AeroArgentina
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Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:31 am

Having just bought a ticket on US airways to Paris I begin doing research to see what inflight service to expect in coach.

After looking at their website I saw that they charge for alcohol even on intercontinental flights. I went to AA's, UA's, and CO's websites and saw the same thing. When did this start?? Do US airlines expect to remain competitive with worldwide carriers if all they are concerned about is saving money (and not making money)? Thanks for your comments
 
travatl
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:42 am

This started after 9/11 when the bottom of the US airline industry fell out, and the major carriers quit trying to remain competitive, and simply began clawing for their survival.

It's cyclical.....I'm sure free drinks will be back on int'l flights evenutally.

Travis
 
desertjets
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:42 am

This has been discussed to death, so please do a search. FYI- CO began this in July 2002... and the rest of the US majors quietly followed suit. Does it have an affect... did you decide not to fly USAir because the liquor isn't free? If that answer is no, then I think your larger question is answered.
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AeroArgentina
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:46 am

It was a priceline ticket, so basically it was the cheapest available. If I had a choice though, I would choose to fly an international carrier due to this.
 
luv2fly
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 1:51 am

NW still does not charge on International routes. I did fly BA recently and yes drinks were in fact free, the selection tho in coach left a lot to be desired. No after dinner choices.
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sccutler
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 5:50 am

During my younger days, when free liquor would have been a meaningful factor in my choice of airline, I rarely had the money to spend on international travel.

Now, when I have the budget for international travel, free booze is not a meaningful consideration. I suppose that, if there were a choice of two carriers and all other factors were the same (they rarely are, but we are speaking hypothetically here), I might go for the complementary cocktails. My guess is, the change has had little impact on the loads.

As an aside, if I were cabin staff for an airline, I am not sure that I would particularly want passengers whose primary criterion in airline selection is the availability of free liquor.
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elwood64151
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 5:54 am

Here's my question:

Would you pay $600 for a ticket with free alcohol, or $400 for a ticket where you have to pay $4 for a drink? Now, if you can get the free drink for $425, would you still buy the more expensive ticket? Remember, you have to get *seven* drinks at these rates to make up the difference. Now, if you can get the cheaper rate and the free drink, I suggest you take it.

The again, I don't even understand why anyone injects alcohol into their bloodstream. I prefer to keep full control of my mental and physical faculties. But that's just me.
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:12 am

International flights, USA or foreign carriers = free alcoholic beverages...
Foreign domestic flights = free alcoholic beverages...
USA domestic flights = you pay for drinks...
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Yes, Elwood - agree with you 101%... should keep these flights alcohol free, in case pilots like me try to sneak a miniature of whisky in their tummy during flight... I hope all these clear minded alcohol free passengers will keep these brain healthy grass joint lovers away from my USA-Argentina flights...
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rindt
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:20 am

Elwood,

Because many people aren't as uptight as you are. There's a big difference too - some people enjoy the taste of alcoholic beverages, while others do so just for the sole purpose of getting bombed. I happen to enjoy a good beer (especially European ones) - and I surely don't think I lose "control" of myself.
But I would agree that choosing an airline based on the fact whether or not they serve free liqour is a little bit silly.

-Rob
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AeroArgentina
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:26 am

I totally would not take a ticket that was 200 dollars more just bc it had free liquor. I think the important fact about this is the continual cutting of service that american carriers are implementing. The more you cut the less you will be able to charge and that decreases your margins. Carriers should focus on attracting more passengers with improved service rather than cutting costs everywhere.
 
emiratesa345
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:30 am

Personally, I think all flights should be alcohol free. A friend of my mother's always flies Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT on her trips to Poland. As many people know, Poles like to drink. Flying is not exception. On her most recent flight from YYZ - WAW - WRO, a woman just a few seats ahead drank too much and couldn't keep it down. She ended up throwing up all over the lady next to her. Luckily, a stewardess had a shirt in her carry-on that she gave up to give to the lady. I realize that not all people or flights are like this, but banning alcohol altogether would prevent situations like this from happening. Maybe they should just do this on LOT Polish Airlines. LOL


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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 6:42 am

Agree with everyone of the good clean people here...
I am as pilot, subject to random alcohol and drug tests before flight.
Same should apply to passengers...
Keep these joint puffers and "crack" lovers out of the plane...
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777guy
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 7:07 am

EmaritesA345: I personally enjoy alcohol on flights sometime. Your comparison here makes no sense for banning alcohol. Because some people abuse it is no reason to ban it from everybody.
Onthe other hand I would not care whether the airline charges or gives it free. Safety and cost are my main concern.
 
pecoua
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RE: Alcohol On US Airlines

Fri Jun 06, 2003 8:47 am

UA is still free in coach.