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(Philly.com)   Headline of the day "Southwest Airlines owes passengers 5.8 million free beers"   (philly.com) divider line 45
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2012-12-14 11:00:37 AM
better have a lot of security and medical personnel on that flight
 
2012-12-14 11:09:41 AM
Was that written by Chester Cheetah? Here's the actual article for anyone with IQ over 71.
 
2012-12-14 11:21:47 AM
5.8 million bottles of beer on the wall, 5.8 million bottles of beer
Take one down and pass it around
5,799,999 bottles of beer on the wall!

/For those extra-long plane trips.
 
2012-12-14 11:29:08 AM
So Drew will make Southwest the Official Airline of Fark then.
 
2012-12-14 11:45:13 AM
God bless our legal system. That Chicago lawyer belongs in the beer drinker's hall of fame, or something.
 
2012-12-14 11:52:09 AM
Awesome-and this is coming from someone who doesn't drink the stuff.
 
2012-12-14 11:56:06 AM
Don't most vouchers... well, anything like this... say "we can change the terms and conditions at any time" ??
 
2012-12-14 12:41:52 PM
I'll make a serious dent in that figure.
 
2012-12-14 01:34:25 PM

downstairs: Don't most vouchers... well, anything like this... say "we can change the terms and conditions at any time" ??


They say that, but it doesn't necessarily carry any legal weight.

It's similar to how, in the end, liability wavers are often simply there to discourage someone from potentially thinking about suing, but when it comes right now to it, are easily circumvented.

Or how, in some states, NDAs carry significantly more or less weight than in others.
 
2012-12-14 01:50:54 PM
I'm curious to see if Southwest tries to make some hay with this. Their culture tends to breed a different attitude and I can see the board saying "Rather than fight this, let's make a promotion out of it"
 
2012-12-14 02:09:21 PM
Who are these 5.8 million people that did not cash in their free drink coupon on the day they were printed? What kind of teetotaling business traveler doesn't get hammered ass drunk?
 
2012-12-14 02:11:26 PM

Jamdug!: Was that written by Chester Cheetah? Here's the actual article for anyone with IQ over 71.


I've had enough of your Chester Cheetah bashing!
 
2012-12-14 02:13:12 PM
dude, i have some of these vouchers. i was pissed because the flight attendant made me look like a total dick trying to use "expired coupons" and i didn't want to exacerbate the issue by arguing that they didn't have an expiration date on them.

I remember the legal wording said something to the effect of "Southwest can suspend the drink coupon program at any time" and i thought, "what, did they just expire this program and replace it with another identical one?"
 
2012-12-14 02:13:59 PM
PS: the use of a "hero" tag would not have been out of line in this instance.
 
2012-12-14 02:15:30 PM
Ding! You're free to drink around the country.
 
2012-12-14 02:18:16 PM
People will be ducking blocks of blue ice across the country.
 
2012-12-14 02:18:19 PM
And the lesson here, folks? Never, never try and get between an attorney and his booze.

//Especially not my attorney.
 
2012-12-14 02:18:30 PM
I fly Southwest every year for the holidays. I hate flying, and Southwest doesn't do anything to make it any better.

That said, I've never imbibed while flying. Unless it was offered to me for free, it just didn't seem like it would make a cramped flight any easier to deal with.
 
2012-12-14 02:19:28 PM
Heh, I give my drink vouchers to travelling service members. Gave a handful to a flight attendant this week and asked her to hand them out as they were expiring this month.



/ courtesy of the aging hippy in the exit row
 
2012-12-14 02:23:09 PM

max_pooper: Who are these 5.8 million people that did not cash in their free drink coupon on the day they were printed? What kind of teetotaling business traveler doesn't get hammered ass drunk?


I don't even get on a plane unless I have at least two beers in me. I then drink at least two more on the flight.

/ hates flying
// but loves traveling
/// isn't it ironic?
 
2012-12-14 02:23:18 PM

Snarfangel: 5.8 million bottles of beer on the wall, 5.8 million bottles of beer
Take one down and pass it around
5,799,999 bottles of beer on the wall!

/For those extra-long plane trips.


5,799,999 bottles of beer on the wall.
Take one down, pass it around.
5,799,998 bottles of beer on the wall...
/worlds longest thread?
 
2012-12-14 02:31:11 PM
I'm grabbing my sis and heading out to the airport! YAY! Free booze! We'll have to remember to take the Yahtzee score pads and dice, as it is customary for us to play Yahtzee while drinking.

/5,799,997 bottles of beer on the wall....
 
2012-12-14 02:36:14 PM
Please tell me the drink in question wasn't really Corona Light. The headline says beer, doesn't it?
 
2012-12-14 02:48:00 PM

hstein3: I fly Southwest every year for the holidays. I hate flying, and Southwest doesn't do anything to make it any better.

That said, I've never imbibed while flying. Unless it was offered to me for free, it just didn't seem like it would make a cramped flight any easier to deal with.


I love Southwest. Two free checked bags, check in online and get a early spot in line, free snack and drink, and generally decent service? If I had a family it might be annoying to not just be able to book us together but it was a effing dream when I took SW for my last work trip. And two of my four flights were booked to capacity.
 
2012-12-14 03:07:07 PM

hstein3: I fly Southwest every year for the holidays. I hate flying, and Southwest doesn't do anything to make it any better.

That said, I've never imbibed while flying. Unless it was offered to me for free, it just didn't seem like it would make a cramped flight any easier to deal with.


Try it. It works. I always fly tipsy. It causes time dilation, among other things. It's also an excellent way to burn money, just in case you have too much, but still totally worth it.
 
2012-12-14 03:22:23 PM

Jument: hstein3: I fly Southwest every year for the holidays. I hate flying, and Southwest doesn't do anything to make it any better.

That said, I've never imbibed while flying. Unless it was offered to me for free, it just didn't seem like it would make a cramped flight any easier to deal with.

Try it. It works. I always fly tipsy. It causes time dilation, among other things. It's also an excellent way to burn money, just in case you have too much, but still totally worth it.


Depends on the airline. I've found that some in Europe, and even a few regional ones in the US, will serve wine or beer for free when they bring around the beverage cart. And it really does make the time pass better.
 
2012-12-14 03:22:44 PM
Meh....

SW will probably pay off with Coors light.

// should be Shiner ....
 
2012-12-14 03:26:28 PM
Lawyers....the ONLY ones who make out in a class action suit.
Who is going to waste their time, on filling out the forms, providing proof, just
to get a 5-10 dollar refund? Not many, which means this idiot lawyer, will end
up with the lions share of $29,000,000.00 bucks
 
2012-12-14 03:27:30 PM
I initially read that headline in the singular and thought, "as God is his witness, he will never go sober again."
 
2012-12-14 03:33:48 PM

maddogdelta: Meh....

SW will probably pay off with Coors light.

// should be Shiner ....



No Shiner.

PDF Menu (Page 2)

Heineken is the best beer they have . . . which is why I give my coupons away.
 
2012-12-14 03:34:46 PM

StreetlightInTheGhetto: hstein3: I fly Southwest every year for the holidays. I hate flying, and Southwest doesn't do anything to make it any better.

That said, I've never imbibed while flying. Unless it was offered to me for free, it just didn't seem like it would make a cramped flight any easier to deal with.

I love Southwest. Two free checked bags, check in online and get a early spot in line, free snack and drink, and generally decent service? If I had a family it might be annoying to not just be able to book us together but it was a effing dream when I took SW for my last work trip. And two of my four flights were booked to capacity.


You know, I rarely fly any other airline, so I tend to forget about those sorts of things. I just don't care for flying, period. But Southwest's boarding methods lead to people who abuse it.

Hm, maybe I'll convince the wife to go in on some in-flight liquor with me this year.
 
2012-12-14 03:41:04 PM
What are the rest of you going to drink
/burp
 
2012-12-14 03:46:32 PM

Generation_D: God bless our legal system. That Chicago lawyer belongs in the beer drinker's hall of fame, or something.


Was his name Billy Flynn?

/obscure?
 
2012-12-14 04:03:30 PM
Southwest flyers celebrate

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2012-12-14 04:10:41 PM
What idiot in their legal department decided to fight this in court? Most of those outstanding vouchers were never going to be redeemed and the cost of the few people who would redeem them would have to be minuscule.

No brainier policy: All new vouchers to be used on flight they were earned on, all outstanding vouchers will be honored.
 
2012-12-14 04:13:15 PM

p51d007: Lawyers....the ONLY ones who make out in a class action suit.
Who is going to waste their time, on filling out the forms, providing proof, just
to get a 5-10 dollar refund? Not many, which means this idiot lawyer, will end
up with the lions share of $29,000,000.00 bucks


The point is mostly to kick the company in the dick for trying to rip off a whole lot of people in a way they wouldn't individually fight over.
 
2012-12-14 04:45:08 PM
Flying all those beers around will cost a lot. They should just hand them out before the flight.
 
2012-12-14 04:49:13 PM
i_got_nuthin

dude, i have some of these vouchers. i was pissed because the flight attendant made me look like a total dick trying to use "expired coupons" and i didn't want to exacerbate the issue by arguing that they didn't have an expiration date on them.

I remember the legal wording said something to the effect of "Southwest can suspend the drink coupon program at any time" and i thought, "what, did they just expire this program and replace it with another identical one?"


Exact same thing happened to me when friends and I traveled together on SW this year and I thought I would be cool and "buy" us all a drink with my vouchers. The attendant was exceedingly not happy to explain the new and improved policy... and we did not buy anything to show our own sorrow.

Also, they used to give these drink tickets out when you renewed your SW Visa card or got a free flight voucher mailed to you. IMHO it's seriously bad karma to give these out and then "suspend the program." Advice to SW: Just stop giving them out and eventually there won't be any more of them to be redeemed but freakin' honor these with no expiration date.  Problem and legal liability solved.


Stopped flying much due to constant TSA groping and probings, so probably missed the SouthWest no voucher memo sooner.
 
2012-12-14 04:51:20 PM
5.8 million each?
 
2012-12-14 05:50:30 PM
Once my company takes it's annual trip there will only be 1.8 million beers available for the rest of you people
 
2012-12-14 07:31:26 PM
I still have a bunch of these vouchers because I've been hoping SW would step up and honor them. They should have at least given us a heads up.
 
2012-12-14 09:12:24 PM
A while ago I had some no-expiration drink coupons that came with a Rapid Rewards free flight and didn't know they weren't accepting them anymore. After the flight attendant told me and I changed my order to a soda, he brought me the alcoholic beverage I asked for anyway. Don't know if you could still get away with feigning ignorance, but it's worth a try.
 
2012-12-15 12:03:56 AM

Louisiana_Sitar_Club: Jamdug!: Was that written by Chester Cheetah? Here's the actual article for anyone with IQ over 71.

I've had enough of your Chester Cheetah bashing!


LOL.
 
2012-12-15 03:13:23 AM

max_pooper: Who are these 5.8 million people that did not cash in their free drink coupon on the day they were printed? What kind of teetotaling business traveler doesn't get hammered ass drunk?


The kind that don't want to end up giving away the kitchen sink during a 3-martini business "lunch" when they land.
 
2012-12-17 10:00:14 AM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: What idiot in their legal department decided to fight this in court? Most of those outstanding vouchers were never going to be redeemed and the cost of the few people who would redeem them would have to be minuscule.

No brainier policy: All new vouchers to be used on flight they were earned on, all outstanding vouchers will be honored.


most likely its because of accounting rules. Basically those vouchers now have to be put on the books as money owing reducing profits this year by the I or so million all outstanding vouchers are worth. As the vouchers age they will be able to consider them most likely to never be cashed and take some money back to profit each year. But there auditing firm will only.allow.so much to be taken to.profit each year. So they most likely wanted to avoid a big paper hit this year that would take 5 to 10 years to recover from.
 
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