How to Ride FREE on Your Birthday on the Catalina Express, Birthday Offerings on the Island!

Are you looking for last minute travel deals for your birthday? Did you know that you can ride for FREE on your birthday to Avalon, California? CATALINA EXPRESS is now offering a Share Your Birthday Ride Promotion for 2017! Travel for two with the purchase of one full fare Adult ticket now through December 31, 2017. The offer is good for travel from all of Catalina Express’ mainland or island ports saving the birthday passengers up to $75.50 round trip. You’ll have to travel on your actual birthday and the return trip must be completed within 30 days. Pre-registering online is required. Birthday celebrants need to present both the Birthday Pass and valid photo ID to the Catalina Express ticket window at time of check-in. Get the details below!

Here’s What You Do:

  • The Birthday person must register online.
  • You will immediately receive an email confirmation with your Birthday Pass.
  • Before traveling, you must make your boat reservations for two online or call 800.995.4386. Your birthday promotion code, found on the Birthday Pass, must be entered for online reservations or mentioned at time of booking by phone.
  • When making your birthday reservation, reservations MUST be made for a minimum of two adults. Should you or your travel companion be a Senior, Child, or Infant, the reservations MUST be made for two full fare Adult tickets to participate in the Birthday Promotion. (Appropriate discounts will be applied.)
  • Print and bring your Birthday Pass with a valid photo ID to the Catalina Express ticket window on your Birthday and hop aboard the Catalina Express to Catalina Island.
  • Remember to download your Birthday Island Guide before planning your trip.

Details on the Share Your Birthday Ride Promotion:

  • Valid for round-trip travel for two with the purchase of one full fare Adult ticket on your Birthday in 2017. You MUST travel together round-trip.
  • MUST begin travel on your actual birth date. You may return anytime within 30 days after your departure date.
  • You must provide proof of your birth date and valid identification. Valid photo IDs accepted are Driver’s licenses, State or Government issued photo IDs or government issued passports. If you are under age 18 and do not have any of the above, either an original or notarized birth certificate must be shown. School IDs or children security IDs are not acceptable. Photocopies, electronic copies and photos are not acceptable.
  • Valid for general seating only. Upgrade options available to the Commodore or Captain’s Lounge, call for booking.
  • Subject to availability.
  • No refunds, no cash value, non-transferable.
  • Your valid photo ID name must match Birthday Pass.

Birthday celebrants must be 13 years or older to register online. If a registrant is under the age of 13, an adult 18 or over must register for the party. When making a birthday reservation, reservations must be made for a minimum of two adults. Should the birthday passenger or their travel companion be a Senior, Child, or Infant, the reservations must be made for two full fare Adult tickets to participate in the Birthday Promotion. For more information, please visit their website at


  • CATALINA EXPRESS – Long Beach Downtown Landing, 320 Golden Shore Dr, Long Beach, CA 90802 (562) 216-1666 Parking: $15/day(Approximately 1 hr)
  • CATALINA EXPRESS – Dana Point, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629 (949) 923-2255 Parking: $12/day(Approximately 1 hr and 30 min)
  • CATALINA EXPRESS – San Pedro, , Berth 95, San Pedro, CA 90731 (800) 481-3470 Parking: $12/day(Approximately 1 hr and 15 min)

SAMPLE Catalina Island Birthday Offerings!

Catalina restaurants, attractions and hotels have joined in to celebrate the birthday with discounts and freebies. Passengers can download Birthday Island from the Catalina Express website while registering and are given updated information at their ticket window. Most of them require an ID and will only offer it on the day of your birthday. A sampling of Birthday Island offers includes:

  • AVALON HOTEL: Stay at the Avalon Hotel on your birthday and receive a complimentary bottle of wine or sparkling cider. Receive a 15% discount for your birthday stay (can’t be combined with any other discounts). Must mention birthday when booking over the phone or use code: birthday15 when booking online. ID required at check-in. 310.510.7070 •
  • THE AURORA HOTEL: Stay at the Aurora Hotel and Spa on Catalina on your birthday and receive two complimentary tickets to the Catalina Island Museum. Visit the Aurora Hotel and Spa on your birthday and receive a complimentary gift. 310.510.0454 •
  • CATALINA ISLAND INN: Receive a complimentary box of Lloyd’s of Avalon chocolates plus your choice of champagne or sparkling cider. Must ask for the “BIRTHDAY SPECIAL” at the time of reservation and present ID with proof of birth date at check-in. 310.510.1623 •
  • HOTEL VISTA DEL MAR: Stay at Hotel Vista Del Mar and receive a complimentary bottle of champagne or wine on your birthday, celebratory balloons, continental breakfast, milk & cookies each evening, 10% off at Avalon’s best retail stores and a complimentary gift! Must mention “Birthday Special” at the time of reservation. Proof of birth date required at check-in. 310.510.1452 •
  • CATALINA POTTERY BATH & BODY: – Soy Candle or Handmade soap. Receive a complimentary soy candle or handmade soap with each $10 minimum purchase per person. 310.510.1937 •
  • ISLAND THREADZ: – Complimentary Gift & Discounts. What better way to celebrate your birthday than with a complimentary gift with a purchase and a 10% discount on all regular priced merchandise. 310.510.2433
  • THREE PALMS AVALON ARCADE – Arcade Tokens. Birthday Special Have some fun and play a little! Buy $5 in tokens and get an additional $5 in tokens as our Birthday Special! 310.510.0967 •
  • CATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCY – 3 Gifts. Stop by the Conservancy House on your birthday for a complimentary Catalina Island Conservancy decal. Complimentary admission to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden on your birthday and BOGO on the Wildlands Express on your birthday. Must travel at least one direction on your birthday. Reservations required. 310.510.1445 •
  • CLIMBING WALL – 2 for 1 Climb. Purchase one climb at the Catalina Climbing Wall and receive an additional climb complimentary on your birthday. Open weekends and holidays only. 310.510.7431 •
  • DESCANSO BEACH OCEAN SPORTS – Rental Deal Rent 1 hour kayak, snorkel equipment or SUP and receive a 2nd hour complimentary – good for you and one buddy! Proof of your birth date necessary. No reservation needed, subject to availability. 310.510.1226 •
  • CATALINA ISLAND GOLF CART – Golf Cart & Bike Rentals. Buy one hour, get 1/2 hr complimentary. Experience Catalina’s charm in your own golf cart! Complimentary 1 hour bike rental with a one hour rental or 1/2 off a daily rental. Must show proof of birth date! 310.510.0369 •
  • PARASAIL CATALINA – Free Parasailing Flight: 2 fly for the price of 1 with paid 800’ flight, must fly tandem or triple on your birthday. Subject to availability. Please reserve online and use the promo code “birthday”. Must show proof of birth date. 310.510.1777 •
  • CATALINA SEGWAY – Rental Deal Buy any Segway Tour get 2nd of equal or lesser value 1/2 off. Reservations required, must show proof of birth date. 310.510.9665 •
  • TASTE OF CATALINA FOOD TOURS – Birthday Special All adult tickets in your party are 20% off ! Use promo code: BDAY20. Tours run daily at noon. Call or book online. Birth date confirmed at check-in with valid ID. 424.226.9443 •
  • BEN’S BAKERY: – 1/2 Off Lunch. Buy one lunch time sandwich or salad and receive 1/2 off a second sandwich or salad for the birthday traveler. Ben’s Bakery is conveniently located in Shops at the Atwater on Sumner and Metropole Avenues. Must show ID for proof of birth date. 310.510.7414 •
  • CATALINA COFFEE & COOKIE CO.: Complimentary Coffee or Tea One complimentary cup of 12oz gourmet coffee or tea for the birthday person. ($3 value, no substitutions). Must be wearing the Catalina Express birthday button and provide an email address. May be required to show ID. 310.510.2447 •

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