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Which Airlines Charge For Alcoholics On Board?  
User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2956 times:

I know at some point Continental started doing this. Rumours are Delta started charging on Scandinavian flights.



Low cost carriers always charged.

Continental says is to prevent alcohol abuse onboard ...

Anyone knows what other airlines charge for alcoholic drinks ?

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User currently offlineHailstone From Germany, joined Nov 2000, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2944 times:

UA wanted 3 bucks for a beer on a IAD-SFO flight the other day - what p155ed me off in that context was that i was booked C-class, but was downgraded into eco because of overbooking..........
inflight director was not too cooperative - letter to CHI is sent.....


User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2932 times:

Paying for beer, wine and liquors is a normal thing on USA domestic flights...
Outside of the USA, domestic or international, drinks are generally free...
xxx
Soon on USA domestic flights, you will pay for use of toilet paper...
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineCapt.Picard From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2928 times:

Would be interested to know whether European charter airlines charge for alcohol.

We flew from the UK to Spain on a Swedish carrier, booze was available, but at cost.

Rgds


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24923 posts, RR: 56
Reply 4, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

British Charter Airlines you have to pay for any drink (except Water i think).


When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineLuchtzak From Belgium, joined Dec 2001, 468 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2919 times:

Virgin Express even charges for non-alcoholic drinks, except water, coffee and tea!

User currently offlineKaiTakFan From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 1588 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

Hailstone... your letter sent to ORD will be recieved and more then likely laughed at. In all Honesty, UAL has bigger problems then someone who was not happy with an overbooked flight that was bumped down to Y class, by 100K's and charged $3 USD for a drink. Its the norm in the airline Biz... shit happens. I am sorry to hear you had to deal with it! I know its a bitch for sure!

User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

Airtours International, now known as MyTravel, you have to pay for all drinks!

Don't have to pay on Virgin Atlantic, my dad got those little bottles free when we flew them in 1999. The F/A gave him some to keep for the holiday aswell!

DC-10


User currently offlineBNE From Australia, joined Mar 2000, 3183 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2881 times:

Qantas charge for drinks on domestic except on Melbourne-Sydney Cityflyer after 4pm.
Alcoholic drinks beer and wine are free on international services.



Why fly non stop when you can connect
User currently offlineLapper From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 1564 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2879 times:

AA have just announced that they will be charging $4 for alcoholic drinks from 01 November, the same as DL.

That now makes it AA, CO and DL that charge for alcoholic drinks in Y class only.


User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 10, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2873 times:

"British Charter Airlines you have to pay for any drink (except Water I think)."

"Airtours International, now known as MyTravel, you have to pay for all drinks!"


To be fair to British charter airlines it is worth noting that tea and coffee is still complimentary after your meal. They cannot charge for glasses of water from the aircraft supply, but will charge for bottled water.

Thankfully they still give us up front free (non-alcoholic!) drinks throughout...



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineUnited Airline From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2001, 9168 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2868 times:

Qantas does for some flights. For example, SYD-MEL.

User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 12, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2847 times:

Add US airways to the list also. Within a few months, all 'major' US carriers will be charging for alcohol on Internationals.

Continental did not say it is to prevent alcohol abuse onboard, they just said that in hindsight that it appears to have helped in that department.

Jeremy



User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2839 times:

On every FI flight you have to pay for alcoholic drinks except you get one drink for free with the meal.

Source: Icelandair timetable

Patrick


User currently offlineHUYfan From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1406 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2829 times:

since when could alcoholics fly for free anyway  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

regards

mike


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7482 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2811 times:

UA recently raised the price of drinks by $1.00 . Beer is now $4 and those little bottles of booze you can buy in the liquor store for 75 cents are now $5.00. But since UA dropped Coke there isn't anything to mix Pepsi products with  Big grin



'Empathy was yesterday...Today, you're wasting my Mother-F'ing time' - Heat.
User currently offlineFFlyer From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 733 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2810 times:

B747Skipper; "Outside of the USA, domestic or international, drinks are generally free..."

I have yet to see a domestic service anywhere in the world where the drinks are free. Often not even coffee or soft drinks are free.


User currently offlineJayhup From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 452 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2785 times:

I think that it violates a person's civil rights to charge them because they are an alcoholic.....

Sorry Keesje...too good a topic to pass up!

JH


User currently offlineVirginFlyer From New Zealand, joined Sep 2000, 4537 posts, RR: 41
Reply 18, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2781 times:

FFlyer - might I suggest domestic service in Australia, and New Zealand (up until yesterday obviously!).

Jayhup - man, you beat me to it!

V/F



"So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth." - Bahá'u'lláh
User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

FFlyer,

British Airways domestic services and the "shuttle" all have free drinks and a snack. Pretty ridiculous really on a 30-40 minute Manchester to Heathrow or Gatwick flight, but yeah if you want beer or wine etc.. that's fine.

I assume the other major European scheduled carriers adopt a similar policy?



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineExpratt From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 311 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2777 times:

On a BA flight from LHR to ABZ, they charged me one pound for a Coke.

User currently offlineRick767 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 2662 posts, RR: 51
Reply 21, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2772 times:

Expratt,

When?

I fly the shuttle quite regularly from LGW-MAN and back to visit family, and never have to pay for a drink - usually have a beer or wine. Most recent trip was September.



I used to love the smell of Jet-A in the morning...
User currently offlineRafabozzolla From Brazil, joined Apr 2000, 1225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2753 times:

In Brazil, every single domestic flight has alcohol avaliable for free. Even hard liqueur such as vodka an whisky. Of course this excludes GOL (our non frills), but even there U get an energy bar and soft drinks, and assigned seats!

User currently offlineLMML 14/32 From Malta, joined Jan 2001, 2565 posts, RR: 6
Reply 23, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2748 times:

AirMalta Scheculed flights - Free drinks.
AirMalta Chartered Flights - Drinks are sold.

Guess where the FA's have no trouble doing the closing stock !!!!!!!!!!!

While on this topic, we fly to MAN and BHX (among other UK destinations) both on sked as well as charter flights. We carry the same type of people - most of our sked pax come from the same tour operators (like Airtours and Thompson) as the chartered flights. But on these flights one sure thing stands out: the difference in alcoholic consumption. When it is a chartered flight, only juices and water is consumed - Pax actually hand you back the miniature bottle when they are asked for money !! These flights are generally quiet and easy. When it is a scheduled flight the opposite happens - pax ask for juices because they assume alcoholic drinks are chargeable. Then when the adventerous pap asks for a whisky, offers money and is told that drinks are free, then you practically have to start the bar from row 1. The word spreads like wildfire and the flight becomes one big party. I guess the way to an Englishman's heart is thru the whisky bottle !!


User currently offlinePepef From Finland, joined Oct 2002, 440 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (11 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2721 times:

Finnair charges for drinks on charter and domestic flights, on scheduled flights everything is complimentary.

25 Thadocta : Just to clarify the statements about Qantas - Qantas provide free alcohol on all international sectors, as well as on the domestic sectors of internat
26 Jayhup : VirginFlyer....I just couldn't help myself! Cheers..... JH
27 Post contains images B747skipper : Dear FFlyer - xxx Most countries South America, all drinks are free... national or international flights... Here Argentina all Aerolineas/Austral have
28 Manni : Keesje, Delta started charging on Scandinavian flights? Delta closed their station in Stockholm about a year ago, other than that Delta has no other s
29 Artsyman : do they also cut their prices? Nope! What are you talking about ??, prices are way way way down on last year, if you havent been following the news, t
30 CGK : FFlyer, All domestic flights in Indonesia have free drinks (alcohol included) and food. It's the norm here.
31 Flybulldog : Do airlines have a problem if you bring your own alcohol on board? If I was an alcoholic, I would just bring a big bottle of booze and a can of coke.
32 Post contains images B747skipper : Dear Flybulldog - xxx I see you are from the "Liberty" nation... so I tailored the answer for you... You can take you own "bottle" with you on bord, a
33 Skystar : Fflyer, I believe Lufthansa is still generous with the drinks on its European flights.
34 FFlyer : Skystar; "European flights"..??? I thought Europe is 15+ countries and flights between them are not domestic flights. I have paid for a beer on a LH d
35 Skystar : Indonesia is a Muslim country, but not as fundamentalist as countries such as Saudi Arabia. They have their own beer - Bintang. What would be consider
36 Post contains images B747skipper : Bintang delicious beer in Indonesia... And Tiger beer in Malaysia, good one as well... In Singapore, I end up with Carlsberg, brewed locally... xxx Ci
37 Kestrel : MyTravelAirways (and I'm sure most British charter airlines) charge for all onboard drinks, and every season the prices of them creep up a little mor
38 Keesje : I would find it accpetable to be charged for extra drinks. So one drink on every flight or with your meal and pay for liquors and e.g champagne ... Wo
39 Lufthansa747 : LH definitely does NOT charge for booze on domestics. Beer/sparkling wine/wine are offered as well as soft drinks.
40 AASTEW : Flybulldog, AA's policy is that you can bring your own alcohol onboard, however it must be served by the F/A and stored in the galley. I don't think m
41 Post contains images Solnabo : I remember to "good old days" when PanAm didn´t charge a krona for wine or beer in coach -90. Flew from ARN-JFK / connected to LAX, but domestic I ha
42 Artsyman : AA's policy is that you can bring your own alcohol onboard, however it must be served by the F/A and stored in the galley. Interesting, I never knew t
43 CGK : FFlyer: nope, we are a secular country, although we do have the largest population of Muslims. Skystar and B747Skipper are right, we do have our own b
44 Standby87 : FFlyer - if I had a specialist subject, this thread would be it. I once got through 3 Bacardi and cokes, a sandwich, a water and a chocolate bar on a
45 767er : The only International Airline flight that charged ex SYD were Airtours when they used to fly here. Given the shocking exchange rate between Aust and
46 Kestrel : Hi 767er Don't want to sound too biased, but it was considered pretty impressive in the UK that Airtours could offer a return flight UK-SYD which inc
47 United_Fan : Does Saudi Arabian serve drinks on flights to/from the U.S. ? Or is alocohol banned - that would really suck.
48 B747skipper : No booze on Saudia flights JFK-JED - it is dry all the way... So you have to sneak a small bottle with you... And be patient until after landing, to s
49 767er : Kestrel, I did not mind having to pay for drinks on AIH because, as you correctly point out, you get what you pay for. I flew with AIH twice to the UK
50 Keesje : Does Air France charge for alcoholics domesticaly ? I know the domestic product is basic but it would be odd. Great wine and food being one France's (
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