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Which US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities?

Which US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities?

Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com, shares how to be a comfy jet-setter and where the freebies are

Staying comfy at 30,000 feet has become a challenge.

Whether airline travelers are sitting in the last row or in business class, they all want the same thing — to be comfortable. But staying comfy on a plane is increasingly difficult, with more and more airlines adding fees for small comforts like the best seats, more legroom, bypassing security lines, and priority check-in.

See What US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities (and What You’ll Get) Slideshow.

"If you’re willing to pay more, there are ways to make the flight more comfortable," said Jeff Klee, CEO of CheapAir.com.

Klee predicts that the trend of some airlines charging for advance seat assignments for premium seats like window and aisle seats will grow, and he wouldn’t be surprised if airlines started charging for any advance seat assignment in the future.

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Even customers who aren’t prepared to pay extra to avoid lines and get coveted seats need to still be cautious to avoid hidden fees.

Klee, whose airfare shopping engine shows customers what amenities, like personal video monitors, live television, and Internet access, they are getting when they book a flight, shares his travel tips with The Daily Meal so you can save money and stay sane at 30,000 feet.

For Klee's tips, scroll to the end of What US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities (and What You’ll Get) Slideshow.

Joanna Brinjak Furlong, CheapAir.com’s marketing manager has compiled a list of the U.S. airlines that still offer free amenities for The Daily Meal.

See What US Airlines Still Offer Free Amenities (and What You’ll Get) Slideshow.


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This Canadian airline based in Toronto might be small, but it offers an experience that goes above and beyond larger airlines. Though flights are short, passengers can enjoy complimentary snacks, plus beer and wine served in real glassware. Even the lounges are open to all passengers, and offer free newspapers, snacks, and Wi-Fi.

This Canadian airline based in Toronto might be small, but it offers an experience that goes above and beyond larger airlines. Though flights are short, passengers can enjoy complimentary snacks, plus beer and wine served in real glassware. Even the lounges are open to all passengers, and offer free newspapers, snacks, and Wi-Fi.

Even in economy, passengers can enjoy a lie-flat experience—if they’re lucky. When not fully occupied, the window rows are designed to transform into a fully-flat and comfortable couch at the touch of a button. Lucky passengers who find a whole row to themselves can take advantage of this feature to lie down during the flight. Additionally, families who like to snuggle can book three seats in a row to make the trip a little more comfortable for everybody.

Etihad's Flying Nanny service is not just a blessing for parents traveling with young children, but also the passengers around them. The Flying Nanny is a free service that arranges for one crew member to pay special attention to all children on board, offering activity kits, special snacks, arts and crafts projects, quizzes and games. This free amenity is like having an extra pair of hands.

On JetBlue, every seat comes equipped with a withtelevision screens, even on short domestic flights. And each television comes with 36 free channels from DIRECTV. During the flight, you can watch live television, catch up on your favorite shows on Amazon Video, or browse through the channels on SiriusXM.

When you fly Japan Airlines to Hawaii, economy amenity kits also include colorful slippers. Wearing slippers indoors is customary to Japanese culture, plus if your feet are feeling sore, you can take advantage of another one of the airline’s free perks and ask the flight attendant about their bamboo massage sticks.


Eight airline perks that are still free

Your average airline dishes out gobs of extra fees for services that once cost nothing. But not every carrier is guilty. Select airlines have eschewed the fee frenzy, offering better customer service, fewer extra charges, and more creature comforts than their industry brethren—for free. Find out which airlines supply complimentary perks, from no-cost checked bags to on-the-house itinerary changes.

Purchasing an airline ticket is always daunting for the commitment-phobic, as nearly every major U.S. airline charges fees for flight-itinerary changes. But there's one exception: Southwest. This budget airline allows you to change your travel to a different date and you'll only have to pay the difference in fare (if there is any). So if you come down with the flu or can't find a decent hotel room, you can easily rebook your flight for an alternate date at no additional charge.

Five years ago, we wouldn't have considered free checked bags a perk by any stretch of the imagination. Things are different now. With so many airlines hitting travelers left and right with checked-bag fees, those carriers that continue to buck the trend with complimentary checked luggage on domestic flights deserve a bit of recognition. Southwest and JetBlue's checked-bag policies are categorically consumer-friendly the former permits two checked bags, the latter permits one.

Virgin America, Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada, Alaska, Emirates, and Lufthansa are just a few airlines that don't charge coach-class passengers who want to pass the time in the air watching a favorite rom-com or action-packed blockbuster. Air Canada has even taken recent steps to expand its movie offerings, doubling the number of on-demand movies available on both international and domestic flights this year. But other carriers still need to play catch-up when it comes to free flicks on demand. JetBlue, for example, charges $5.99 for movies on flights within the continental U.S.

Want to catch up on your favorite trashy reality shows or watch the latest episode of Animal Cwops at 35,000 feet? Book a ticket with JetBlue. The domestic discounter may charge for on-demand movies, but its complimentary TV offerings make up for it. The airline streams 36 channels of free Directv, including Food Network, History Channel, Lifetime, CNN, and The Weather Channel, on all flights. In fact, JetBlue was the first commercial airline to offer live TV during flights. Virgin America also offers free live satellite TV through its Red entertainment program.

In-flight Wi-Fi is fast becoming an ever-present airline amenity, but it's not always free. Many airlines, including the legacies, offer Wi-Fi through Gogo pricing for connectivity ranges from $1.95 to $39.95 (the latter is for a monthly pass on all participating airlines). But several carriers stand out by providing Wi-Fi that doesn't cost a thing. JetBlue will offer free Wi-Fi on flights beginning in 2013. (The discount U.S. carrier is even going the extra step to make sure its connection is lightning fast by partnering with a company that provides satellite broadband services to ensure speedy page-load time.) And Norwegian offers complimentary Wi-Fi on most of the planes in its fleet.

Thirsty? Your next drink's on the airline, depending on your carrier of choice. Considering that airlines these days impose fees on everything from exit-row seats to carry-on bags, it's almost surprising that a wide range of carriers pour complimentary alcoholic beverages in economy class. But they do: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Porter, Alaska (only on flights operated by Horizon Air and SkyWest), Hawaiian, and Air France are a few airlines that give coach-class passengers free drinks. Air France takes its beverage service to another level with complimentary Champagne on long-haul international flights.


How Airline Food Is Changing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Beverages, snacks, and premium cabin services are being scaled back this summer.

Memorial Day weekend is coming up and, under normal circumstances, this would mean that we&aposd spend at least two days attending neighborhood block parties, frantically Googling how to get mustard stains out of a pair of linen shorts, and wondering whether this might be the year to visit one of those blowout mattress sales. It would also be the unofficial start date for the summer travel season, when we would&aposve all taken our shoes off and shuffled through lengthy TSA lines, wedged ourselves into undersized airplane seats, and complained about those minor inconveniences until it was time to check in for our return flights.

Everything will be different this year, for obvious reasons. But airlines are still doing what they can to accommodate any passengers who want to (or need to) keep flying, and every carrier is taking steps to ensure that those onboard have the safest possible experience. Although some of the details differ from airline to airline, face masks seem to be mandatory, boarding processes are constantly changing to prevent customers from crowding together at the gate, and there&aposs an increased focus on keeping everything as clean as possible. (RIP to inflight magazines, which always felt like glossy collections of germs.)

Inflight food and beverage services have been scaled back as well and, again, the practices can differ from airline to airline, but here&aposs what you can expect if you&aposre traveling in the near future:

Seattle-based Alaska Airlines says that it is "temporarily reducing [its] onboard service levels," which means that no foods or drinks will be served on any flights under 350 miles. On longer flights, first and premium class customers can have individual bottles of water, a sealed can of beer, and a packaged snack. Those traveling in the main cabin will get bottled water and a snack. Alaska has also temporarily suspended its pre-order meal selection, and is instead encouraging passengers to bring their own snacks.

American Airlines is also limiting its inflight service based on flying time. For flights under 2,200 miles or less than 4 ½ hours, first class customers will get pretzels, Biscoff cookies or chips, and a bottle of water during boarding, and can request alcohol during the flight. Main cabin customers have the same snack-and-water options when they board, but cannot buy snacks, alcohol, or additional food during the flight Extra bottles of water, canned drinks, and juice will be available by request. On longer flights (over 2,200 miles) main cabin meal service will still be limited to long haul international flights, and first and business class customers will have to make do with a meal that is served on a single tray instead of in multiple courses.

Delta&aposs options look similar to American&aposs, although passengers on U.S. domestic and international flights to Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Mexico will be restricted to bottled water only, regardless of their cabin the airline will not offer alcohol, plastic cups, or ice. For long-haul international flights, Delta One and Premium Select customers will be served an entrພ, bread, and dessert, while Comfort+ and Main Cabin travelers will get an entrພ and dessert. All passengers will have "a full selection of beverage options," including booze.

According to its most recent press release, JetBlue is sticking to "pre-sealed snack bags and meals." Food & Wine has reached out to JetBlue for additional details.

Southwest has temporarily suspended all of its onboard beverage and snack services until further notice.


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How Airlines Are Dealing With The Coronavirus Outbreak

The year 2020 is going to be one of the most turbulent years for airlines due to the novel coronavirus outbreak. If you're like most people, your travel plans (and airline loyalty status) are in limbo. Hopefully, the skies will begin opening up again for the summer or fall travel season.

Until then, here are several updates for how airlines are handling the coronavirus pandemic. While airlines provide more guidance, the Department of Transportation (DOT) is clarifying airline refund policies as well.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - APRIL 03: Planes belonging to Delta Air Lines sit idle at Kansas City . [+] International Airport on April 03, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. U.S. carriers reported an enormous drop in bookings amid the spread of the coronavirus and are waiting for a government bailout to fight the impact. Delta lost almost $2 billion in March and parked half of its fleet in order to save money. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Delta Air Lines

As is usually the case, Delta Air Lines made the first move with loyalty program changes. It's good news in this case.

Delta is extending the Medallion members' elite status for 2020 through 2021. All Medallion Qualification Miles (MQMs) you earn in 2020 roll into 2021 to help qualify Medallion status in 2022.

Individual and executive Delta Sky Club memberships expiring on or after March 1, 2020, extend another six months. This makes it possible to enjoy Sky Club access through the end of 2020 or into mid-2021, depending on when your membership expires.

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6-Month Extensions for SkyMiles Perks

While SkyMiles don't expire, basic SkyMiles can enjoy special benefit extensions:

  • Upgrade Certificates and $200 travel vouchers with an expiration between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, now expire on December 31, 2020
  • Upgrade Certificates and $200 travel vouchers with an expiration between after June 30, 2020, are valid for an additional 6 months
  • SkyMiles Select members get an extra 6 months for priority boarding and unused drink vouchers

Delta SkyMiles American Express Credit Cards

Your one-time Delta Air Lines credit card benefits also have an extended expiration date:

  • $100 Delta flight credit has a 6-month extension
  • Companion certificates expiring between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020, must be used by December 31, 2020
  • Companion certificates expiring between July 1, 2020, and April 1, 2021, expire 6 months after the expiration date
  • One-time Delta Sky Club passes have a 6-month extension beyond the original expiration date

Flight credits normally expire one year after purchase. Delta is already waiving the change fees for flights that are canceled because of the coronavirus shutdown.

Qualifying scheduled flights in the spring of 2020 have flight credits that extend through May 31, 2022:

  • Booked upcoming travel booked in April or May 2020 by April 3, 2020
  • Existing e-Credits or canceled travel for flights in March, April, or May 2020

You have two years to rebook the flight you had planned for this spring.

Reduced Onboard Amenities

If you happen to fly Delta during this time, you will experience reduced in-flight amenities and services. You can still receive snacks and beverages on long-haul flights. Bedding is also available on long-haul international flights and laundered upon arrival at the destination. However, you won't find hot towel service, glassware, or non-essential literature on any flight.

United Airlines

You can also see status and benefit extensions with United Airlines. United Airlines is also extending current elite status benefits to January 31, 2022. If you don't have Premier status yet, the minimum qualifications are 50% lower for 2021.

Select flight bookings won't have change fees for 24 months from the issue date.

  • No change fee if scheduled to travel between March 10, 2020, and May 31, 2020
  • No change fee for any travel booked between March 3, 2020, and April 30, 2020

As of now, your change fee waiver can be valid through April 2022 if you book a flight this month and must reschedule. You should keep an eye on United's flight suspensions list to view all active routes.

Free Flights for Medical Volunteers

Medical volunteers can get free flights to the destination they serve courtesy of United. New York City is the current coronavirus epicenter. As more hotspots pop up across the country, United will offer free flights to these cities too.

Reduced Food and Beverage Service

Flights with food and beverage services are shifting to mostly prepackaged food and sealed beverages effective March 29, 2020. Pre-order meals and food for purchase are not available until further notice.

Special meals are not available except for Kosher meals on flights to or from Tel Aviv.

American Airlines

American Airlines AAdvantage elite status benefits don't have an extension or relaxed qualification standards yet. However, we may hear an update soon as Delta and United recently introduced their loyalty status extensions. You will see any new updates on American Airlines' coronavirus update page.

Similar to the other legacy carriers, American is reducing their food and beverage service during the coronavirus outbreak.

The change fee waiver currently extends to scheduled travel through May 31, 2020. You currently have up to one year to rebook your flight. American is also waiving the change fee for flights you book by April 30, 2020.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines is also following in the footsteps of Delta and United with benefit extensions. All Mileage Plan status levels expiring on December 31, 2020, extend into December 31, 2021. MVP Gold 75K members are not receiving an automatic 50,000-point bonus for 2021 (like they did in 2020). At least, not yet. But Alaska will be providing details on how Gold 75K members can earn bonus miles during the year.

The Mileage Plan elite miles earned between January 1, 2020, and April 30, 2020, will roll over into 2021. You can use these miles to help qualify for elite status for 2022.

You can also earn 50% more elite miles on qualifying flights between March 7, 2020, and May 31, 2020. This offer may extend into the summer if the most flights remain grounded. This promotion originally ended on April 11 and has been extended once.

Alaska Airlines Companion Fare

Having the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare from the Alaska Airlines Credit Card has an extended redemption period. You have until December 31, 2020, to redeem your fare for an upcoming flight. That means you have until November 26, 2021, for your companion to fly for $99 plus fees and taxes. You receive this perk with each card anniversary.

Waived Change and Cancellation Fees

Alaska is also extending the change fee waiver on qualifying ticket purchases. You have until February 28, 2021, to reschedule your flight. This fee waiver applies to flights with an original travel date between March 9, 2020, and May 31, 2020. The waiver also extends to tickets you purchase between February 27, 2020, and April 30, 2020.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines has some travel benefits stemming from the coronavirus outbreak as well. Southwest Airlines is letting you rebook flights scheduled through April 30 up to 60 days after the original schedule without paying the fare difference. Other airline change fee waivers may still have you pay the fare price difference.

Extended Expiration Dates for Travel Funds

Qualifying unused travel funds now expire on June 30, 2021:

  • Customer funds that have expired or will expire between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020
  • Any travel funds from flights you cancel between March 1, 2020, and June 30, 2020

You have an extra year (and maybe a few months) to use your travel funds for a new Southwest Airlines flight.

Airlines and flyers are both anxious to see the skies open up to normal flights again. Elite status and travel certificate extensions give us peace of mind if we can't easily rebook a flight in 2020. While we don't know when the novel coronavirus outbreak will dissipate, these airline status updates can give us some guidance for planning future trips.

Do airlines have elite status extensions because of the coronavirus outbreak?

Yes, most airlines are extending the frequent flyer loyalty status during the coronavirus outbreak. Domestic carriers are now extending elite status through 2021. If you have elite loyalty status in 2020, you have the same status level for all of 2021.

In some cases, elite miles are also rolling into 2021. This rollover gives you a headstart to achieve elite status for 2022.

How long do airline change fee waivers last?

Airline change fee waivers last either one year or two years depending on the carrier. As of April 7, 2020, you won't pay change fees on flights you book through April 30, 2020.

Delta and United Airlines currently have two of the most generous flight extension expiration dates. You won't pay a change fee when your new flights depart in the spring of 2022 or earlier. Other airlines are extending the change fee into 2021, giving you up to one year to rebook your flight.

The expiration date for your change fee depends on when you book your flight. Tickets booked starting March 1, 2020, or later have more flexible expiration dates for the change fee and cancellation waivers.

Do airline credit card benefits expire at your card anniversary?

Select airline credit card benefits that normally expire on your card anniversary may not be good through the rest of 2020. Some examples include flight credits, companion certificates, and one-time lounge passes.

The Delta Air Lines credit cards have the most extensive benefit extensions so far. Alaska Airlines is also letting its co-brand cardholders redeem their Companion Fare through December 31, 2020. This extension means you can book an Alaska Air flight through November 2021.

Other airline credit cards may follow suit if the flight suspensions extend further into the 2020 travel season.


American Airlines

American Airlines started halting alcohol service in the main cabin on domestic flights in April, but wine and cocktails are still available by request for those seated in first class and long-haul international flights. There will be no cocktail service pre-takeoff either, but pretzels or Biscoff cookies and bottled water will be available to those seated in the first class cabin. "The policy is to provide for minimal contact between flight attendants and customers, whenever possible," a spokesperson for American Airlines told TODAY via email.

On flights shorter than 2,200 miles, the airline is only offering beverages upon request and no food or snacks will be served. On longer flights, alcohol will not be served in the main cabin, but regular drink service will still be offered.

When asked why just alcohol was banned and not all drink service, a representative for the airline told TODAY that since alcohol purchases in the main cabin usually require payment, eliminating that offering was another way to reduce points of contact between crew members and guests.


Be entertained while you're on your way

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Special Update Regarding 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic

We are serving a limited selection of non-alcoholic beverages and snacks on flights over 250 miles, when available.

Free Entertainment

Enjoy movies, Live and One-Demand TV*, and texting via iMessage and WhatsApp, all for free in our Inflight Entertainment Portal**. There are no apps to download or sign-ups required. All you need is a compatible device and you're ready for takeoff!

For more information, visit southwest.com/wifi

* Due to licensing restrictions, on WiFi-enabled international flights Free Live TV and iHeartRadio may not be available for the full duration of flight.
** Available only on WiFi enabled aircraft.

Stay connected with Inflight Internet

Go online to check email, read the news, or snag a dinner reservation for just $8 all day, per device*. (And free for our A-List Preferred Members!)

We accept all major forms of payment: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, ApplePay, and PayPal. For more information, visit southwest.com/wifi

*Internet access for $8 a day, per device, where available, on WiFi-enabled aircraft. In order to provide the best experience, we block access to certain high-bandwidth applications, websites, and video conferencing services, including, but not limited to, Netflix, HBO Max, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams. In consideration of the public environment onboard, we also block potentially offensive online content.

Hello, extra roomy seat

Our eco-friendly Evolve cabin interiors were designed with a focus on sustainability, as well as providing maximum comfort and enhanced personal space. From carbon-neutral carpet and lighter E-Leather seats to more knee room and better lumbar support, our new modern look is both earth-friendly and you-friendly.

Fuel up with our tasty snacks

Pretzels are always complimentary, as well as an assorted list of non-alcoholic beverages. Complimentary Nabisco® Selections are available on select flights. Cocktails, beer, and wine may be purchased onboard with a valid ID and a major credit card (we don&rsquot accept cash).

View and print your drink receipt online

Our drink receipts are now 100% digital, so if you get thirsty and purchase a drink onboard, come back here to view and print your receipt.

Our Airplanes

Southwest Airlines is the world&rsquos largest operator of Boeing 737s. It is the only type of airplane we fly! This means that all of our Pilots, Flight Attendants, and Mechanics are trained and familiar with every airplane in our fleet. We believe our skilled professionals and our consistent, state-of-the-art fleet are two primary reasons that Southwest Airlines has one of the best operational safety records in the worldwide airline industry.

Your comfort is important to us. That is why, when we designed our aircraft interiors, we worked hard to provide a comfortable distance or pitch* between your seat and the seat in front of you. The chart below shows the number of seats in each Boeing 737 model we could fly if we provided less space for our Customers compared to the actual number of seats in the cabin. It will also give you an idea of what you can expect in terms of legroom.

Our aircraft have one aisle and one single cabin with three seats on each side of the aircraft. The first row of seats on each side is bulkhead seating.

B737-700 B737-800 and B737-MAX 8
Southwest Passenger Capacity 143 175
Maximum Passenger Capacity 149 189
Average Pitch 31&rdquo 32&rdquo
Narrowest Seat Width 15.5&rdquo 15.5&rdquo
Widest Seat Width 17.0&rdquo 17.8&rdquo
Movable Aisle Armrests All rows All rows except bulkhead (front)
Lavatories One forward and one rear One forward and two rear

*As defined by our aircraft manufacturer, seat pitch is determined by measuring the distance from any point on a seat to the same point on the seat directly in front of it.


Bring the right supplies (can you say…. air freshener?)

If you’re staying in a “regular” hotel room, cooking will require you to bring a few supplies with you. This can be tricky if you’re flying back and forth, but with a little bit of planning, you can still eat healthy in a hotel room.

The most crucial thing to bring for hotel room cooking is a rice cooker . There are a variety of “normal” (even kid-friendly!) recipes that you can make in a rice cooker that just need electricity. You can also cook in a hotel room using an Instant Pot. You might consider an electric kettle for boiling water for instant oatmeal (or something more creative), although most U.S. hotels offer free breakfast (and some offer an early-evening “manager’s reception” or “social hour,” which can amount to a free dinner ).

Besides the rice cooker or Instant Pot, here are some of the best supplies we found for cooking meals in a hotel room:

  • Small cutting board
  • Knife (again, this is tricky if you’re flying)
  • Measuring spoons or cups, depending on the recipe you use
  • Paper plates and bowls / paper towels
  • Utensils, including larger utensils, such as large mixing spoons, to help you make your recipe
  • Storage containers / Ziplock bags
  • Mixing bowl
  • Dish soap / sponge / scrubber (to clean up after yourself!)
  • Hand towels and/or pot holders

We packed all of our supplies in a large plastic tub, which doubled as a sink to wash dishes! Here’s a look at our hotel room cooking setup.


Looking To Drink For Free? 10 Airlines That Serve Free Alcohol


Long gone are the glory days of the glamorous, in-flight experiences for the average passenger. Oh, to have flown during the Golden Age of Travel when there were no long security lines or cramped seats. The inconveniences and annoyances of modern travel were far in the distance. And most importantly, to fly back then meant you could consume as much free booze as you pleased.
Today, of course, most airlines are cutting back on even the most basic of amenities. Coach passengers in particular are feeling the cutbacks. Airlines are nickel-and-diming passengers for everything from leg room to carry-on bags. They don’t even hand out free peanuts anymore!
However, to our surprise many popular airlines have continued to serve free alcohol—and not just in first class. These airlines know how to treat their passengers well and realize that a nice glass of wine can put people at ease, especially on those long-haul flights. Because really, most of the time in coach class you’re just trying to feel slightly better than uncomfortable.
Here, the 10 airlines that serve free alcohol in coach class:
1. American Airlines: American Airlines serves beer and wine for free on long-haul flights, but you still have to pay for liquor. Long-haul flights include any flights to Europe, Asia, and longer ones to Latin America. Unfortunately, for domestic flights you’ll have to shell out around $7 for a drink.
2. Delta: Delta once had the same policy as American with beer and wine free on international flights, excluding Canada. Now, liquor is now free as well. Oh, and if you’re flying on Delta Shuttle (East Coast to West Coast), drinks are free too.
3. Virgin Atlantic Airways: Perhaps the best in-flight drinking is on Virgin Atlantic. They offer a full range of complimentary alcoholic drinks on both domestic and international flights. Wine specialists Berry Brothers and Rudd of London curated the exceptional in-flight wine list. And now you can even toast your journey with a quarter bottle of Lanson Black Label Brut champagne—but for a price.
4. British Airways: British Airways always offers complimentary food and drinks on board, including alcoholic beverages, no matter which cabin you are in or what time of day you are flying.
5. Air France: This airline takes it to another level with complimentary champagne on long-haul international flights—the only airline to do so in all cabins. The wines and champagnes were selected by Olivier Poussier, one of the world’s top sommeliers. A particularly French experience if we do say so.
6. China Airlines: Free alcohol is served on flights longer than three hours and all international flights. On shorter domestic flights only expect to be served coffee, tea, and water.
7. Air Canada: Domestic flights don’t include free spirits, but on international flights you are able to sit back and enjoy a cocktail free of charge.
8. Lufthansa: All drinks are completely complimentary for all flights and all passengers in any classes. As Germany is famous for it’s love of beer, there are certainly more than a few good German beers on offer to help you get through the flight.
9. Singapore: SIA is rumored to spend 10 percent more on food and beverages per passenger than other airlines, which can be seen in the wonderful service the airline provides. Feel free to test flight attendants’ impressive knowledge of the in-flight cocktails and wine lists, which are customized by itinerary to include local bottles that correspond to the route.
10. Emirates: This airline offers a superb wine list featuring some of the world’s finest wines, champagnes, and ports from the many world-famous-wine producing regions across its vast route network. All but champagnes are available to economy class passengers without charge. However, alcohol is not served on flights to Saudi Arabia, which is standard for most airlines.
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