Fabulous Fridays: Special Amenities From Hotels & Airlines When Traveling On Or Around Your Birthday


Some hotels and airlines try to go the extra mile and offer their guests something special during their birthday and present special amenities, some of which we like to feature on this Fabulous Friday.

Hotels are usually quite good in recognizing from the profile or passport data when it’s your birthday while airlines offer certain pre-order services that are sometimes complimentary depending on the class of service.

During our recent trip, we actually had two birthdays and especially the hotels were pretty good in dishing out some beautiful amenities.

The featured image was at the Intercontinental Grand Seoul where I stayed at a Residence Suite on a Club Level (pre-booked). Staff and service was really top notch during my stay there!

While spending a couple days at the Park Hyatt Tokyo a few days earlier the hotel prepared a nice bottle of Ruinart Champagne in the room as additional welcome amenity.

What’s interesting about the PH Tokyo is that they seem to add this detail to your stay profile so even when you visit the restaurants there will be a small remark. I got an additional Dessert plate later that night at the New York Grill after dinner.

When it comes to airlines, it’s a little bit more difficult as these things have to be ordered in advance. Thai Airways for example offered a Birthday Cake for US$45 last year when I ordered one for a friend who was flying BKK-TYO in First Class.

Singapore Airlines offers this service complimentary at least in First/Suites and Business Class when I did order it last time for my own flight LAX-NRT on the A380 before they took it off this route.

While it’s not actively checked upon when ordering these amenities through the Singapore Airlines Hotline, it’s encouraged not to abuse this generous offer. Obviously at some point, SQ will gather your passport data and would at least in theory be able to match up your details.


For frequent travelers who spend a good amount of the year on the road or even the leisure traveler on a special trip, this is a nice way of the travel provider to add a personal touch to the guest experience.

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