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Another American Airlines Fee Increase: This Time It’s Your Beer

Oct. 5, 2018
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For airline passengers who enjoy a drink or two while cruising at 30,000 feet, the friendly skies just got a little more expensive.

American Airlines raised the prices of its in-flight alcoholic drinks by $1 on Oct. 1. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but in a world of increasing checked baggage fees and decreasing legroom, it’s yet another squeeze on travelers.

That means the next time you order a domestic beer onboard a domestic flight, you’ll shell out $8. If you want wine or spirits, those will run you $9 a drink.

Some, not all

These prices only apply to American Airlines’ cheapest seating sections — the main cabin and basic economy. Now, in addition to being crammed into your seat like a sardine in a tin can, you can pay more for your beer.

Passengers flying in first class, premium economy and main cabin extra receive alcoholic beverages for free.

Just the latest

American Airlines is just the latest airline to increase prices on its alcoholic drinks. Southwest Airlines raised its prices on March 1, 2018, to $6 for wine and select beer and $7 for premium beer and liquor.

Additional cost, additional choices

There is one silver lining to the American Airlines price hike: There are now more options. The airline has added beers like Goose Island and Fat Tire, along with Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

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