Valentine’s Day

Treats from airports and airlines for Valentine’s Day

Air travel is usually more stressful than romantic, but on Valentine’s Day many airports and airlines go out of their way to add a little love – or at least some chocolate – to the journey.

Today, Delta Air Lines customers flying in the main cabin on select flights between JFK and SFO/LAX will receive mini bottles of La Marca Prosecco, along with a striped straw and two Vosges Haut-Chocolat chocolate truffles. Passengers in the business class cabins will get Prosecco and four pieces of Vosges chocolate.

Valentine’s Day is one of several days during the year when passengers on Southwest Airlines are treated to a complimentary alcoholic beverage. Employees of Southwest (which uses the stock ticker symbol LUV) will also be decorating gate areas and, at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, welcoming representatives from the Phoenix Suns basketball team, who will marshal in an aircraft, hand out valentines and take boarding passes.

At both Jacksonville International Airport and Philadelphia International Airport, there will be complimentary carnations for travelers (while supplies last).

Austin Bergstrom International Airport will be handing out complimentary chocolates to travelers and inviting passengers to snap a photo at a special selfie-station with an airport-themed replica of the city’s “I Love You So Much” mural, while entertainment, free candy giveaways and a ‘love wall’ for travelers’ messages welcome travelers today at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

This past weekend, passengers at San Francisco International Airport had a chance to see the Wag Brigade’s therapy pig, LiLou, in her Cupid costume and today the miniature therapy horses that occasionally visit Cincinnati/Norther Kentucky International Airport will stop by CVG in their Valentine’s Day costumes as well.

CVG airport will also be distributing candy and conversational heart cookies.

The lovefest continues at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, where Pallino Pizza and Pasta will be surprising some guests with complimentary cookies, gelato and goodie boxes and, at both Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Pittsburgh International Airport, where some shops and dining outlets will be offering surprise treats throughout the day as part AIRMALL USA’s celebration of both Valentine’s Day and Random Acts of Kindness Week.

Of course, at airports nationwide today men and women will be on hunt for roses and other flowers to take home to the sweethearts.

Many of the bouquets they’ll find for sale will be filled with flowers that arrived just days ago from Ecuador and Columbia and transported by LATAM Cargo, which said that in advance of Valentine’s Day this year it shipped more than 9,000 tons of flowers.

That’s the equivalent, said LATAM, of 16 million bouquets or 200 million flowers and enough for all 160 million women in the United States to receive at least one flower.

Souvenir Sunday at CDG Airport

Greetings from Paris- Charles de Gaulle Airport, where there are plenty of Valentine’s Day-themed souvenirs available right now.

Chocolates, of course, and pink-tinted macarons are not that expensive and are easy to carry.

And then there are selfie-spots around the airport right now offering a fun way to make a free Valentine.

 

If you’re lucky enough to be in the airport on February 14 between 8 am and 3 pm, keep an eye out for hostesses who will fanning out in the terminals offering fortune cookies that will filled with messages of love.

Two of those cookies will have something extra: a prize of a weekend in Paris. (Details here... in French.)

 

More Valentine’s Day treats from airlines/airports

Valentine couple

Here’s an updated list of some of the treats airlines and airports have in store for travelers on Valentine’s Day.

Baked By Melissa(2)

Delta Air Lines customers flying in the main cabin between New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and San Francisco or Los Angeles will receive complimentary mini bottles of Veuve du Vernay Rosé sparkling wine and a three-pack of Baked by Melissa bite-size cupcakes. All Delta One customers will also get a glass of Veuve du Vernay Brut Rosé sparkling wine.

JETBLUE VALENTINE

On Valentine’s Day JetBlue will be adding Snyder’s Sweet & Salty Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels to the complimentary items in the snack baskets offered on board.

On the ground, JetBlue is also partnering with Dunkin’ Donuts to offer free morning heart-shaped donuts in JFK airport and at Boston Logan Airport on February 13 and 14.

Valentine’s Day is one of the holidays Southwest Airlines gives passengers a free alcoholic drink.

UA Red Velvet Cookie

And this year on Valentine’s Day United Airlines will be giving passengers some sweet treats.

Eli’s Belgian chocolate cheesecake tarts will be served on most domestic and international United flights departing the continental U.S. and on flights from Honolulu to the continental U.S. and Guam. Many United Express flights will offer red velvet bite-sized cookies.

And complimentary champagne and chocolate pairings will be served in the United Clubs at the carrier’s Continental U.S. hubs, while Prosecco and chocolate pairings will be offered at other domestic United Clubs.

Philadelphia International Airport team members hand out red carnations for Valentine’s Day 2015

As they have done many years in the past, Florida’s Jacksonville International Airport volunteers will be surprising at least 1000 passengers with red carnations on Valentine’s Day.

(Philadelphia International did the same on Friday, February 12.)

Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport is celebrating Valentine’s Day by giving travelers a chance to take their photo with an iconic Austin mural in baggage claim through February 14.

AUS Valentine

They’ve altered a replica of the “I Love You So Much” mural on South Congress Street to read “AUS Loves You So Much,” and anyone who shares their photos on Twitter (@AUStinAirport; use the hashtag “#LoveAUS”) will get entered in a drawing for a free box of chocolates.

Free small chocolates will also be distributed at the mural, at the Visitors Center in bag claim and on the concourse from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. through Valentine’s Day and 34 passengers waiting to depart at their gate will be randomly selected to receive a free box of chocolates.

And as usual – fresh, handmade, chocolate covered strawberries from local favorite Amy’s Ice Creams will be for sale at the airport for $18 per dozen/$10 half dozen on Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday near bag carousel 3 in the lower level baggage claim and at Amy’s concourse location, which is past security checkpoints near Gate 12.

And through February 14 Miami International Airport will have a traveling kissing booth, a heart-shaped balloon mobile, live music and other Valentine’s Day activities in various spots throughout the airport.

PHL, Valentine Origami Demonstration