I’ve written before on the perk for top tier elites on US Airways and American Airlines where they receive free snacks and drinks when flying in the main cabin. No one can argue with free food. 🙂
As a reminder, here’s the policy: AAdvantage® Executive Platinum and ConciergeKeySM members can enjoy a complimentary* beverage from our standard alcoholic selections as well as one of our snacks, where available, when flying in the Main Cabin on board American Airlines, American Eagle®, US Airways, and US Airways Express. The snack on American includes any food item on our menu. The snack on US Airways includes any item from our à la carte menu.
I recently had flight from Washington DC (Reagan) to Tampa, Florida, and once airborne, the flight attendants came around with the usual beverage service, along with a selection of buy-on-board snacks, which, for me, per the above policy, would be free. I asked for a white wine bottle and also some Chex Mix. I showed the flight attendant my boarding pass, and because it was a US Airways printed pass, and I was an American Executive Platinum, she had to confirm with her printed manifest my status. No big deal, and I figured this would happen because of the ongoing merger process. She returned with her roster, and as she was looking it over, was asked by a nearby passenger why I was receiving a free snack and drink. She replied that “all Platinums” receive a free food and drink item, to which she then promptly returned with my requested items. Now overhearing the conversation she was having with the nearby passenger, further Platinum passengers began identifying themselves asking for drinks and food. She again confirmed that all “Platinums” and “oneworld Sapphire and Emerald” receive the perk, and began dolling out the newly requested freebies. Unfortunately, it appears as if this flight attendant didn’t read the policy carefully enough as it only applies to US Airways Chairman’s Preferred and American Executive Platinum. Still, it looks like a bunch of passengers on this flight got a free alcoholic drink and snack item because of me on this flight. 🙂
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