Delta Adds Free Spirits In International Economy

Delta announced yesterday that as of December 1, 2013, they’ve added complimentary spirits to their international economy service. This includes all international flights that also feature a BusinessElite cabin. Previously only beer and wine were complimentary in economy, while spirits were only complimentary in Economy Comfort (Delta’s extra legroom economy product, which is complimentary for Diamond and Platinum Medallion members internationally).


This does make Delta the most generous when it comes to serving alcohol in international economy, as they’re now the only US carrier offering free spirits. As a point of comparison, here are the policies of the other three (soon to be two) US legacy carriers:

American Airlines

American offers complimentary beer and wine in the main cabin on international flights between the US and Europe, Asia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Bolivia, and Peru. Spirits can be purchased for $7 each.

United Airlines

United offers complimentary red, white, and sparkling wine on flights to and within Asia and Micronesia.

US Airways

US Airways offers complimentary wine on flights to Europe, Tel Aviv, and South America.

Bottom line

Kudos to Delta for this positive change, and here’s to hoping other US carriers match!


  1. I was on a transatlantic US Airways flight last week that was heavily delayed. When boarding began, some obnoxious guy yelled to the gate agent, “are we going to get free food and wine onboard to compensate us for the delay?” (I guess he did not know that wine and dinner were included.) The gate agent smirked and said, “yes sir, you will.” I smiled at her and she winked at me. It was cute.

  2. I just don’t get Delta… take away free (quality) booze from most SkyClubs and now give it away on flights? Can anyone help with the logic or the finances that would actually make this comprehensible?

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