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United frequent flyers have something be excited about — that isn’t something you hear every day! Beginning this week, Premier 1K and Global Services flyers can expect a free drink on all United economy flights, so even if you don’t get an upgrade, at least you won’t be going thirsty. American Airlines already offers this benefit to its Executive Platinum members, while Delta offers this perk to all Comfort+ (premium economy) passengers.

In addition to the typical non-alcoholic beverages that United offers, there’s also a selection of both domestic and craft beers, speciality cocktails, house wines, and premium spirits and liqueurs. Elites can choose from most of the above beverages, though you’ll still have to pay for United’s “premium” wines.

A change to United's business product would be welcomed.
A change to some of United’s business products would be welcomed, too.

This free drink benefit is a nice addition to the current selection of perks for Premier 1K and Global Services passengers, including free first-class upgrades, priority boarding and better availability for saver award tickets in premium cabins.

With the introduction of United’s new CEO, we’re already seeing some modest improvements to the airline and its MileagePlus frequent flyer program, including a new feedback website and a new option to put award tickets on hold while you purchase miles or transfer points from a partner, such as Ultimate Rewards points earned with Chase Sapphire Preferred.

There are plenty of ways to earn miles and perks, even if you’re not flying. United MileagePlus Explorer cardholders, for example, enjoy a free checked bag and priority boarding with every flight.

H/T: Brian Sumers

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