American is bringing back alcohol, snack sales after 2-year hiatus

Mar 17, 2022

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American Airlines will once again offer booze for purchase in the economy cabin, a carrier spokesperson confirmed to TPG on Thursday.

Beginning on April 18, the Fort Worth-based carrier will offer beer, wine and spirits for purchase in the coach cabin on flights 250 miles and longer.

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Wine and spirits will be available for $9 each, and beer will be available for $8 a bottle. Those seated in extra-legroom Main Cabin Extra seats will receive complimentary liquor once sales resume in April.

At the same time, the airline will also phase in its buy-on-board snack offering for flights over 1,500 miles. Snacks will range from $4 to $6 each.

Beginning in April, the onboard menu will include packaged items like chips and almonds, but it will be expanded in the coming months based on supply chain availability, a carrier spokesperson confirmed to TPG.

Additionally, American will introduce touchless payment options later this year, but for now, any major debit or credit card will be accepted onboard.

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The airline isn’t making any service cuts as part of the move — soft drinks, along with Biscoff cookies and pretzels, will continue to be provided complimentary.

You’ll find the full menu of alcoholic options available on American flights at the bottom of this post. Note that it includes some new choices such as Aviation Gin and Glenlivet 15-year scotch.

American’s move will now bring its onboard service in line with its competitors. The airline has been the last major holdout in bringing back liquor service in coach.

American first curtailed its beverage offerings at the outset of the pandemic in March 2020. The airline had planned to resume selling alcohol in coach last summer, but those plans were postponed to 2022 due to a rise in the number of unruly passenger incidents across the industry.

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Southwest Airlines was the other big holdout, but the Dallas-based carrier resumed selling liquor on its flights on Feb. 16, 2022.

While American is just now bringing booze back to coach, the airline’s first-class passengers have been enjoying the “good stuff” for many months now.

This latest catering update comes on the heels of plated, hot meals returning to its domestic first-class cabin last month.

American’s new liquor menu

Spirits – $9

  • Tito’s Vodka
  • Bacardi Rum
  • Dewar’s Scotch
  • Woodford Reserve
  • Aviation Gin
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Amaretto Disaronno
  • Jack Daniels Whiskey
  • Glenlivet 15 Year Scotch

Wine – $9

  • White
  • Red
  • Rosé
  • Sparkling

Beer -$8

  • Bud Light
  • Heineken
  • Dos Equis
  • Goose IPA
  • Fat Tire Belgian White
  • Truly Hard Seltzer

Featured photo by Zach Griff/The Points Guy.

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