No Spirits (in J) Masquerading as COVID? [Back from Apr 2022]

justinbrett

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I'm absolutely gobsmacked spirits are still not in J. Is it the ice maybe?

Surely this isn't a permanent enhancement.
 
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Your guess is as good as mine! 😂

But something is in the works and we at least know now that spirits have not been permanently removed.

Maybe you should get clarification on what they mean by spirits. Perhaps they just mean the "spirit of Australia" will be returning....whatever that is :)
 

jakeseven7

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As per this article, I'm told spirits will be back on Qantas domestic flights in the "near future".
New Years Eve?? :)

I’m hoping they get some more interesting spirits in…. Probably won’t. The offering before was a bit boring, and VA’s offering is equally boring. Would be great if they got some local ones in, but doubt it…
 

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No spirits or PDB on MEL <> OOL flights last week either. Hope QF bring both back shortly as the disappearance of these products is seriously lowering their premium product.
 

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No spirits or PDB on MEL <> OOL flights last week either. Hope QF bring both back shortly as the disappearance of these products is seriously lowering their premium product.

If you're a WP who can snag row 4 with a shadow, the difference to J on a 737 is so marginal. A WP has the same lounge access, priority bags (in theory), priority boarding. For a fare that is 10x more expensive you get some slightly better food and drink and a slightly better seat. Even using points to upgrade to J in this scenario is not worth it IMHO.

Also, let's not forget they no longer are interested in hanging your jacket in J either.
 

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I try not to be hard on Qantas but I've been flying QF right through Covid and I've had to walk away. I'm P1 and was flying J consistently, simply to be first off the plane and not get caught up in the Covid BS.
Used to be that you'd get offered a choice of refreshment on boarding, then it came down to having a bottle of water thrown at you, then the water became occasional. My reasons for walking were flight delays, cancellations, re-routing etc etc, but the reduction in service was also noted.
I've moved over to VA. I'll be WP in a few more weeks. I get offered bubbly when I board. I've not had one flight cancel and they almost always land ahead of schedule. I'm still P1 for another nine months so we'll see what happens if/when sanity returns but for me, the spirits are just the tip of the iceberg for domestic travellers.
 
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i am from a hospitality background , including drink packages, and its annoying how so many people/companies treat spirits like the big bad boy thats going to mean everyone drinks 10x as much, get sloshed and its going to make the host go bankrupt

I did a function where people were paying something like $70-$100 per head for a drinks package, which included, beers, wines and spirits, and in our pre event briefing, we were told to hide the spirit bottles out of sight and only make them one if specifically asked and to tell the customer not to tell others that they were drinking spirits. The rest of the briefing was all about how not to serve spirits

I was like FFS, the cost of a spirt vs wine/beer is almost identical, yes spirits go down quicker but if someone is going to get drunk, theyre going to get drunk, drink packages are a money maker, you only lose if EVERY person literally drinks 20-40 drinks

maybe qantas had the same briefing as i did
 

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on another note, I caught a Economy flight the other day, and I asked for a bottle of water, but they said they can only pour me a glass, which doesnt bother me either way, however, given covid restrictions bottled water>>>>>>hand poured glass,
not sure why they are going down this way
 

Matt_01

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No spirits or PDB on MEL <> OOL flights last week either. Hope QF bring both back shortly as the disappearance of these products is seriously lowering their premium product.
For domestic or international QF J is hardly a premium product. Prior to covid and VA going into administration the VA J product was IMO far better to QF. As for international I did not fly that much with VA (other than SQ) mainly due to the haphazard partnership agreements, I did fly with OW carriers however QF was my last choice which maybe considered a sad inditement given I am P1.
 
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