Get everything from free cocktails to Cadbury hot chocolate on your next flight. 

By Talia Avakian
August 20, 2019

Flying economy doesn't have to mean missing out on perks that can make the experience all the more comfortable and memorable.

When it comes to amenities, some airlines offer a range of items and goodies for passengers to look forward to, from slippers to complimentary cocktail selections and snacks like Häagen-Dazs ice cream available on demand. 

To help travelers get the most of their economy experience, we've pulled together some of the coolest amenities to take advantage of, most of which are complimentary. 

Afternoon tea — Virgin Atlantic

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Virgin Atlantic offers passengers across its cabins an afternoon tea service, giving them a choice of coffee or tea alongside goodies like tea sandwiches, handmade treats from the Grown Up Chocolate Company, Tyrell crisps, and Peppersmith mints. 

Live concerts and free bags — Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines entertains passengers with surprise performances at 35,000 feet, with passengers never knowing when they could be in for a concert right in their aircraft. The airline also still allows passengers to bring two checked bags on for free, a policy the airline's CEO says won’t be changing anytime soon.

Free Cocktails, bistro-style dining, and hot towel service — Delta

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Delta Air Lines recently announced an upgraded main cabin experience on international routes that will include cocktails like Bellinis with sparkling wine and peach puree, dishes like grilled shrimp marinated in Harissa, complimentary coffee, tea, wine, or water, farewell chocolate treats, and hot towel services.

The airline also sometimes offers wing pins and fleet cards passengers can request for a memorable souvenir.

Flying nannies — Etihad Airways 

Traveling with kids can present its own challenges, which is why Etihad Airways offers flying nannies to assist parents traveling with kids on long-haul flights. The nannies do everything from providing activities like arts and crafts to helping parents when they need assistance with cases like using the restroom.

Polaroid cameras — Emirates 

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For a charming way to remember your trip, Emirates offers Polaroid cameras in-flight, with cabin crew members taking pictures with youngsters to create a keepsake memory. Flights also come with free Wi-Fi and in-seat power, with passengers even able to make calls on board.

In-flight nail art, magic shows, fortune readings, and more — Asiana Airlines

Asiana Airlines has a range of special services it provides passengers on flights with, ranging from in-flight nail art to an in-flight facial mask service. With the barista service, flight attendants who happen to be professional hand drip baristas extract fresh coffee beans in front of passengers, while the popular magic show service includes demonstrations and gifting of magic toys and balloons from crew members. 

Lie-flat beds — Air New Zealand

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Air New Zealand offers travelers looking for more room the opportunity to book a Skycouch, which uses three economy seats that convert into a lie-flat bed at the push of a button. Each person can put their footrest up or down (they adjust between 60 and 90 degrees) while all armrests in the middle seat and the armrest on the window side go up to allow for even more space.

Toys and lunchboxes — Qatar Airways 

Youngsters flying on Qatar Airways are in for a treat, as the airline offers a range of goodies just for them. These include an activity pack filled with crayons, stickers, puzzles books, coloring pages, and plush toys. Meals also come with lunchboxes featuring popular characters. 

Champagne, digestive liqueurs, and a snack buffet — Air France 

Air France offers a complimentary glass of champagne in each cabin, in addition to digestive liqueurs like Armagnac and cognac. Meanwhile, longer flights include a self-service buffet with sweet and savory snacks, sandwiches, and ice cream.

Free wine transport — Alaska Airlines 

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Wine lovers are in luck when flying with Alaska Airlines, as the airline offers passengers the ability to bring home a case of wine with no baggage fee when flying from 30 different west coast cities. The Wine Flies Free program is available on US flights operated by Alaska Airlines, Horizon Air, and SkyWest at select airports in California, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Ukuleles, scenic tours, and cocktails — Hawaiian Airlines 

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Complimentary drinks range from cocktails like the Koala Breeze Rum Punch (a mix of passion fruit, guava puree, pure Hawaiian cane sugar, and Kauai White Premium Hawaiian Rum) to an exclusive blend for the airline created by Lion Coffee that incorporates 100 percent Arabica coffee beans and bold flavors to pack a punch at high altitudes. 

The airline also offers fun items like ukuleles on select ‘Ohana by Hawaiian interisland flights, while cabin crew are known to give scenic tours highlighting attractions on the islands during takeoff and landing announcements.

Slippers — Korean Air 

On lengthy flights to America, Europe, Oceania, and the Middle East, Korean Air provides in-flight amenity kits that come with folding slippers for a comfortable journey. The kits also feature a toothbrush set to stay refreshed. 

Self-service snack bar, live TV, and snooze amenity kits — JetBlue 

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When it comes to entertainment, JetBlue passengers can enjoy live DirecTV and free high-speed Wi-Fi.  On the new A321, passengers can also look forward to a self-serve snack area between the Mint and Core cabins where they can grab the brand-name snacks and drinks the airline is known to serve.

Japanese snacks, sake selections, and specialty fruit drinks — All Nippon Airways 

Passengers traveling with ANA can enjoy complimentary self-service selections of Japanese candies, while snacks like traditional Arare rice crackers are also offered. Fliers can also taste specialty creations ranging from the airline’s signature Aromatic Kabosu drink (a sweet and sour drink made from green kabosu fruit and honey) to a variety of sake selections.

Singapore Sling cocktails— Singapore Airlines 

Singapore Airlines serves passengers a Singapore Sling, available on demand for no cost. The airline was the world’s first carrier to offer free drinks to passengers in the main cabin, with the cocktail including Heering cherry liqueur, Cointreau, gin, Bénédictine D.O.M., grenadine, a dash of Angostura bitters, lime juice, pineapple juice, and ice.

Cadbury hot chocolate service — Qantas 

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After their meal service, passengers flying with Qantas can enjoy a Cadbury hot chocolate service complete with marshmallows and a mini chocolate bar, while flights also include a complimentary snack bar stocked with goodies like fresh fruit, chocolate bars, and Tim Tam biscuits. 

Themed planes — EVA Air 

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Eva Air offers travelers a chance to get away from the everyday and step inside aircraft themed after Hello Kitty. The aircraft feature livery showcasing Hello Kitty and Sanrio friends, while special boarding passes, baggage stickers, cabin crews dressed in Hello Kitty Jet aprons, and Hello Kitty themed items like headrest covers, pillows, tissues, hand creams, soaps, napkins, paper cups, utensils, and snacks add all the more to the theme.

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