Thanks to Harriet Baskas at USAToday (@StuckatAirport), we’ve been able to roll-up both airlines AND airports that have celebrated an airport Valentine’s Day this year.
Airlines Share their Airport Valentine’s Love
AirFrance offered a free French chocolate lava cake to anyone traveling out of DTW (Detroit) on Feb 13th, made by Detroit’s Chez Chloé – owned by chef Chloe Sabatier. The cakes are a sample of desserts that will regularly be served aboard Air France flights starting in March. Passengers could take the cake onboard the flight to enjoy OR, Air France uniformed staff would deliver the cake, along with a Valentine’s card, to a loved one in the Detroit area on Feb 14th. Find out more here.
United Airlines served free Valentine’s Day cocktails in United Club lounge locations in the US, and at LHR. Featured drinks included the “Casanova,” the “Bubbling with Love” and the “Cupid’s Arrow”, with sides of chocolate.
JetBlue also got in to the airport Valentine’s Day spirit be giving away Dylan’s Candy Bar cookies on-board flights on V-Day. There was also an offer available at participating Dylan’s retail stores, with proof of travel. Dylan’s is located at the Detroit Metro Airport and JFK Terminal 5.
Singapore Airlines gave suite customers leaving JFK a complimentary chocolate truffle box, created by Chef Alfred Portale (of Gotham Bar & Grill in NYC). Find out more about this promotion here.
Finally Southwest Airlines served passengers who were 21+ a free drink during each Valentine’s Day flight. United employees also handed out Valentines gifts including a sweepstakes entry for a trip to the American Country Music awards – these entries and other freebies were available in select United markets. Southwest hands out free drinks a few times each year – January 1 (New Year’s Day), February 14 (Valentine’s Day) and March 17 (St. Patrick’s Day).
Thanks again to @StuckatAirport for rolling these up!
Airport Valentine’s Day – Not Just for Airlines
Several airports also participated in the airport Valentine’s Day fun, including:
ATL – The Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport placed an 8-foot heart in its main atrium for photo ops (share with hashtag #ATLlovesU). And, ATL distributed over 23,000 pieces of candy to guests. Yum!
CAK – Akron-Canton Airport had a Facebook contest on Friday, Feb. 13 with prizes of locally made chocolate for fans.
AUS – Austin-Bergstrom International Airport offered chocolate-covered strawberries made by Amy’s Ice Creams through Valentine’s Day evening. Amy’s is a local favorite, and can be found in the tripchi airport app at two locations in the AUS airport.
DAL – Dallas Love Field brought in a band (the Gyros String Quartet) to serenade passengers with love songs. The band played post-security the morning for Feb 13th. DAL also distributed heart-shaped chocolates with the Love Field logo throughout the day. There was also the opportunity for photos and selfies – DAL places a big red heart sitting between giant letters B and G as part of the Dallas’s “Big Things Happen Here” campaign.
JAX – Jacksonville International Airport had Airport Ambassadors hand out 10,000 carnations to travelers on Valentine’s Day, a tradition the airport has been carrying on since 2009.
LGA – LaGuardia Airport distributed free milk chocolate hearts February 13-15 from Terminal B. Plus, LGA boasted a roaming Cupid Feb 13 in the afternoon, as well as a Twitter contest for a freebie box of Godiva chocolates and an “I Love NY” heart necklace.
MIA – Miami International Airport offered a kissing booth complete with photo ops, chocolate roses, a DJ, and coupon handouts for store discounts distributed by Cupid.
PHL – Philadelphia International Airport handed out pink and red carnations to travelers on Feb 13th morning, and gave away candy throughout the day at the info booths.
LAX – The Los Angeles International Airport’s Bradley Terminal (the international terminal) offered performances of the Argentine Tango on Feb 15th.