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Free beer at American Airlines

September 21, 2010

American Airlines sent Rocky the following email:

As a valued Admirals Club® member, we want you to be the first to know that beginning October 1, 2010, American will offer alcoholic beverages, including wine, beer and spirits, free of charge to customers visiting any of our domestic clubs, in addition to complimentary coffee, tea, soft drinks and juices.  Domestic clubs will offer well brand liquors, house wine and beer as a complimentary service on October 1st.”  Menu items vary by location, and include fresh salads, sandwiches, hot entrees and small bites. All menu items are available to enjoy in the club or for carry-out.

Rocky appreciates the gesture, and instead of visiting his local Applebees or TGIF, he’s planning to “hang out” at the Admirals Club, where he can throw back a “cold one” while charging his cellphone.  He also expects that American may discover a surge in Admiral Club membership in college towns.

[Disclosure: Rocky has no position in American Airlines (AMR) ,  Applebees (DIN), or BUD stock. But he may re-examine a three-way-arbitrage….in the morning.]

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  1. masteroftheuniverse
    September 23, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Too bad I fly Delta as American doesn’t serve SRQ and I’m not willing to drive 80 miles to TPA. The only perk I get is free internet and drinks in first class. Unfortunately, as of late, they have a 2 drink maximum requiring me to load up at the airport bar at $8 bucks a pop or $12 for a double. Since I hate to fly commercial, I also need a Xanax. I remember the good old days when I was a kid and we always flew on the champagne flights and all the adults (and kids) got loaded.

  2. ld
    September 23, 2010 at 8:32 am

    The break-even point is intoxicatingly high but I’m sure no analysis will matter as I suffer and survive another long flight from SFO back home tomorrow.

  3. SpamforTea
    September 27, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I can’t wait for the proliferation of drunken passengers in 1st class, defecating on the drink cart and objectifying the stewardesses. No matter…i’d tolerate all of this to avoid Delta.

  4. Warren
    October 4, 2010 at 10:03 am

    This may be the reason why no one will merge with AA.

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