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The Ultimate List of Airlines That Serve Free Alcohol

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Erica Ho // Jul. 11, 2012 // 141 Comments

If you’re intent on boozing it up while you’re sky high, you might want to avoid U.S. airlines completely – with maybe the exception of American Airlines and Delta. 

Here’s a pretty good rundown on who does and (doesn’t) serve alcohol on flights these days.

It’s fair to say that with airlines charging for basic sustenance these days wouldn’t give alcoholic drinks away for free. 

Apparently, many airlines still do, especially for international flights and it’s just not limited to business or first class passengers. 

If you’re back in coach sitting with the rest of the folks (and me!), there’s no reason you can’t have a glass of wine with your dinner either.

If you’re trying to bring your own alcohol onboard, realize that may not be allowed. Please drink responsibly; dehydration happens faster in a pressurized cabin than at a keg party. 

Trust me, you don’t want to be that guy or girl‌ – for five hours.

UPDATED Feb. 21. 2013: Thanks everyone for the updates, we’ve been trying to make sure the list stays current. 

Regarding United: though it seems like drinks on still being served on some international flights, reps have told me officially all alcohol must be purchased. 

Unofficially, as of Jan. 2014, hulaboy notes the free booze on trans-Pacific flights has ceased.

Aegean AirlinesNoYes
Aer LingusNoYes
AeroflotNoWine only, for flights over 3 hours, otherwise it is not available (even for purchase). There is a full ban in effect for flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Havana, and Bangkok.
Air BerlinYes, after 2 p.m.Yes, longhaul flights only.
Air CanadaNoYes
Air ChinaYesYes
Air FranceYesYes
Air IndiaNoYes
Air New ZealandYes (4.30 p.m. -7 p.m. only)Yes
Alaska AirlinesYes, on Horizon Air/SkyWest flights.
American AirlinesYes, only on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, and certain countries in South America. Beer and wine only.
ANA All Nippon AirwaysYes
Asiana AirlinesYes
Austrian AirlinesYesYes
Bangkok AirwaysNoYes
bmi British MidlandYes
British AirwaysYes
Cathay Pacific Airwaysn/aYes
China AirlinesYes
Condor AirlinesNoNo
Copa AirlinesYes
Delta Air LinesNoNo
EmiratesYes, except to Saudi Arabia.
Etihad AirwaysYes
EVA AirYes
FinnairNoYes, depending on destination.
Garuda IndonesiaNoYes
Hainan AirlinesYes
Hong Kong Airlinesn/aYes
IberiaYes*Yes* (*on flights longer than three hours)
Japan AirlinesYes
Jet AirwaysYes
JetBlue AirwaysNoNo
Korean AirYes
LAN AirlinesYes*Yes* (*on all flights with meals)
LOT Polish AirlinesYes
Malaysia AirlinesYes
Oman AirYes
Philippine AirlinesYes
Porter AirlinesYesYes
Qantas AirwaysYesYes
Qatar AirwaysYes
Royal Brunei AirlinesNoNo
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS)Yes, on intercontinental flights only.
Silk AirYes
Singapore Airlinesn/aYes
Sky AirlineYes
South African AirwaysYes
Southwest AirlinesNoNo
Spirit AirlinesNoNo
Streamline AirYesn/a
Swiss Int’l Air LinesYes
TACA AirlinesYes
TAP Air PortugalYes
TAM AirlinesNoYes
Thai AirwaysNoYes
Turkish AirlinesNoYes
United AirlinesNoYes, on trans-Pacific flights only.
US AirwaysNoNo
Virgin Atlantic AirwaysYesYes
V AustraliaYes (M-F, 4-7 PM)Yes
Jody Lan-Castle contributed to this article.

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