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Air Canada Super Elite members will receive complimentary in-flight refreshments

Air Canada Super Elite members will receive complimentary in-flight refreshments

Old Oct 26, 20, 5:28 pm
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Air Canada Super Elite members will receive complimentary in-flight refreshments

Air Canada Super Elite members will receive complimentary in-flight refreshments (https://onemileatatime.com/air-canad...snack-economy/)

Is this accurate?
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Old Oct 26, 20, 5:44 pm
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Originally Posted by aircanada_loyal View Post
Air Canada Super Elite members will receive complimentary in-flight refreshments (https://onemileatatime.com/air-canad...snack-economy/)

Is this accurate?
Seems to be!

https://www.aircanada.com/content/da...enefits_en.pdf
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Old Oct 26, 20, 6:38 pm
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Take note of your title being plural and in the benefits it being singular...The 7 drinks for free that some will hope for will not be the case
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Old Oct 26, 20, 7:45 pm
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Old Oct 26, 20, 8:24 pm
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I would rather have free wifi (that is not a benefit option)
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Old Oct 27, 20, 11:00 pm
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For the novices like me, is a maybe $40 of free drinks honestly a big deal to SE holders? As a comparison, I happily go outside the MLL if I want an actual meal (which with a drink costs that much) to avoid the MLL "food" offering .
Am I an outlier?
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Old Oct 27, 20, 11:31 pm
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Originally Posted by FlY2XS View Post
For the novices like me, is a maybe $40 of free drinks honestly a big deal to SE holders? As a comparison, I happily go outside the MLL if I want an actual meal (which with a drink costs that much) to avoid the MLL "food" offering .
Am I an outlier?
I could probably create a 100-page presentation on this topic, but here are two perspectives:

1) the "rational" argument:

We all need to eat and drink. How much is a free drink and snack worth? Multiple drinks and snacks? Free flowing drinks and a solid selection of snacks and real food?

Each person will put a different price tag on benefits such as lounge access, a "free" drink/snack etc., but let's say most FFers will value the above anywhere between $5 and $100.

Multiply that by the number of flights an average SE takes per year (in Y), and the figure may comprise a non-insignificant % of the money spent on airfare per year.

2) the "emotional" argument:

Some FFers like the idea of not being nickel-and dimed. Some may feel special if they get something others don't. A free drink and snack may be the only positive thing in a FFer's day. For many a drink (or two) entails a sense of relaxation etc.

FWIW, I have booked many high-end / luxury trips/cruises for clients, and given a choice between a $10000 cruise and a $10500 cruise that includes drinks (everything else being equal), 9/10 will choose the latter.
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Old Oct 28, 20, 5:16 am
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I like this as it will make the flight attendants thank the SE for there loyalty. If I am taking a shorter flight and getting to eat an air Canada pizza will be better then going to the lounge for food. Does the drinks stack up, if I book comfort and SE do I get 2 drinks?
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Old Oct 28, 20, 8:28 am
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Here is my take

I find a lot of these perks (free drinks, etc) great when I am NOT traveling for work. If I am on a personal trip, it is a real benefit. I am sure many of us get to expense BOB or whatever we eat while on the road.

How I can take a trip with my wife and we can enjoy some inexpensive Y class wine (If we don't fly in J) and save a few bucks.

That is a nice value-add
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Old Oct 28, 20, 11:48 am
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I'm in the not wanting to be nickeled and dimed camp.

And while yes, I could expense things, there is some upper limit. Its all nods and winks and billed through so no one cares except that one guy... Id just as soon stock up on "free" things, airline and hotel lounges, and play the price is right expense game with actually quality product (nothing in any airport anywhere qualifying)
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Old Oct 28, 20, 1:20 pm
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Anyone know if this applies to AC express? Notably any AC flights without a J cabin...
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Old Oct 28, 20, 2:19 pm
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Originally Posted by Nitehawk View Post
Anyone know if this applies to AC express? Notably any AC flights without a J cabin...
Mainline, express and rouge, although I suspect it's only available on flights that offer BOB.
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Old Oct 28, 20, 5:02 pm
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Better than nothing at all.
IIRC, many of us expressed strong interest in this the last few years, and now we have it. (well, eventually)
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Old Oct 28, 20, 5:07 pm
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One thing no one here has brought up so far: the $6.95 cap. Weren't most alcoholic beverages more than that (been a long time since I looked at the menu)? If so, to what is this actually going to entitle an SE, a Canadian?

Originally Posted by caziz View Post
Take note of your title being plural and in the benefits it being singular... The 7 drinks for free that some will hope for will not be the case
Those two things are not necessarily contradictory. An SE presumably will take multiple flights on which they'll be eligible for this benefit, so one refreshment (singular) translates to receiving complimentary in-flight refreshments (plural) throughout the year of SE status

Originally Posted by FlY2XS View Post
For the novices like me, is a maybe $40 of free drinks honestly a big deal to SE holders? As a comparison, I happily go outside the MLL if I want an actual meal (which with a drink costs that much) to avoid the MLL "food" offering .
Am I an outlier?
$40? I think you underestimate how much many SEs fly and/or drink

Then again, if turboprop flights aren't eligible, many SEs may not have much of a chance to get a lot of value out of it after all.

Last edited by Adam Smith; Oct 28, 20 at 6:56 pm Reason: Fixed quote
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Old Oct 28, 20, 5:21 pm
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Originally Posted by Adam Smith View Post
One thing no one here has brought up so far: the $6.95 cap. Weren't most alcoholic beverages more than that (been a long time since I looked at the menu)? If so, to what is this actually going to entitle an SE, a Canadian?
Page 9 on https://drive.google.com/file/d/1EUr...MnjHNQYUb/view (yes, I keep a copy in Google Drive, which works out well now since they seem to have pulled it from their site).

The basic red/white wine, Canadian / Coors Light, and any liquor other than JW / Glenlivet / Grey Goose.
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