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United Club changes (drinks and Wifi) - Sept/Oct. 2013

United Club changes (drinks and Wifi) - Sept/Oct. 2013

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Old Sep 11, 13, 12:03 am
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Bud Light - Free


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I've never ordered any beer with the word 'Light' in it in my life.

That is the SOLE beer offering at all USA RCC's now?

They have got to be kidding?

I can just see the barman trying to explain to a German or Swede or anyone who likes a real beer, on a $6,000 ticket, that is the ONLY complimentary choice he gets in his 2 hour club visit. Insane.

Great way to lose even more high end business to carriers who offer a real flying experience from boarding to Clubs to attentive FA's service.

Foreign travelers tend to avoid even regular Budweiser, so this is just madness.

Having Becks or Heineken or another choice is most wise.

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Old Sep 11, 13, 12:07 am
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There are other beer offerings in the club... for a few extra bucks
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Old Sep 11, 13, 12:11 am
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Originally Posted by mrjay View Post

There are other beer offerings in the club... for a few extra bucks
There are other carrier choices too, and not always a few bucks more.

This is the kind of absurd nickel and diming that is losing top end fliers in droves to United. This one just takes the cake.

"Bud Light" or "Bud Light" is your complimentary choice today Sir.

I'd hate to be a bartender in the coming months.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 12:38 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
There are other carrier choices too, and not always a few bucks more.

This is the kind of absurd nickel and diming that is losing top end fliers in droves to United. This one just takes the cake.

"Bud Light" or "Bud Light" is your complimentary choice today Sir.

I'd hate to be a bartender in the coming months.
I agree with you 100%. Since my club membership has 8 months left on it, I will ante up a few bucks for a premium beer like what I got for free last week, because to me Bud or Bud Lite tastes like how I imagine horse piss would taste. Heck, I'll even tip the bartender a couple bucks and will refrain from griping about the cost to him/her.

But, I will not be renewing club membership next year even if I choose to continue flying UA.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 12:51 am
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Yes I feel sorry for the bartenders. This nickel and dime lunacy is not of their making, and tips are the mainstay of their income. I would not stiff these guys for dumb decisions upon high.

I recall when that quantum leap occurred a few years ago, when booze was finally FREE in RCC - after decades of charging for it all. (Gasp - now THERE is a novel market leading concept - free drinks in a Business Lounge!) Before that one needed drink chits or cash.

There were a few limited and petty lame beer offerings at that time, but things like Sam Adams etc were pretty soon among them, and a few acceptable choices were on offer. Fine.

I have no huge issue with charging for premium liquor and premium wine - that's mildly OK as long as some basic choices are still free in each case.

But Bud Light and only Bud Light - that is a disaster thought bubble. UA has lots of those in recent years. Barely thought through mind explosions by someone, and not work-shopped via folks with brains.

Anything with the word "Light" or "Lite" on the label simply does not pass for beer to the great bulk of beer drinkers. Period.

The cost to UA to have an "international" looking full strength name choice as well, like Heineken is near zero extra per glass. Each keg costs the same to them.

Lets hope those emails keep on going to the Brass.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 12:53 am
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Originally Posted by mrjay View Post
I agree with you 100%. Since my club membership has 8 months left on it, I will ante up a few bucks for a premium beer like what I got for free last week, because to me Bud or Bud Lite tastes like how I imagine horse piss would taste. Heck, I'll even tip the bartender a couple bucks and will refrain from griping about the cost to him/her.
+1! I absolutely refuse to drink Bud and might just fork over the price for better beer since I just renewed my membership in June (which I'm of course now very disappointed about doing). Having complimentary local brews on tap was one of my favorite features of the UCs till now.

Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
Lets hope those emails keep on going to the Brass. .
If everyone else is with me I say we not only start emailing the club address but let's start spamming Jeff's inbox about this as well.

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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:00 am
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The WIKI does not make it clear to me as I focused only on Beers, as in Clubs that is what I generally drink.

Am I to understand NO choices of complimentary red/white/sparking or spirits are now offered?

Or are the WIKI notes outlining only the "premium" offerings and cost?
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:07 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
The WIKI does not make it clear to me as I focused only on Beers, as in Clubs that is what I generally drink.

Am I to understand NO choices of complimentary red/white/sparking or spirits are now offered?

Or are the WIKI notes outlining only the "premium" offerings and cost?
Shot of Bailey's for your coffee? $6, please. I'm gonna keep the little bottles from the plane, refill 'em at home and serve myself, thank you.

I'm thinking they're gonna lose more in membership dollars than they're gonna make selling booze.

What next? Put the minimal food offerings into a vending machine?
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:15 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
The WIKI does not make it clear to me as I focused only on Beers, as in Clubs that is what I generally drink.

Am I to understand NO choices of complimentary red/white/sparking or spirits are now offered?

Or are the WIKI notes outlining only the "premium" offerings and cost?
Dude, chillax, the Wiki is not some kind of magical official thing. I just pasted some stuff in there like a couple of hours ago. There's still free wine and liquor, but no one has filled it in. Feel free to look through the thread and do so.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:19 am
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Originally Posted by mgcsinc View Post

Dude, chillax, the Wiki is not some kind of magical official thing. I just pasted some stuff in there like a couple of hours ago. There's still free wine and liquor, but no one has filled it in. Feel free to look through the thread and do so.
Sorry, I do not have the 8 hours to read all 450 posts on this thread. @:-)

I'd suggest the WIKI adds a note there ARE free wine/spirit choices, as not all members have all day to read all posts to discover that.

Free "Bud Light: is mentioned and nothing on the others.

UA does so many stupid short sighted things these days no free wine would not have surprised me at all.

So I assume that there MIGHT be beers other than Bud Light after all?
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:21 am
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
Sorry, I do not have the 8 hours to read all 450 posts on this thread. @:-)

I'd suggest the WIKI adds a note there ARE free wine/spirit choices, as not all members have all day to read all posts to discover that.

Free "Bud Light: is mentioned and nothing on the others.

UA does so many stupid things these days no free win would not have surprised me at all.
Anyone can edit the wiki @:-)
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Originally Posted by ozstamps View Post
Sorry, I do not have the 8 hours to read all 450 posts on this thread. @:-)

I'd suggest the WIKI adds a note there ARE free wine/spirit choices, as not all members have all day to read all posts to discover that.

Free "Bud Light: is mentioned and nothing on the others.

UA does so many stupid short sighted things these days no free wine would not have surprised me at all.

So I assume that there MIGHT be beers other than Bud Light after all?
Feel free to make any edits to the wiki that you see fit. That's kinda the point.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:30 am
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Shot of Bailey's for your coffee? $6, please. I'm gonna keep the little bottles from the plane, refill 'em at home and serve myself, thank you.

I'm thinking they're gonna lose more in membership dollars than they're gonna make selling booze.

What next? Put the minimal food offerings into a vending machine?
Expect a recruiting call from Jeff tomorrow AM... That is just the kind of bold, outta the box thinking that UA needs in order to keep this loyalty renaissance moving forward.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 1:32 am
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If I remember correctly, the lounge at RGN only had one beer as well.
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Old Sep 11, 13, 2:44 am
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I know it was in here, but I must've missed it among the large thread. Does anyone know what whiskeys are free?
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