It must be April 1. An airline — US Airways, no less — is making a couple of positive changes without taking anything away. Please, someone pinch me. First of all, starting October 30, US Airways will be offering free beer and wine in their lounges. Second of all, and equally impressive, they are getting rid of the “tiered” lounge membership system, where you need to pay extra for a membership if you want to use partner airline lounges. So not only are they offering free drinks, but they’re also essentially discounting membership for those that want to use partner lounges.
Very impressive! So this leaves American and United as the only legacies that don’t offer free alcohol in their lounges. I’m not sure about American, but given the Star Alliance connection between Continental, United, and US Airways, I’d be shocked if United didn’t eventually match. And if United matches, I’d bet American follows in no time, since they don’t want to be the only airline not offering free drinks.