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New refrigerators filled with food for purchase at various admirals clubs

New refrigerators filled with food for purchase at various admirals clubs

Old Apr 16, 21, 8:51 pm
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New refrigerators filled with food for purchase at various admirals clubs

Iíve noticed in the past week at clubs in both DFW and MIA that there appear to be new refrigerators in the clubs with self service food for purchase. It looks like you swipe your credit card and then some sort of camera system or something detects what you took and charges your card. Has anyone else noticed these and tried them? Was the food better than other options?
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Old Apr 16, 21, 9:03 pm
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Saw the device at the MIA Admiral's Club last weekend. Watched lots of passengers walk up to it.....look....walk away. No takers.
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Old Apr 16, 21, 9:12 pm
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They just installed them a couple months ago at MIA. DFW has had them for 6+ months, I'd guess. I think a number of people (including myself) walk up to the fridge wondering if it's free stuff and then walk away upon realizing it's for purchase. If I'm gonna buy stuff in the AC, I'd rather order it... but nothing wrong with having the option of a vending machine.
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Old Apr 16, 21, 9:18 pm
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I've seen at DFW A club as well. I've taken a look. Seemed to be similar to 7-11/Hudson News (convenience store) food....prepackaged and chilled sandwiches, salads, etc. I'd rather order something freshly made.
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Old Apr 16, 21, 10:40 pm
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Was it better than the to-go items they were giving out at LAX during the club renovations? Or are the Admiral's Clubs now getting Spiritized too?
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Old Apr 16, 21, 11:12 pm
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Yup, pretty goofy. Here's CLT in March 2021.


CLT Admirals Club March 2021
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Old Apr 17, 21, 2:09 am
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Oh yay, microtransactions in the club. Hopefully people keep looking without purchasing and the margins don't work out.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 5:03 am
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Reminds me of them trying to turn the club into an airberlin waiting area, but now you have to pay for anything you touch in top of that.

they shouldnít be charging for soft drinks.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 6:38 am
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Why not put a vending machine in then?

I also don't understand how Coke products could be "made fresh daily".
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Old Apr 17, 21, 6:44 am
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This would be unheard of among reputable airlines.

the cheapness of US based airlines is hair raising.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 7:29 am
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All those items should be free.

time to bring back the AC. Get with the program cheap AA.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 7:35 am
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I saw these at the CLT club. I think people are seeing these wrong; they're not substitutes necessarily for food items in the Club. They are there to provide passengers with the option of buying items to take on board the plane - especially when service on the plane is extremely limited. It looks awkward but I see the business case for them. Why stop at Hudson News or Burger King to buy something en route to the gate when you can do it while sitting at the A/C.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 8:29 am
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
I saw these at the CLT club. I think people are seeing these wrong; they're not substitutes necessarily for food items in the Club. They are there to provide passengers with the option of buying items to take on board the plane - especially when service on the plane is extremely limited. It looks awkward but I see the business case for them. Why stop at Hudson News or Burger King to buy something en route to the gate when you can do it while sitting at the A/C.
People who use Admirals Clubs already are paying premium. Instead of being cheap and finding ways to rip passengers off, American Airlines should apologize for cutting back in-flight services and offering take out food to passengers for no extra charge.

Again, passengers who use AC already have paid premium, and get ripped off in return.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 8:29 am
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
I saw these at the CLT club. I think people are seeing these wrong; they're not substitutes necessarily for food items in the Club. They are there to provide passengers with the option of buying items to take on board the plane - especially when service on the plane is extremely limited. It looks awkward but I see the business case for them. Why stop at Hudson News or Burger King to buy something en route to the gate when you can do it while sitting at the A/C.
IMO, it would be wiser to give them away on request. Your AC members largely are business and regular travelers, ones that contribute extensively to your margins.
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Old Apr 17, 21, 8:30 am
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Originally Posted by IADCAflyer View Post
Why stop at Hudson News or Burger King to buy something en route to the gate when you can do it while sitting at the A/C.
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