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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.

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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.

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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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