cookie in the next 28 days


Fridays: A free dessert when you purchase an entree. I haven’t been to a Fridays in about a decade, but didn’t a free dessert usually come with the singing waiters?


Coke: 20% off a personalized bottle or gift


Citibank: A birthday greeting


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