Prepare your drink budgets: The price of alcohol is going up, by $1 across the board, on October 1st. @TheForwardCabin was the first to break the news:
— Jamie Larounis (@TheForwardCabin) September 25, 2018
According to One Mile at a Time, American Airlines says that the price creases will “help continue the investment” they’ve made in “more craft beer choices, premium liquor and new wines onboard.”
The price increase comes on the heels of free alcohol in Main Cabin Extra prompting many FlyerTalkers to wonder if economy is paying the price for MCE’s upgrade.
This price increase, of course, doesn’t effect drinks that are free. American Airlines flights to and from Europe, Asia, select destinations in Latin American and flights between Dallas and Hawaii will still enjoy free beer and wine.
Beer, wine and spirits will remain free on flights to and from Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, and Auckland.