United improves onboard beverage service, trims Saks amenities

Jul 2, 2020

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Earlier in the coronavirus pandemic, U.S. airlines began scaling back their service offerings, limiting alcoholic beverages in some cases, and eliminating inflight service entirely in others. This week, Delta announced that beer and wine would return on certain routes, and now United is expanding its alcohol service, including in economy on international flights.

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As Brian Sumers reports, and a United spokesperson confirmed, most United flights will offer beverages in all cabins, beginning tomorrow, July 3. Coffee and tea will return on certain flights as well, as will liquor in all premium cabins.

It isn’t all good news on the passenger experience front, though. Beginning July 15, United will be reducing its Saks Fifth Avenue bedding on certain flights — that comfy Saks duvet will no longer be available in domestic business class, or in first class on lie-flat flights between the mainland U.S. and Alaska and Hawaii, with the airline offering a light throw blanket, instead. That same light blanket will be removed from international Polaris cabins, though I never found it to be necessary, myself.

Domestic business-class passengers will no longer receive a comfy Saks duvet. Photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.


While bringing back liquor in premium cabins is certainly an improvement, along with beverages on most other flights, I am a bit bummed to see United’s super-comfy Saks comforters disappear from shorter flights — they’ve kept me comfy on flights to and from Hawaii, and on many a business-class transcon.

Related: Inflight service is resuming — here’s what food and drinks the major U.S. airlines are currently serving

Featured photo by Zach Honig/The Points Guy.

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