Some Birthday Surprises from Loyalty Programs

I’m entering the first year of my “late twenties” next week, and gifts are already starting to flood in from the people I tend to spend the most time with – loyalty programs, of course. Aside from my annual free Sephora VIB beauty gift and my free Victoria’s Secret birthday coupons that I look forward to receiving each year, I’m noticing that many travel programs are also offering a small birthday token.

Here’s the line up so far:

  • JetBlue: If you are signed up for TrueBlue Badges and fly JetBlue during your birthday month, you’ll unwrap 500 points by earning your birthday badge.
  • Hertz: Happy birthday from Hertz! In honor of your special day, we’re giving you 250 Hertz Gold Plus Rewards® bonus points on your next rental before 04/30/2014.
  • Kimpton: Enjoy 20% off our daily rate. Stay with us Thurs – Sun during your birthday month, enjoy 2 glasses of bubbly + dessert, and a special surprise gift from us.
  • IHG: Earn 5,000 extra bonus points after your next weekend stay within the next 90 days.
  • Southwest: 500 bonus points and a 20% discount redemption code.

Out of the 5 gifts I received, I am most excited about the 20% discount redemption code from Southwest (especially after the 15% devaluation, I’ll still make out ahead of the old rates).

What gifts have you received from airline and hotel loyalty programs in the past? Any super cool surprises?


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  1. RMF325 says

    My birthday was last month; I got squat from the loyalty programs (other than Sephora and VS). Of the travel programs you named, the only one I belong to is Southwest. I have never been on an actual Southwest flight, but I have miles in the program from flying Air Tran last fall. I didn’t get so much as a birthday greeting, much less gift miles and 20% off. Must be nice!

    Happy Birthday!

  2. Joanna says

    I’m not sure if the Southwest bonus points and code were actually a birthday gift (unless the email they sent you specifically said so). I received 1,000 bonus points and a 20% off code last week and my birthday’s in October. Happy birthday either way!!

  3. JudyfromBoise says

    I get a signed card from Southwest each year, but the best tokens.are the 4 drink certificates in my annual valentine!

  4. says

    The southwest one is the best out of the group. I have flown them a few times already this year, so hopefully they send the love to me next month!

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