Airlines are doing everything they can to woo their coveted elite level passengers. This week United joined the fray by offering one free drink to all Premier 1K and Global Services passengers who might suffer the indignity of flying at the back of the plane.
A United spokesperson told TravelSkills, “To show appreciation for their loyalty – we’re offering one free drink, excluding half-bottle premium wines, to Global Services and Premier 1Ks in United Economy on flights worldwide.” United did not make a formal announcement about this, but the new policy went into effect this week.
So how do you claim your free pop? United says that the new iPhone 6 Plus devices now used by its flight attendants (or inflight paperwork) will identify you as 1K or Global Services, so all you have to do is ask.
Could this move be another executive order under new reign of CEO Oscar Munoz? It’s not confirmed, but I bet he had something to do with it…
Since last year, Delta has offered free wine, beer and booze to all passengers flying in its Comfort+ cabin (premium economy) on flights over 250 miles regardless of elite status.
All passengers in Virgin America’s Main Cabin Select seats (bulkheads and exit rows) get free booze and bites on all flights. You have to pay extra to sit in those seats, but elite level flyers frequently find themselves upgraded to these seats at the last minute.
A free drink coupon always comes with a Southwest Airlines Business Select ticket, and Southwest showers Rapid Rewards member with four cocktail coupons for every 10 flights. (Be sure your communications preferences are set to receive the cocktail coupons in your Rapid Rewards profile.) Also, holders of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Premier Card have been know get four free drink coupons each year, but I’m not sure if that’s still a card benefit.
Executive Platinum members stuck in coach who flash their card or boarding pass to flight attendants get a free drink and snack from American Airlines.
Have a happy Friday and enjoy your inflight cocktail!
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