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Old Jun 6, 12, 2:56 pm
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ARCHIVE: Admirals Club Drinks /Spirits Offerings & Policies

May be switching to AA if we move to Dallas, and was wondering about (non-premium) alcoholic beverage policy at Admiral's Clubs. The literature at aa.com mentions this: "Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits".

But I've also seen mention of drink coupons and there being a limit to the number per visitor on trip reports, etc. What is the low-down on this policy?
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Old Jun 6, 12, 2:58 pm
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Originally Posted by gsupstate View Post
May be switching to AA if we move to Dallas, and was wondering about (non-premium) alcoholic beverage policy at Admiral's Clubs. The literature at aa.com mentions this: "Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits".

But I've also seen mention of drink coupons and there being a limit to the number per visitor on trip reports, etc. What is the low-down on this policy?
They changed the policy recently. It used to be a cash bar, except for those that received coupons upon check-in at the club, such as int'l premium-cabin passengers.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:01 pm
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I've put the "limit" theory to the test quite often.. and have not been cut off. ^

However, I am sure they of course have the right to cut you off if they feel you are over the limit or choose not to serve you for whatever reason.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:02 pm
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Originally Posted by gsupstate View Post
May be switching to AA if we move to Dallas, and was wondering about (non-premium) alcoholic beverage policy at Admiral's Clubs. The literature at aa.com mentions this: "Complimentary house wine, beer and spirits".

But I've also seen mention of drink coupons and there being a limit to the number per visitor on trip reports, etc. What is the low-down on this policy?
The house stuff is indeed free for everyone.

The chits (usually two) are given for the premium stuff and handed out to F/J "international" passengers, EXPs and PLTS on international coach itineraries, and to non-AA oneworld elites traveling on domestic itineraries.

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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:04 pm
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Originally Posted by ssafro1 View Post
I've put the "limit" theory to the test quite often.. and have not been cut off. ^

However, I am sure they of course have the right to cut you off if they feel you are over the limit or choose not to serve you for whatever reason.
I'm sure if you offer the proverbial $1 with your drink order you'll be in good shape.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:15 pm
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The house stuff is indeed free for everyone.

The chits (usually two) are given for the premium stuff and handed out to F/J "international" passengers and to non-AA oneworld elites traveling on domestic itineraries.
Although the standard hand-out is two, I usually ask for more (chits) upon entering the club. I've never been refused and usually am asked "How many would you like?"
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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:15 pm
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Thanks for the quick replies! The trip report I recently read may have been an older one, as I don't think this person was in a premium cabin (and was on a domestic flight). He said on that trip that he was allowed 2 drinks/coupons at an LAX club and only one at a DFW club.

It appears AC may have liberalized their "house" alcohol policy, which is more in line with Skyclubs, which we're used to.

Thanks again all!
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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:16 pm
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chits can be used for chandon sparkling wine, more expensive reds/whites, and top shelf liquors, along with espress/capucino and bottled water (usually poland spring and perrier).
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Old Jun 6, 12, 3:53 pm
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If your used to the Sky Club you will be disappointed with the "free" AC drinks. McCormick instead of Skyy for the vodka.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 4:07 pm
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If your used to the Sky Club you will be disappointed with the "free" AC drinks. McCormick instead of Skyy for the vodka.
You ought to see what I buy when no one else is looking!!
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Old Jun 6, 12, 7:30 pm
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If your used to the Sky Club you will be disappointed with the "free" AC drinks. McCormick instead of Skyy for the vodka.
...but I bet the majority of people cannot tell the difference after six or seven drinks.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 7:33 pm
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The general rule is that well brand stuff is free, and call brand stuff is available for an extra charge.

The exception is that there may be some locations where local liquor laws don't allow them to give away free booze.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 7:54 pm
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You may wish to check this thread: Lists of Complimentary / Well Alcoholic Beverages Available at Admirals Clubs.

Premium drinks (and a number of meal items) are available for payment, and premium drinks are available via chits (primarily for oneworld Sapphire and Emerald members flying internationally that day).

For Emeralds and First Class passengers flying allowed international and transcon routes, some locations offer Flagship Lounges, with more extensive free offerings.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 7:58 pm
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I had no idea anything at the bar was free without a coupon. Sad to say, I used my "chits" at MIA for two bottles of pure spring water. They are still in my refrigerator as we speak.
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Old Jun 6, 12, 8:46 pm
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Originally Posted by trebex View Post
I had no idea anything at the bar was free without a coupon. Sad to say, I used my "chits" at MIA for two bottles of pure spring water. They are still in my refrigerator as we speak.
No worries. Bottles of water aren't free so you put your chits to good use.
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