JohnnyJet reminds that some airlines will provide you with special treats just for letting them know that it’s your birthday.
For instance SkyTeam and Delta partner Korean Air will give you a complimentary cake on board to commemorate special occasions. This is available only on flights departing from South Korea and they will only give you cake on one segment of a trip, don’t expect to book a roundtrip connecting through Seoul and have cake both ways!
Cakes for birthdays or honeymoons are offered to flights departing from Korea and will be provided during only one segment of an entire trip.
Korean Air isn’t the only airline that will do this. For instance,
- Cathay Pacific offers birthday cake for HKD300 (~ US$38).
- Emirates will let you special order a birthday cake as long as you do it at least 48 hours prior to flight. This used to be free but as of a couple of years ago I believe they charge $30.
- Singapore Airlines offers inflight birthday cake if requested in advance, though this isn’t a published perk.
I’m not sure I’d spend money to order a birthday cake for myself. However it’s a really nice treat to surprise someone else with that’s not expecting it. After all, though you do give an airline your date of birth, who expects them to pay attention to it?
Indeed I’ve never done this for myself, I’ve never been delivered a birthday cake by a hotel on my birthday either. However I was oddly recognized at the W Doha and at the St. Regis Abu Dhabi, the latter even involved (quite delicious) cake.