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The best Valentine’s Day freebies you can score at airports this week

Feb. 09, 2020
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The best Valentine’s Day freebies you can score at airports this week
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Here’s proof that love – or at least free flowers, chocolates and drinks – will be in the air to help travelers celebrate Valentine’s Day at airports and on airlines around the country this week.

Shortcut to marriage at the Las Vegas airport

So many couples travel to Las Vegas to get married around Valentine’s Day that Nevada’s Clark County clerk’s office sets up a pop-up marriage license office at McCarran International Airport (LAS) to help lovebirds cut to the chase.

This year’s marriage license pop-op opens for business February 13 in McCarran’s Terminal 1 baggage claim, by Carousel 5. And because this year has some auspicious bonus dates for tying the knot (2.20.20 and 2.22.20) the pop-will is staying open until February 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday.

Marriage licenses cost $77 and lovebirds can speed up the process by filling out a marriage license pre-application on-line.

Toast your love with a free drink from the “LUV” airline

Southwest Airlines treats passengers to free drinks a few times a year. Valentine’s Day is one of those day. The airline will be serving up a free alcoholic drink for passengers 21 years older on Valentine’s Day and dishing out “surprise and delight” treats throughout the day.

HMSHost handing out “Notes of Kindness”, surprise $10 gift cards, chocolate and more

Throughout February, anyone who purchases a Chandon Rosé at participating HMSHost airport restaurants and bars throughout the country will get a “Note of Kindness” and possibly a surprise $10 gift card from their server.

Not only do the notes have kind, positive messages inside, such as “You’re amazing,” but 500 of those notes also contain bonus $10 HMSHost gift cards.

Keep an eye out too for a large mailbox-themed display at some airports. HMSHost is inviting travelers to leave notes of kindness for other passengers to pick up. Anyone who takes a moment to participate will get a free chocolate bar and a coupon good for 15% discount at participating HMSHost restaurants.

Get a head start on the holiday at Atlanta International Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is getting a jump on the holiday by hosting a Valentine’s Day Customer Appreciation Event on Tuesday, February 11. During the “We Love Our Guests” event there will be music, free candy and an Airport Therapy Dog Fashion Show.

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Get free flowers at JAX and PHL

Lucky passengers at both Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) and Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) will receive carnations on Valentine’s Day, while supplies last.

Share the love at Dallas Love Field

From February 2 through the 14, Dallas Love Field Airport (DAL) will be living up to its name during “Random Acts of Love Week.” In addition to live music, chocolate candy and popcorn, and Valentine crafts activities, the airport’s mascot, aptly named “Lovey,” will be making appearances.

Puppy love at Phoenix Sky Harbor

In addition to bonus live music performances in Terminals 3 and 4 on February 13 and 14, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is having a month-long pup fest. Therapy dogs and their handlers from the Navigator Buddies program are handing out stickers with the hashtag “PupsNKissesPHX” and encouraging passengers to take a selfie with a pup dressed in a Valentine’s Day costume.

Stock up on sweets in Reno

The Kindness Takes Flight team at Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) will be handing out boxes of Conversation Hearts on Valentine’s Day, along with airplane-themed valentines you can give to a sweetheart or keep for your own AvGeek collection.

Free Valentines in Tampa

Tampa International Airport (TPA), one of the airports where non-ticketed visitors can score a day pass, will be handing out blank Valentine’s Day cards, so no traveler has to show up at home empty-handed. As part of the airport’s Friday Flight series, the DeLeon band will be Main Terminal from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. playing love songs, and nothing but love songs.

Valentines for Veterans

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH) in Ohio is hosting a Valentines for Veterans program. The airport has blank Valentines cards on hand so passengers can write notes of appreciation to local veterans to delivered to patients being treated at the nearby Columbus VA Ambulatory Care Center.

Win a trip for two to the lounge at the Greenville airport

Greenville- Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is running a “Love is in the Air(port)” giveaway by inviting couples to tag GSP in a social media post that mentions a dream romantic destination. Winners won’t be whisked to their dream spot, per se, but can win a free week of parking and two passes to the airport’s Escape Lounge.

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  • Access to Chase Ultimate Rewards hotel and airline travel partners
  • Unlimited 3x points on the broad category of travel and dining
  • 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • Broad definitions for travel and dining bonus categories

Cons

  • Steep $550 annual fee
  • May not make sense for people that don't travel frequently
  • You must spend the $300 travel credit before earning 3x points for travel and dining
  • No automatic hotel elite status
  • Earn 80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $1,200 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually. Earn 3x points on other travel and dining & 1 point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Get 50% more value when you redeem your points for travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards®. For example, 80,000 points are worth $1,200 toward travel
  • 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
  • Access to 1,300+ airport lounges worldwide after an easy, one-time enrollment in Priority Pass™ Select and up to $100 application fee credit every four years for Global Entry, NEXUS, or TSA PreCheck®
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more