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RUMOR-"Busted?": Free alcohol returns to TPAC on Jan 1, 2015

RUMOR-"Busted?": Free alcohol returns to TPAC on Jan 1, 2015

Old Dec 9, 14, 10:30 am
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RUMOR-"Busted?": Free alcohol returns to TPAC on Jan 1, 2015

Apologies if I missed this in another thread somewhere -- couldn't find one searching, and I've been bouncing all over Asia for the last few weeks, so I haven't been reading FT consistently!

Had a UA TPAC flight returning home yesterday, and was hanging in the galley chatting with the FAs for part of the trip. The FAs indicated they'd just heard that they would no longer be charging for alcohol back in the economy cabin starting January 1.

They weren't clear on whether this was just beer/wine or all alcohol. But indicated that this up-sell had not been a success on the TPAC routes, and that the FAs had been pushing for this too, as they were embarrassed to be nickel-and-diming upset Asian travelers on a 13-hour flight for a can of beer.

Given that we're already well into December, I'd expect some kind of official announcement soon (if I didn't already miss it)!
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Old Dec 9, 14, 10:31 am
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Woo hoo! (Take that enthusiasm for real only if they extend this to TATL flights as well )
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Old Dec 9, 14, 10:40 am
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Yes, free beer/wine is returning in 2015.

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Old Dec 9, 14, 10:44 am
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Huzzah for long distance Y flyers! Nothing like crawling back from product downgrade mistakes and re-joining the competition.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 10:45 am
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i dont believe it includes liquor. I believe it is wine/beer only.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 10:50 am
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I stand corrected about admitting a mistake and re-joining the competition
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Old Dec 9, 14, 11:11 am
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Originally Posted by UA-NYC View Post
I stand corrected about admitting a mistake and re-joining the competition
You got mighty excited there! But remember it would not be "savvy" to admit a mistake, better to try to only give part of it back, justify the original decision.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 11:42 am
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You got mighty excited there! But remember it would not be "savvy" to admit a mistake, better to try to only give part of it back, justify the original decision.
I could give a crap either way as if I'm flying UA long-haul, it's going to be in J (preferably award/upgrade and not paid!) I just think it's continually embarrassing that they're so chintzy in small areas.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 11:51 am
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Originally Posted by UA-NYC View Post
I stand corrected about admitting a mistake and re-joining the competition
What do you mean? DL had free drinks in E+ on all int'l flights (including Mexico/Canada/Caribbean), and now they've announced free drinks in E+ systemwide (including domestic).

UA is still a step behind, as they always are.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:07 pm
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actually I appreciated the alcohol charge on the TPAC (syd to sfo/lax)
the lack of boozy noisy partying pax was a distinct advantage.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:11 pm
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It's a small but welcome change (75% of the way back to what we had before, but I guess a step in the right direction).

I was lucky and was in J for all but one TPAC segment this year, but I've found in general that half the time, the FAs I've had in Y, even domestically, discreetly refuse payment for booze--and often even refuse to take my drink chits. The other half of the time, they are almost over-the-top apologetic about asking for payment (until I say "not to worry!" and give them my drink chit, and they are visibly relieved).
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:27 pm
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Originally Posted by Darlox View Post
Apologies if I missed this in another thread somewhere -- couldn't find one searching, and I've been bouncing all over Asia for the last few weeks, so I haven't been reading FT consistently!

Had a UA TPAC flight returning home yesterday, and was hanging in the galley chatting with the FAs for part of the trip. The FAs indicated they'd just heard that they would no longer be charging for alcohol back in the economy cabin starting January 1.

They weren't clear on whether this was just beer/wine or all alcohol. But indicated that this up-sell had not been a success on the TPAC routes, and that the FAs had been pushing for this too, as they were embarrassed to be nickel-and-diming upset Asian travelers on a 13-hour flight for a can of beer.

Given that we're already well into December, I'd expect some kind of official announcement soon (if I didn't already miss it)!
Gee, more booze in the cabin where people complain about service. What could go wrong there?

Originally Posted by grapegrower View Post
actually I appreciated the alcohol charge on the TPAC (syd to sfo/lax)
the lack of boozy noisy partying pax was a distinct advantage.
I believe that eventually airlines are going to be forced to stop all alcohol service on a plane. Kind of like some baseball parks are banning it. One too many fights. And one too many lawsuits by someone injured by a drunk.
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:35 pm
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Good news - free wine and beer.

Bad news - it's Thunderbird and Milwaukee's Best
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:36 pm
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Originally Posted by grapegrower View Post
the lack of boozy noisy partying pax was a distinct advantage.
Originally Posted by Tchiowa View Post
Gee, more booze in the cabin where people complain about service. What could go wrong there?
Wow... you guys must fly at different times than me. I've been flying TPAC 5-6 times annually for at least the last 7 years. Compared to domestic flights to LAS, I have never once been on anything I'd even remotely classify as a "rowdy" TPAC party-flight on any airline, much less UA.

In my experience, booze is a handy sleep-aid on flights where attaining unconsciousness is a harder and harder thing to do, the more uncomfortable airlines' interiors get!
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Old Dec 9, 14, 12:38 pm
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Originally Posted by Darlox View Post
The FAs indicated they'd just heard that they would no longer be charging for alcohol back in the economy cabin starting January 1.
This is good news.

Now, if it is true, why isn't it effectively immediately? This is actually an expansion of business/service, so no one can claim any need to prepare for this. It's different when you say you're going to start charging - then people may need to plan to bring vouchers/money/cc.

BTW, I have not been so lucky to have FAs overlook the need for a drink coupon - every order they hand me the beverage with one hand and pull up the CC machine with the other -- even as I pause, looking hopeful they won't.
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