This week it was announced that United Airlines would bring back free beer, wine, and liquor after several others already offer it. When you first hear the headline it doesn’t tell you that it’s only for long haul international flights. United has had consistently low ratings compared to other airlines. They think that offering the same thing as some of their competitors will launch them back into the running for competition.
This change will happen on June 1st of this year. Along with the alcohol they will start offering better food. United describes it as a “hearty three course meal”, but you can also still buy their regular snacks. The alcohol and upgraded meal will both be complimentary however.
When airlines serve complimentary alcohol though people often don’t know when to stop, and I can think of nothing worse than someone on a long flight that you then have to listen to for hours on end. Not to mention that it can cause danger for themselves, other passengers, and the crew. The airlines are trying to get stronger guidelines to where people who make a ruckus can be arrested in the place in which they land.
United offers a wide selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, and it seems they are already free with premium tickets, but the new rule will even include economy tickets.
The one thing everyone is wondering though is will airline ticket prices go up in order to cover the complimentary meal and drinks, and my best guess is you can almost guarantee it!