American deserves some brownie points for this. As of a couple of weeks ago, American has started offering Executive Platinum AAdvantage members traveling in coach one free alcoholic beverage and one free snack on all flights. Assuming it’s done discreetly and consistently (meaning all flight attendants are properly briefed on the new policy), this is a nice change on their part. Given that Executive Platinum members get unlimited complimentary upgrades domestically (in theory), this seems like a nice consolation for those times that upgrades don’t clear. It’s interesting to note that on American Eagle flights, both Platinum and Executive Platinum members have received a free drink or snack for a while now.
In fairness to other airlines, most legacies offer their top tier elites a few beverage coupons every year, which I believe isn’t the case with American. Now, on a more personal level, if only United would formally allow the 10 1K drink coupons to be used for snackboxes….