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Last year, United Clubs added free soups and salads as amenities.
Now, they’re offering something else new for no additional charge.
As of January 1st, you can drink sparkling wine on the house at the bar of United Clubs, like those at its Newark hub, where the below selections were available, and it’s a new benefit, not a limited promotion for New Year’s.
Previously if you wanted bubbly at a United Club you had to pay $12 for a single glass of Minioetto Prosecco, which wasn’t a great deal since you could buy a full bottle of the same prosecco at the store for about $12.
The free prosecco they’re pouring is Avissi from Trinchero Family Estates, which is not the greatest bubbly in the world, but at $15 on Wine.com it’s actually a touch more expensive at retail than the Minioetto they used to sell for $12 a glass.
And this bubbly benefit is a lot more festive than what American and Delta are offering in their lounges. At their domestic clubs you still have to pay up to indulge in something bubbly, at prices that are as bad as airport bars.
With any airline change, you always want to be on the look for downside as they try to keep costs in control.
There isn’t much here, unless you’re a big fan of Veuve Cliquot.
United used to sell Veuve Cliquot for $14 a glass (or $11 if you hold a United Club Credit Card or Presidential Plus Credit Card from Chase), which was a decent deal for champagne that sells for $50 a bottle in stores, and even more in bars and restaurants.
Now, it only sells mini-bottles of Veuve for $38, which isn’t much of a deal, but if you want a single glass of champagne United has replaced Veuve with Moet & Chandon for $15 a glass ($12 with the Club or Presidential Plus cards). Not as good of a deal as the Veuve, but still a price that beats airport bars.
For real celebrations you can also now buy a bottle of Laurent Perrier Rose for $90, which is a big sticker price, but reasonable for a club price considering it costs about $80 to buy it at a store, and almost twice that if you want to order it at a restaurant.
United still hasn’t upgraded the house liquor and wine it serves, but the free, decent prosecco is a step up.
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