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Offers of a Pre-Departure Beverage (PDB) [2019 and Earlier]

Offers of a Pre-Departure Beverage (PDB) [2019 and Earlier]

Old Nov 3, 18, 8:16 pm
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Originally Posted by pcoll View Post

wonder if it is “new” policy for pmVX flights or just another pmVX FA who really doesn’t care. Been running into quite a few of those on our last 4 flights. They seem to have an edge lately.
The VX F/A yesterday didn't provide anything prior to departure, even though boarding began 40+ minutes in advance. When the passenger next to me asked, he brought two water bottles with a scowl. Later when asked about it, he said it was new Alaska policy not to serve PDBs and that they had also eliminated desserts and snacks except for premium transcon routes.
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Old Nov 3, 18, 8:22 pm
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Originally Posted by VegasGambler View Post
So strange though, because on VX the booze was flowing pre-takeoff. They'd bring you two if you were fast (or a double, even without asking, if they knew you and knew you'd finish it)

Once we had a tarmac delay (SFO-LAS; ground stop in LAS). We ate all the food and made a pretty good dent in the bar (I'm shocked that they load that much for such a short flight). Best delay ever -- way better than waiting in a terminal.
Same experience for me with pmVX crews. They were trained to go out of their way in providing PDBs and making a strong first impression. Most still do that. It's been my experience with pmAS crews who at most will give out PDchamps and at worst, sometimes not even a PD bottle of water.
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Old Nov 3, 18, 9:16 pm
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So it's now past November 1st, did coffee get added to water before 10am and sparkling wine after 10am?

No More Predeparture Drinks in First Class
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Old Nov 3, 18, 9:24 pm
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This is old news and discussed in length months ago. If pnVX FA are still providing Alcoholic PDB, it is against AS policy. Period!

Keep reporting your successes, AS reads this thread too.

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Old Nov 3, 18, 9:50 pm
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Originally Posted by rustykettel View Post
So it's now past November 1st, did coffee get added to water before 10am and sparkling wine after 10am?

No More Predeparture Drinks in First Class
I was offered Coffee on my morning ANC-FAI this week ^
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Old Nov 3, 18, 9:52 pm
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I was offered Coffee on my morning ANC-FAI this week ^
That's reason enough to fly AS on this ultra-competitive route!
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Old Nov 3, 18, 10:43 pm
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... AS reads this threat too.
REALLY hoping that’s just a typo
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Old Nov 3, 18, 10:50 pm
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I was offered Coffee on my morning ANC-FAI this week ^
Ravn gives you cookies. But that means you have to fly Ravn.
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Old Nov 4, 18, 1:30 am
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Originally Posted by sltlyamusd View Post
The VX F/A yesterday didn't provide anything prior to departure, even though boarding began 40+ minutes in advance. When the passenger next to me asked, he brought two water bottles with a scowl. Later when asked about it, he said it was new Alaska policy not to serve PDBs and that they had also eliminated desserts and snacks except for premium transcon routes.

This ”gentleman” was sadly misleading you. Snacks are available on every flight. And just so we can end this debate once and for all, the company-wide policy for both Boeing and Airbus crews is PDB service consists of water, juice or coffee in the mornings and water, juice or Prosecco the rest of the day. Anyone not doing this is not following procedure.
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Old Nov 4, 18, 3:32 am
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Originally Posted by jrl767 View Post

REALLY hoping that’s just a typo
Yes, fat thumb syndrome. Corrected!

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Old Nov 4, 18, 7:21 am
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Originally Posted by VXCabinCrew View Post



This ”gentleman” was sadly misleading you. Snacks are available on every flight. And just so we can end this debate once and for all, the company-wide policy for both Boeing and Airbus crews is PDB service consists of water, juice or coffee in the mornings and water, juice or Prosecco the rest of the day. Anyone not doing this is not following procedure.
Thank you! Hopefully it'll be consistent across the fleet now.

It'll be interesting to see if the AS side follows through with it, it would seem to be the biggest change for them yet in this regard.
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Old Nov 4, 18, 10:28 am
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Just boarded a flight from SEA to BNA and they offered coffee or orange juice during boarding (water bottles at the seats). This has been fairly consistent for most of my morning Alaska flights in the last few months. Someone in the row ahead of me asked for a mimosa and they politely told him he’d have to wait until we were in the air
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Old Nov 4, 18, 10:57 am
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Originally Posted by VXCabinCrew View Post



This ”gentleman” was sadly misleading you. Snacks are available on every flight. And just so we can end this debate once and for all, the company-wide policy for both Boeing and Airbus crews is PDB service consists of water, juice or coffee in the mornings and water, juice or Prosecco the rest of the day. Anyone not doing this is not following procedure.
Thank you VXCabinCrew. It is great to get definitive answer on these questions. We rarely get actual policy confirmed. Seems FA’s use excuse of “policy” to support their service habits. Our next 3 flights are on pmVX equipment (barring a swap).
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Old Nov 4, 18, 11:12 am
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Originally Posted by pcoll View Post

Thank you VXCabinCrew. It is great to get definitive answer on these questions. We rarely get actual policy confirmed. Seems FA’s use excuse of “policy” to support their service habits. Our next 3 flights are on pmVX equipment (barring a swap).
Well, now you can tell them that you know the exact policy from a company insider 😂 These integrations always present some inconsistencies and it’ll probably take a while for it all to smooth out. Both the Boeing and Airbus sides are learning new service protocols then what they’ve been used to.
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Old Nov 4, 18, 10:12 pm
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Originally Posted by VXCabinCrew View Post



This ”gentleman” was sadly misleading you. Snacks are available on every flight. And just so we can end this debate once and for all, the company-wide policy for both Boeing and Airbus crews is PDB service consists of water, juice or coffee in the mornings and water, juice or Prosecco the rest of the day. Anyone not doing this is not following procedure.
Currently on 1919 LAS-SFO, and I was offered sparkling wine. No water, no juice.

It's my first flight on AS (and I've never flown Virgin), so I have nothing to compare it to. There was a bottle of water at my seat though. It was like Delta, only worse. It's a sad day when I start thinking United is the best in the US.
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