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The Ultimate List of Airlines That Serve Free Alcohol

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, they wouldn’t dare give alcoholic drinks away for free. Apparently, many airlines still do and it’s just not limited to business or first class passengers. Most of it is still relegated to international flights, but if you’re sitting back in coach 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 November 20, 2015: Thanks everyone for the updates, we’ve been doing our best to make sure the list stays current. Regarding United: In 2013, it seemed like drinks were still being served on some international flights, but reps have told me officially all alcohol must be purchased. This practice seems to have stopped as of January 2014, courtesy of hulaboy and Meg’s notes.

Aegean AirlinesNoYes
Aer LingusNoNo
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; they claim they are the only ones to serve free champagne in all cabins.
Air IndiaNoYes
Air New ZealandYes (4.30 p.m. -7 p.m. only)Yes
Alaska AirlinesYes, on Horizon Air/SkyWest flights.Yes, on Horizon Air/SkyWest flights.
Alitalia Yes (except for economy class)
American Airlines Yes, only on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia, and certain countries in South America. Beer and wine only. Spirits complimentary on LAX-SYD flights.
ANA All Nippon Airways Yes
Asiana Airlines Yes
Austrian AirlinesYesYes
Avianca Yes
Bangkok AirwaysNoYes
bmi British Midland Yes
British Airways Yes
Cathay Pacific Airwaysn/aYes
China Airlines Yes
Condor AirlinesNoNo
Copa Airlines Yes
Delta Air LinesYesYes
Dragonair Yes
EgyptAir No
Emirates Yes, except to Saudi Arabia.
Ethiopian AirlinesYesYes
Etihad Airways Yes
EVA Air Yes
FinnairNoYes, depending on destination.
Garuda IndonesiaNoYes
Hainan Airlines Yes
Hawaiian AirlinesNoYes
Hong Kong Airlinesn/aYes
Iberia AirlinesNoNo
Japan Airlines Yes
Jet Airways Yes
JetBlue AirwaysNoNo
Korean Air Yes
LAN AirlinesYes*Yes* (*on all flights with meals)
LOT Polish Airlines No
Malawian AirlinesYesYes
Malaysia Airlines Yes
Nok AirYesYes
Norwegian AirlinesNoNo
Oman Air Yes
Pakistan AirlinesNoNo
Philippine Airlines Yes
Porter AirlinesYesYes
Qantas AirwaysYesYes
Qatar Airways Yes
Royal Brunei AirlinesNoNo
Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) NoNo
Silk Air Yes
Singapore Airlinesn/aYes
Sky Airline Yes
South African AirwaysYesYes
Southwest AirlinesNoNo
Spirit AirlinesNoNo
Streamline AirYesn/a
Swiss Int’l Air Lines Yes
TACA Airlines Yes
TAP Air Portugal Yes
TAM AirlinesNoYes
Thai AirwaysNoYes
Tiger AirwaysYesYes
Turkish AirlinesNoYes
United AirlinesNoYes, on trans-Pacific flights only.
US AirwaysNoNo
Virgin Atlantic AirwaysYesYes
V AustraliaYes (M-F, 4-7 PM)Yes
VietJet AirYesYes
Vietnam AirlinesYes (Business class)No

Jody Lan-Castle contributed to this article.

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