Southwest Airlines Increases Beverage Costs Prior To Busy Travel Season

Ahead of the busy holiday travel season, Southwest Airlines is increasing the cost of their alcoholic beverages on flights.

Southwest Airlines has announced that their customers will see a slight increase in the cost of alcoholic drinks beginning on Wednesday. This change will apply to beer, wine, and liquor.

“Southwest last adjusted pricing for onboard beverages in 2018 and recently reviewed our position as we work to keep fares low while offering our Customers unmatched flexibility,” the airline said in a statement.

As listed on Southwest’s website, the cost of all liquor has gone up from $7 to $9. Cans of Miller Lite, Lagunitas IPA and Kona Brewing Big Wave Golden Ale have gone from $6 to $7. Additionally, Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon and Mossel Bay Chenin Blanc Chardonnay have been bumped up from $6 to $8.

The airline has stated that on flights longer than 175 miles, complimentary non-alcoholic drinks such as coffee, soda and water will remain available. However, for journeys shorter than that, only water will be served.

In March 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest Airlines decided to suspend their beverage service in order to prevent passengers from taking off their face coverings. However, the airline resumed sales in early 2021.