Check Out the Best Leap Day Deals and Freebies!

Those with and without birthdays on February 29 can indulge in free food and cheap hotel stays.
February 29 on calendar

Leap day only comes once every four years on February 29, but it's a special opportunity to score freebies and other great deals. Some are meant to help leap day babies celebrate their rare birthdays. However, other offers are available to everyone!

SEE ALSO: The 149 Best Birthday Freebies in 2020: Celebrate With Free Stuff!

Check out our list of confirmed leap day deals for 2020 below, and learn what to expect from other restaurants and retailers, as well.

Confirmed Leap Day Deals

Stay in a D.C. Hotel for $29

Interested in traveling to Washington, D.C.? The Kimpton Carlyle Hotel Dupont Circle will be having a leap year sale on February 29. Two different offers will be available, so you can pick the one that best fits your needs:

  • Choose from 29 rooms at a $29 rate (Sunday nights only)
  • Receive a 29% discount for any future reservation, from April 1-December 31, 2020

Liaison Washington Capitol Hill is another hotel in the district that's offering a special package for leap day. And this one you don't have to wait for! Simply book a trip between now and March 1, 2020, and you'll automatically save 29% on your stay.

Enjoy a Discounted Warm Getaway

Like the DC hotels above, you can take advantage of a 29% discount at a variety of resorts in warm weather locales.

The Marriott Cancun Collection will be knocking 29% off stays of 3 nights or more using the coupon code "SPJ". It's only valid on February 29 for either the Marriott Cancun Resort or the JW Marriott Cancun Resort & Spa. While the sale is one-day only, you can book for anytime from March 1 through December 24, 2020. Beware that blackout dates might apply in certain cases.

You can find a similar offer for the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino via the coupon code "LPR". The promotion is available only on Leap Day on stays of 3 nights or more from March through October 2020.

If you want to stay closer to home, there are a couple of resorts in Sarasota, Florida having Leap Day specials. Book a Sunday through Thursday stay at the Lido Beach Resort and save up to 29% on the best available rates when you use the coupon code "OPALFLASH". The sale will run from February 29 through March 2, and is valid on stays from February 29 through October 31, 2020.

Also in Sarasota, Florida, The Resort at Longboat Key Club will have up to 29% off select stays via coupon code "OPALFLASH". The sale runs February 29 through March 2 and is valid on Sunday through Thursday stays from February 29 through May 31, 2020.

Score BOGO Lobsters

Legal Sea Foods is bringing back its special leap year offer for 2020. This 1-day promotion gives you the chance to receive two 1-lb. steamed lobsters and a choice of two sides for $29 on February 29. For context, diners normally only get one lobster, and the current market price of a 1-lb. lobster is $27.95. So this is practically a "buy one, get one free" deal.

At Legal Sea Foods, you'll be able to get two 1-lb. steamed lobsters and a choice of two sides for $29.

Note that Legal Sea Foods is encouraging lobster lovers to make reservations now, as this deal could be quite popular.

Purchase Discounted City Passes

Shop Go City from Thursday, February 27 through Sunday, March 1 to receive 15% off select city attraction passes. You can find passes for attractions in 26 destinations, including:

  • Barcelona
  • Berlin
  • Boston
  • California
  • Cancun
  • Chicago
  • New Orleans
  • New York
  • Paris
  • Sydney

Book a Cheap Hotel

Anyone can shop and save 29% on select hotel stays for February through March 2020. You can also save an extra 8% using the coupon code "LEAPYEAR2020".

And if you're actually a "leapling" — that is someone born on Leap Day — you can tweet at @hotelsdotcom on February 29. Tell them your biggest struggle of actually being born on Leap Day, and will choose the top 29 responses. Those 29 winners will receive a discount code worth $290 each towards a hotel of their choice.

Motel 6 will be offering guests between 10% and 20% off during a flash sale. Book by March 2 for stays between February 29 through March 31, 2020 to take advantage of this Leap Day deal.

Enjoy Free Photo Books

Shop Chatbooks and you can celebrate your Leap Day birthday for the next four years. Simply email with the subject line "Longest Birthday Ever!" and you'll be able to receive four years of free photo books, until 2024. The offer is valid for printing one photo a day as part of Chatbooks' Ongoing Series Softcover Photo Books.

Enter to Win Free Travel

Orbitz is hosting a Leap Day giveaway where participants can win a free upgrade to Platinum status and $290 in Orbucks. You can also win things like saving on baggage fees, airport WiFi, and TSA precheck.

Treat Yourself to Super Affordable Pizza

Participating 7-Eleven stores will have whole pizzas for only $2.29 to celebrate Leap Day. They'll be available both in-store and for delivery through the 7NOW app. New app users can also redeem the coupon code "29OFF50" to receive a $29 discount on their first order over $50 in the 7NOW app.

Prefer a different kind of pizza? Hungry Howie's will offer you a 1-topping pizza for only 29 cents when you purchase a large pizza at regular price. It's available February 29 through March 2 for carryout orders only.

Jet's Pizza is also getting in the holiday spirit by offering 29% off all pizzas via coupon code "LEAP". This offer is good for pick up or delivery.

Leap Day Deals to Expect

We've only confirmed a few deals so far, but that doesn't mean we won't see more as February 29 draws near. Here are all the leap day deals we found in 2016 that could make a return in 2020.

Leap Day Deals for Everyone

  • Carrabba's Italian Grill: Diners who spent at least $10 at the Italian food chain could get any small plate for only $2.29 on Leap Day 2016.

  • Dog Haus: In 2016, the gourmet sausage outlet offered a free upgrade from single to double patties on all burgers.

  • Krispy Kreme: The donut chain offered a dozen Original Glazed donuts for only $2.29 to visitors who purchased another dozen donuts.

  • Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: The chain knocked the prices of its fried ice cream dessert and Leap Year Margarita to just $2.29. Ordinarily, these treats are closer to $7 and $8, respectively, so your indulgence will cost significantly less.

  • Outback Steakhouse: Diners could get 15% off their entire lunch or dinner order on February 29.

  • Tropical Smoothie Cafe: Loyalty club members could buy a 24-oz. classic smoothie for $2.29.

Leap Day Freebies for 'Leaplings'

"Leaplings" are people who were born on February 29, and some leap year deals are only meant for them. Check out the following ways restaurants and retailers celebrated in 2016.

  • Achatz Handmade Pie Co.: Leap year babies could snag a free slice of pie on their big day.

  • Benny's Chop House: Parties of two or more could feast on an 8-oz. filet mignon for free.

  • Buca di Beppo: Diners could score a free order of spaghetti and meatballs.

  • Del Frisco's Grille: Dining in meant you could get a cheesesteak eggrolls appetizer for free.

  • Great American Cookies: Participating locations handed out Individually Yours Cookie Cakes to the birthday celebrants for free.

  • Hard Rock Cafe: Those celebrating leap year birthdays on February 29 could get a free entree. Diners could choose from burgers, salads, sandwiches, and more.

  • Holsteins: Leap day babies got a real treat at this restaurant, as they could snag its Birthday Cake Bam-Boozled Shake and a classic burger for free.

  • Houlihan's: Leap day diners could enjoy a free entree worth up to $15. Even better, they could also get a gift card for 28 more free entrees.

  • Olive Garden: Diners could indulge in four free Dolcini desserts to celebrate their special birthday. Dolcini desserts are Olive Garden's mini treats, and they normally start at $2.99.

  • Pizza Hut: Folks who were celebrating birthdays could treat themselves to a Personal Pan Pizza for free at participating Pizza Hut locations.

Readers, have you seen any leap day promos we've missed? Let us know in the comments below!

Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).


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