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Birthday Recognition from Loyalty Programs

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So I’m used to getting the usual Happy Birthday emails from restaurants and retailers who have that information, but when the email from Miles & Smiles popped into my inbox, I took notice!

Then I was curious what other programs might do.

MyPoints offered 750 extra points for a $5+ purchase in the next two weeks at a select retailer.

Kimpton In Touch was the best — they offered 20% off a stay Thursday through Sunday during my birthday month, 2 free glasses of sparkling wine + dessert in their restaurant, and a surprise gift.

MyCokeRewards said hi and reminded me to use my existing points to treat myself. Ha!

Airtran emailed me 5 days after my birthday (although I’m guessing it was probably Hurricane Sandy impacted so can’t fault them) offering me double A+ credits on my next flight taken by January 31. Not bad!

And while these things aren’t big deal, I’m a little surprised my main airlines don’t have some kind of automatic email recognition even if it’s not offering a discount. Seems like a missed opportunity to position themselves as part of a fun birthday experience (like Kimpton and Miles & Smiles did).

I’m interested to know what travel-related birthday offers others have had!

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8 Comments

  1. DaninSTL

    November 8, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Red robin will give you free food on your birthday as will many restaurants. 🙂

    • Jeanne

      November 9, 2012 at 7:12 am

      Red Robin is a straight up free hamburger, no other purchase, right? Noodles & Co does straight up free too, so it’s been my birthday lunch each year (there’s one near my job)

      • Keri

        November 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

        Ruby Tuesday also offers a straight up free hamburger :), The Prime Rib a free cocktail. The buy one get one deals, like Zoe’s Kitchen, aren’t quite as exciting.

  2. DaninSTL

    November 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

    I think your right on red robin no addl purchase required while many restaurants do the bogo deal. Nothing like free food on your birthday. The funny part is that I don’t share my real DOB with people like that so I can avoid identity theft so I’ll get the “happy birthday” emails at odd times of year.

  3. Rachel

    November 9, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Marriott gave me a free elite night credit for my birthday this year. I don’t recall getting them in the past though.

    • Keri

      November 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

      Oh wow. That’s pretty awesome! Are you a higher status with them this year compared to previous years?

      • Rachel

        November 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

        No, I dropped status and am now just a member. The birthday gift put me to a whopping nine nights this year.

  4. PointsObsession

    November 18, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    2,000 miles from Virgin Atlantic!

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