AA drinks service.... penny pinching?

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  1. Gaucho
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    On my latest set of AA domestic flights, I had complimentary drinks services. On all my flights I asked for Cranberry Juice.... in all cases, the FA wanted to serve me only a glass. My memory tells me they used to leave you the can.... Ive had to ask to get the entire can with me, and in one case I got an almost empty can because my drink was poured from an open can.

    Is there some management directive to save on drinks....

    Are you expected to offer to pay for a soda to get a full can...?

    Please discuss.
     
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    Yes, Im having a slow morning...... :oops:
     
  3. uggboy
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    Penny pinching! Airlines? NEVER! It's called "you have been re-trained and from now on you have to pay a fee" it will never be a charge, it's a fee! Want a [ tell all ] leaflet and a drink?
     
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    Yes, I'm having a slow evening!:D
     
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    I don't know if there's any directive, but it wouldn't surprise me. They're in bankruptcy. It's not like they have an infinite supply of cranberry juice, or Coke, or orange juice, etc. They've got to save some in case other passengers want to have cranberry juice, too.
     
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    If your seat stays bolted down, you are ahead of the game. Don't worry about the drinks.
     
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    No one is ever leavin me the can! "It's a pour, never more"
     
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    Sure!:D

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    At least there's less to spill without the can if the seats start shifting.

    or another way to look at it:

    Spilled drinks cause loose seats, so this is a safety measure.

    http://now.msn.com/american-airline...caused-loose-seats-in-planes?ocid=vt_twmsnnow

    (I almost spilled my drink when I heard that explanation on TV this morning)
     
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    I don't know if it is penny pinching or just where you ended up in the service rounds.

    In my experience, I have found it all depends on the individual person serving you. If you are asking for a high demand item (coke, diet coke, cranberry, or ginger ale) they will not give you a full can if there are a lot more people to serve.

    I have found if I am near the end of the service and ask for the full can of something less popular (Fresca on Delta) I can usually get them to give me a full can.
     
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    After all, everyone likes cranberry juice.
     
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    Are the serving pure cranberry juice.. i used to recall the shift to Cran-Apple a while back.. Haven't had it often enough to really check.

    In do remember getting the can frequently in coach. In premium cabins, they generally only fill the glass and refill as needed. In coach, this seems unusual as they generally prefer to give you the can rather than make another pass through the cabin.

    For the cranberry juice, i'm actually a fan of keeping an open can, as i like my seabreeze cocktail in flight. An FA on united insisted i try it, and i was hooked. Orange juice, vodka and a splash of cranberry.
     
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    It does seem to depend on the popularity of the drink. Never been given a can of Cranberry (or CranApple) however, Diet Dr. Pepper. Sprite or 7 Up. Bloody Mary Mix. All seem to always come in a full can.

    Although I am waiting for the new 8 oz cans to make an appearance on flights.
     
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    There's no such thing as "juice" out of a can on any airline, other than tomato. These are all technically classified as "drinks", that is watered down from concentrate and blended with a neutral juice like apple. Pure juice is only apple or orange from a tetra pack. (Juices must have a high percentage of undiluted identified fruit content, otherwise it must be called "drink". It's like wine classifications.) As for the OP's plight, on both AA and UA when seated in coach (on long haul overseas flights, always get F/C on domestic/transborder flights) and I've asked for tomato juice and vodka (can't abide the mix), I've been given the whole can. It may be that on UA I show my ExecPlat card for the free booze, or on AA I give over a 1K drink voucher...so they know I'm top tier and have no qualms about leaving the balance of the can.
     
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    Remember, this is the airline that saved money by taking one olive out of the salad...

    I usually order cranapple and 75%+ of the time, even as a no-status/later Gold/later Platinum flyer in Y, I got the can without prompting. In F I'm always at least asked, probably 80-90% at getting it without any prompting.

    Oh and, "Would you like the can sir?" "What?" "I said would you like the can, sir?"
     
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    I think you are right.... what was I thinking...?
     
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    OK.... this means Im an unlucky person. I need to go to some Tarot card throwing witch to see if she can get my luck changed.... :p
     
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    Well... you are a citizen of a OECD nation.... I guess Im getting the banana republic treatment.

    Should I take my case before the United Nations...?
     
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    The drink in question was indeed Cran Apple cocktail....

    Great stuff, I wish I could buy it regularly here in Buenos Aires.... :oops:
     
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    Next trip to BA I'll trade you a bottle of the finest OceanSpray CranApple for a bottle of your finest Malbec! ;)

    I get bizarre looks when I order a Gin and Cranberry/Cranapple...my third inflight option after Glenlivet and tomato and Vodka. It's my preferred alternative (to Scotch) when traveling in warm climates, tomato in colder climes.
     
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    I tend to request "spicy tomato juice" (bloody mary mix) and they always leave the whole can. Maybe it is not so popular a drink as cranberry juice or sodas? If you order something many others want too, there is a better case for them to keep the can.
     
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    NBC's Mr. Leno Monday night, speaking of the spilled-drink theory: "Do you believe that? How come my seat at the movie theatre never moves?"
     

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