It was always a non-publicized perk that American Airline Executive Platinum members can get a free drink and snack on all American Airline and American Eagle flights (assuming no upgrades available).
I’ve written about this before, but I wanted to point out that American has now formalized this perk and made it official by sending out an email last week (thanks reader Scott for sending my way!). Per the email and the linked webpage,
“AAdvantage Executive Platinum and ConciergeKey members can enjoy a complimentary beverage from our standard alcoholic selections as well as one of our snacks or meals, where available, when flying in the Main Cabin onboarding American Airlines and American Eagle.”
From my experience, you typically need to let the flight attendant know of your status and your eligibility to receive this perk. All you need to do is show your boarding pass (or member card) that shows your Executive Platinum status or your ConciergeKey membership.
While it is clearly must better up in business/first while having this status, at least this is a small consolation!