JetBlue & Club W Wine Club

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club

Article by Kim Hull


Always in pursuit of airline points and good wine, we recently tried the JetBlue & Club W wine club.

We’d already tried the American Airlines Aadvantage Miles & Vinesse Wine Club & the Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards & Laithwaite’s Wines programs awhile ago, so we had a decent baseline for what to expect. However, while each program ships you wine and you earn points, it comes to the product quality and the service to determine the satisfaction level of the experience.

The offer

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club Review - the offer
JetBlue & Club W Wine Club Review – the offer

The Jet Blue & Club W Wine Club offer is pretty straightforward – earn 2,500 JetBlue points on your first Club W order of 3 bottles for $39. For every 24 bottles purchased thereafter, you earn an additional 1,000 JetBlue points.

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club: How it works

After entering the initial Club W information, the first step is to complete the Club W Palate Profile™ Quiz – six questions about what kind of wines you prefer so Club W can provide personalized recommendations. The questions range from what kind of coffee you like to how much you like salt.

Club W Palate profile quiz
Club W Palate profile quiz

After that, Club W will suggest a few wines or you can browse through the selection and pick your own choices, which we did. The ability to select your own wines was a good benefit – the other clubs we’d tried only let us select white, red, or both, not the specific wines we’d receive.

To receive the JetBlue bonus points, a purchase of three bottles is required. But, if you purchase four or more bottles from Club W, the shipping is free. The free shipping made the fourth bottle quite a good deal, so four bottles it would be.

Bottles ranged from $13 to $35. Finding a good $25 or $35 bottle of wine isn’t that hard – sending someone a bottle they like for $13, shipping included – that takes a bit more talent. So, we decided to only order $13 bottles.

Order placed & easy checkout; the only glitch was an email stating:

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club issue

I used the contact form to sent them a message with my number and within four hours received an email:

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club issue resolved

Perfect. A few hours later I received a message that our wine was on the way.

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club order confirmation

To avoid this issue, create your Club W account with your name exactly as it appears on your JetBlue account.

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club: Order received

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club order recieved
JetBlue & Club W Wine Club order received
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We received our four bottles of wine in a well-packed box that also included information about Club W and tasting notes for each wine.

JetBlue & Club W Wine Club: Well-packed shipment
JetBlue & Club W Wine Club: Well-packed shipment
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JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
JetBlue & Club W Wine Club order
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The wines

The wines we selected and received were:

  • 2014 L’Atelier du Sud® Sauvignon Blanc: $13.00
  • 2014 Chanchito Cabernet Sauvignon: $13.00
  • 2014 Porter & Plot® Chardonnay: $13.00
  • 2012 La Forza Super Tuscan: $13.00

In addition to the tasting notes that accompanied the wine, the website has information about each of the wines, a food pairing suggestion & recipe, and a video by a sommelier or wine professional discussing each of the wines.

Next step – trying the wines.

2014 L’Atelier du Sud® Sauvignon Blanc

2014 L'Atelier du Sud Sauvignon Blanc, JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
2014 L’Atelier du Sud Sauvignon Blanc, JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
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  • Price: $13.00, shipping included when shipment includes 4 bottles
  • Origin: Pays d’Oc, France
  • Described by Club W: “It’s a bit more weighty, round, and full-bodied on the palate than your typical Sancerre because the grapes grew in a warmer region, but no worries — we’re still delivering a classic, complex French Sauvignon Blanc, untouched by oak and fermented entirely in stainless steel.”
  • Our reaction: We liked it and rated it a 3.0-3.25 on a 1-5 scale. A nice, drinkable white for a relaxing afternoon or with appetizers in the early evening.

2014 Chanchito Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Chanchito Cabernet Sauvignon, JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
2014 Chanchito Cabernet Sauvignon, JetBlue Club W Wine Club
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  • Price: $13.00, shipping included when shipment includes 4 bottles
  • Origin: Vallé Central, Chile
  • Described by Club W: “Our Chanchito gets a little extra oomph from its blend of two Cabernet lots, one of which was aged in two- and three-year-old oak barrels. The oak provides structure and a bigger mouthfeel to complement the full body and dry finish, as well as the notes of black pepper, dark fruit, nutmeg, and jalapeño.”
  • Our reaction: We loved this wine and both rated it a strong 4 on a scale of 1-5. A big wine and a great value at $13. We’ve already added 3 bottles of this one to our next shipment.

2014 Porter & Plot® Chardonnay

2014 Porter & Plot Chardonnay, JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
2014 Porter & Plot Chardonnay, JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
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  • Price: $13.00, shipping included when shipment includes 4 bottles
  • Origin: Napa Valley, California
  • Described by Club W: “This beauty distinguishes herself with bright acidity and a pleasant balance of fruit and oak, two characteristics that lend a welcome versatility with food pairings.”
  • Our reaction: I’m not the Chardonnay fan of the two of us, but we both liked this one as well. It’s not over-oaked and has good balance. We rated it a 3.25.

2012 La Forza Super Tuscan

2012 La Forza Super Tuscan, JetBlue & Club W Wine Club
2012 La Forza Super Tuscan, JetBlue & Club W 
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  • Price: $13.00, shipping included when shipment includes 4 bottles
  • Origin: Tuscany, Italy
  • Described by Club W: “Back in the day, our first La Forza would’ve been labeled a table wine because it’s a blend of Sangiovese and Cabernet — but in a nod to the change these brave revolutionaries incited, it’s now designated Toscana IGT. It’s a 2012, and you can immediately see and smell the age in its prune-like color and notes of dried fruit and cocoa powder.”
  • Our reaction: Always a fan of a Super Tuscan, this one didn’t disappoint. We both gave it a 3.5.

Summing it up

Leave it to JetBlue, who has a knack for getting things right, to partner with a great wine club.

The promised 2,500 JetBlue points had an on-time arrival in my account on Feb 6.

Club W JetBlue points
Club W JetBlue points

The wines were good to great, delivered a good value, and arrived at our business door step, saving a trip to the wine shop. We’ve already picked our next month’s shipment of wines – with seven scheduled for that delivery. We’ll receive 1,000 more JetBlue points for each 24 bottles purchased going forward (and the first four bottles counted in the 24).

Cheers!


Disclaimer: The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. We received no compensation for this article. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club wine

American Airlines Aadvantage Miles & Vinesse Wine Club

Article by Kim Hull


At some point, you’ve probably received an email with an offer to receive air miles if you join a wine club. I recently received an email from American Airlines offering 5,000 miles. Other airlines have similar offers as well, such as Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards & Laithwaite’s Wines.

American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club email

The American Airlines offer was to receive 6 wines for $41.94 + 1 cent shipping, a complimentary six-piece deluxe wine tote, and 2,000 Aadvantage miles. Upon your second shipment, the cost goes up to regular price plus tax and delivery, and you receive an additional 3,000 Aadvantage miles. After that, the pricing stays the same and you earn 5 miles per dollar spent. There is no obligation to purchase more and the program can be cancelled at any time.

Vinesse Wine Club American Airlines

I was intrigued. We like wine and we like free airline miles.

I wondered what others thought of the program, flipped over to Google, searched American Airlines wine club, and…wowsa. There were some unhappy stories out there, although most were several years old. Most complaints related to being overcharged, charged twice, not receiving the miles, and not being able cancel.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: November 4 – The order

I decided to try it and see what happened and signed up on a Wednesday morning at 7:50am. The choices were to receive all whites, all reds, or a mix. I chose all reds.

 I immediately received a welcome message, with an online account login and temporary password, advising that the wine would be delivered within 10 days and the next shipment would arrive in 40 days.

Vinesse Wine Club welcome letter

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: November 5 – Wine received

The next day at 11:45am the wine was delivered. Impressive. Granted we are on the west coast and the shipment came from Napa, California, but still, for the wine to arrive within 30 hours from ordering was excellent.

American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club shipment
American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club shipment

The wine was packed in wine shipping crates and arrived in a heavy weight cardboard box.

Along with the wine, we received:

  • A letter from the founder of Vinesse that listed a customer service email and a toll free customer service number
  • A brochure about the program
  • Tasting notes for each wine sent
American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club shipment
American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club shipment

The 6 bottles of wine received were:

  • 2014 Ashfield Cellars California Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2013 Gracenote Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir
  • 2014 Dreamtime South Eastern Australia Shiraz
  • 2014 Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot
  • 2014 El Tiburon California Malbec
  • 2014 Le Monferrine Piemonte, Italy Barbera
American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club wine
American Airlines Vinesse Wine Club wine

I searched the internet for each wine to get a pricing comparison, but only came up with tasting notes and the Vinesse website, so I could not determine their actual retail value.

We did not receive the deluxe wine tote with the wine shipment.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: November 5 – The Member Service Center

I noticed documentation said the next shipment would be $88-$92 plus tax and delivery, so I logged onto the Vinesse wine club website to check how many bottles that included and what the estimated shipping would be.

After changing my temporary password, I landed at my Member Service Center page where I could view and change my wine shipment selections and update shipping and billing information. I was set to receive 6 bottles on my second shipment. I changed shipment quantities and then changed them back – everything was very easy to navigate.

Vinesse Wine Club Member Center page
Vinesse Wine Club Member Center page

The website also has a FAQs section, where I learned I should receive my miles “within 6-8 weeks of enrolling in the wine club.”

Regarding canceling the membership and minimums, the website states: “You may cancel your membership at any time, for any reason. There are no minimum purchases in any of our wine clubs. There is no minimum spending amount or minimum time commitment.”

As with any wine shipment, a person over 21 years of age must sign for the delivery, so we had it shipped to our business address. The FAQs states the shipments are sent either by UPS Ground or Golden State Overnight, and that if shipments are sent to a residence there is a $2.50 surcharge.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: The Wines

The prices listed on the Vinesse Wine Club website for each of the bottles we received were:

  • 2014 Ashfield Cellars California Cabernet Sauvignon: $14.99
  • 2013 Gracenote Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir $32.99
  • 2014 Dreamtime South Eastern Australia Shiraz $15.99
  • 2014 Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot $15.99
  • 2014 El Tiburon California Malbec $15.99
  • 2014 Le Monferrine Piemonte, Italy Barbera $19.99

Each bottle has a nice description, a member rating and review section, and food paring suggestions.

Vinesse Wine Club wine descriptions
Vinesse Wine Club wine descriptions @Vinesse Wine Club

The next step – trying the wine. We decided to drink them in order of price, from low to high.

2014 Ashfield Cellars California Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Ashfield Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
2014 Ashfield Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon
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  • Price: $14.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as: “This fruit-forward Cabernet offers notes of dark plum, cassis, red and dark berries, herbs and mocha.”
  • I checked the Vinesse website to see what others thought of the wine and there were no ratings.

Our reaction: It was drinkable, but not great. It reminded me of a wine you’d get at a restaurant or hotel bar for $6 a glass. On a scale of 1-5, we both rated it about a 2.

2014 Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot

2014 Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot
2014 Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as: “This concentrated, robust wine offers impressions of assorted red berries, black cherry and cocoa.”
  • There was 1 member rating on the Vinesse website with a rating of  2 on a scale of 1-5.

Our reaction: A bit better than the first one, we both rated it a 3. Lots of fruit. Probably wouldn’t buy it a second time.

2014 Dreamtime South Eastern Australia Shiraz

2014 Dreamtime South Eastern Australia Shiraz
2014 Dreamtime South Eastern Australia Shiraz
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as: “This juicy, fruit-forward wine offers notes of blueberry, red and black cherries, and eucalyptus.”
  • The 2014 Dreamtime South Eastern Australia Shira had three member reviews with an average rating of 3.5.

Our reaction: We both rated a 3.5. We both agree we would buy this one again. Smooth, drinks well, and a good value at $15.99.

2014 El Tiburon California Malbec

2014 El Tiburon California Malbec
2014 El Tiburon California Malbec
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as: “This soft, approachable wine offers notes of various red and black fruits, with a touch of oak in the finish.
  • There were 3 member ratings on the Vinesse website with an average rating of 1 out of 5.

Our reaction: We both rated 2.5. Drinkable, but not special.

2014 Le Monferrine Piemonte, Italy Barbera

  • Price: $19.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as:”This food-friendly wine offers notes of red berry, red cherry, caramel and toast.”
  • The 2014 Le Monferrine Piemonte had 4 member ratings averaging a score of 3 out of 5.

Our reaction: Our consensus was 3.5. Probably the best of the bunch.

2013 Gracenote Carneros, Napa Valley Pinot Noir

  • Price: $32.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as: “This nicely textured wine offers notes of red cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cedar and bay leaf.”
  • 3 member ratings on the Vinesse website with an average score of 4.5 out of a possible 5.

Our reaction: We rated 3. An okay wine, but probably not worth the higher price.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: To continue or not

Obviously, a big factor in the ongoing shipments of wine is the non-promotional price with shipping included.

I went back and checked the offer email and it said I’d receive 2,000 points with the first shipment and 3,000 with the second shipment – it didn’t say I couldn’t change the quantity on the second shipment.

I did not find any estimate on shipping in FAQs section of the Vinesse Wine Club website,  so I went to the sales section, where you can purchase additional wine. When I placed 1 bottle in the shopping cart, the estimated shipping was $18. The shipping increased slightly with every 2 bottles:

1 bottle = $18
2 bottles = $18
3 bottles = $21
4 bottles = $21
5 bottles = $25
6 bottles = $25

Next, I went to the AA.com to check the value of the Aadvantage points. If purchasing, the cost of the American Airlines Aadvantage points is $59 for 2,000 points and $88.50 for 3,000 points.

For the first shipment, we paid $41.95. With the 2000 points valued at $59, making the wine basically free, so the first shipment was a great deal.

We now had a decision to make on the second shipment. Using the top end of the estimated cost for 6 bottles of $92, each bottle would average $15.33.  The estimated cost with shipping, but without tax would be:

1 bottle = $33.33
2 bottles = $48.66 ($24.33 each + tax)
3 bottles = $66.99 ($22.33 each + tax)
4 bottles = $82.32 ($20.58 each + tax)
5 bottles = $101.65 ($20.33 each + tax)
6 bottles = $116.98 ($19.50 each + tax)

With the value of the additional 3,000 miles at $88.50, the additional shipment of six bottles seemed like a pretty good deal as well. The estimated total of 6 bottles would be $117, so after receiving the 3,000 points, the wine would cost about $28.50 plus tax. Even with hit and miss quality of the wines in the first shipment, we decided it was probably worth $28 to try 6 more bottles – assuming we would receive the miles as promised.

On November 27, I had not received the first 2,000 miles in my Advantage account and we never received the “deluxe wine tote.”

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: Shipment two

Our second shipment of wine arrived. The wine was shipped on December 16 and we received it on December 17, exactly as the Vinesse website had stated it would.

The six bottles received were:

  • Two bottles of 2014 Mayfield Cellars Paso Robles Merlot $15.99, which we had also received in the first shipment and rated 3 and noted, “Lots of fruit. Probably wouldn’t buy it a second time.”
  • Two bottles of 2014 Ashfield Cellars California Cabernet Sauvignon: $14.99, which we had also received in the first shipment, rated a 2, and noted, “It was drinkable, but not great. It reminded me of a wine you’d get at a restaurant or hotel bar for $6 a glass.”
  • Two bottles of 2014 Chalkstone Vineyards Paso Robles Syrah $16.99 – a new wine

The total for the shipment was $117.49, of which $95.49 was for the wine and $21.55 was for shipping and tax, which was not broken out on the shipping details, but was very close to the amount I’d estimated, if not slightly less.

With regard to the new wine…

2014 Chalkstone Vineyards Paso Robles Syrah

  • Price: $16.99
  • Described on the Vinesse Wine Club website as: “This full-bodied wine offers notes of black cherry, black berries, coconut, wood, chocolate and espresso.”
  • There were no member ratings for this wine.

Our reaction: We both rated at 1, didn’t finish the bottle and poured it out. I plan on using the 2nd bottle for cooking.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: Canceling the membership

I didn’t want to cancel the Vinesse Wine Club membership until I’d received the 3,000 miles for the second shipment, so I changed the account status on the Vinesse Wine Club website to delay the shipments for 3 months.

American Airlines Aadvantage Miles & Vinesse Wine Club 3000 miles postedOn January 8, 2016 the 3,000 miles hit my AAdvantage account, so I headed over to the Vinesse Wine Club website to cancel our membership. I couldn’t find a way to cancel on the website so I sent their customer service an email to cancel.

American Airlines Aadvantage Miles & Vinesse Wine Club email to cancel

I received a message back stating I needed to call to cancel.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles Vinesse Wine Club cancel membershipPersonally, I believe if you can order something online, you should be able to handle all customer service online. The email resolution would have been acceptable, but requiring you to call after sending customer service an email appears to be an effort to place one more hurdle in front of members to discourage them from canceling.

I called and the membership was canceled.

American Airlines AAdvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club: Summary

Pros

  • Overall, the American Airlines Aadvantage Miles / Vinesse Wine Club experience was a good value. The general quality of the wine was okay for most of the wines, with the one exception.
  • The program was managed as was described in the initial offer and the Vinesse Wine Club online account management tools were easy to use and straightforward.
  • We received the points we were offered.

Cons

  • We didn’t ever receive the wine tote.
  • No cancellation option on the website, then not handling the cancellation by the email sent, showed a lack of customer service by Vinesse.

Disclaimer: The content & opinions expressed are entirely our own. We received no compensation for this article. Reviews are opinion only and Chasing Light Media accepts no responsibility for how the information is used.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club - the wines

Southwest Airlines® Rapid Rewards & Laithwaite’s Wines

Article by Kim Hull


Always looking for more ways to earn points for free travel, we frequently check out the partner offers on airline websites for bonus points/miles opportunities.

The Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards “More Ways to Earn” section has quite a few interesting offers, ranging from food to flowers, to wine.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Partner offers

We have been known to drink a bit of wine, so we thought we’d try the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Laithwaite’s wine club.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: The offer

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards : Laithwaite's Wines wine club - the offer

The Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s 4 Seasons Wine Club introductory offer is for 15 bottles of wine and 2,000 Rapid Reward points for $69.99 plus $19.99 shipping and tax.

As a member of the 4 Seasons wine club, Laithwaite’s Wine will then send you a case of wine every 3 months unless you cancel. Each additional wine club shipment earns an additional 1,000 Rapid Rewards points and, if you choose to purchase any non-wine club wine, 3 points per dollar spent excluding shipping charges.

The website states it takes six to eight weeks for points to be posted to your Rapid Rewards account. Bonus points do not count towards A-List, A-List Preferred, or Companion Pass qualification.

So, $89.98 (wine + shipping) for 15 bottles made the cost per bottle $5.99 each + tax. If you add in the value of 2,000 Rapid Rewards points, which at the time we ordered was $55, it makes the wine cost $34.98 or $2.33 per bottle. We were in and placed the order.

The website states: “No obligations – we’ll only ever send you wines you want and you’re free to cancel at any time.”

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: The order

Placing the order was simple – it’s on the same page on the Laithwaite’s Wine website accessed from Southwest Airlines Rapid Reward website that has the program details.

When ordering, in addition to your shipping and payment information and Rapid Rewards number, you select whether you want to receive all reds, all whites, or a mix. The order page has links to the actual wine you will receive with descriptions for each.

The order page states to allow 10-14 days for delivery.

We placed the order on the 13th of November and were charged $95.39 at that time.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: The wine received

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club - order received
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club – order received
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We received our wine about 10 days later at our business location. If possible, it is best to have it shipped to an office as delivery companies will not leave wine without someone over 21 signing for the shipment.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club - order received
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club – order received
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The wine arrived well-packaged and included the exact 15 wines pictured on the website offer and some tasting notes.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club - wines received
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club – wines received
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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club - the wines
Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club – the wines
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Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: The wine

Of course, personal preferences in wine are as vast as the amount of wine produced, but here are our thoughts on each of the wines received.

Saserello 2014

Saserello 2014 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Saserello 2014 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $13.99
  • Bottles received: 2
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “Everybody’s talking about how fantastic today’s best Sicilian wines are,” (Decanter). And this new vintage of a popular red shows why. Expect mouthfuls of sun-baked dark-fruit flavor, plus spicy black pepper and smooth vanilla.”

Our reaction: We rated this one a 3 on a scale of 1-5. Decent wine, a little fruity.

Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2014

Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2014 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Collezione di Paolo Chianti 2014 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Bottles received: 1
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “Paolo Masi makes wines with irreproachably clean fruit and abundant personality,” says Gambero Rosso, Italy’s top wine guide. Don’t miss out on this latest release, filled with all the cherry-chocolate charm Paolo’s many fans have come to expect.”

Our reaction: Not good. We ranked it a 1 and poured it out.

Venta Real Gran Reserva 2005

Venta Real Gran Reserva 2005 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Venta Real Gran Reserva 2005 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $14.99
  • Bottles received: 2
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “Bodegas Fernando Castro has crafted pure Tempranillo reds since 1850. A hit in Berlin and Brussels, this top-vintage red spent 24 months in fine French and U.S. oak. Expect waves of plush red fruit and spice.”

Our reaction: Initially a 2, but it got better after an hour or so, so we settled on a 2.75.

Lobo e Falcao 2014

Lobo e Falcao 2014 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Lobo e Falcao 2014 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $12.99
  • Bottles received: 2
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “Wine Spectator calls Portugal “the most exciting wine place on the planet.” This silky arrival over-delivers on flavor AND value. Made at a historic estate, it’s a blockbuster blend of three native grapes, aged in fine oak for a toasty complexity.”

Our reaction: We rated this wine a 3. Again, a drinkable wine with a bit of spice. Full-bodied.

Chemins de Casel Pinot Noir 2014

Chemins de Casel Pinot Noir 2014 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Chemins de Casel Pinot Noir 2014 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Bottles received: 1
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “Christian Collovray and Jean-Luc Terrier make sought-after Burgundy in the Mâcon. But this great-value find hails from their estate in sunny, southern France’s premium Haute Vallée de l’Aude appellation. A classy red for your next dinner party.”

Our reaction: Not to our liking. We said 1.5 and used it to marinate mushrooms.

Shroud Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Shroud Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Shroud Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $14.99
  • Bottles received: 1
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “Our California expert knows a great Cabernet when she tastes one – and all it took was one sip of Douglas Danielak’s small-batch 2013 to know it was a must-have for our customers. Inviting blackberry and oak characters that are ideal for steak.”

Our reaction: Once again we rated this one a 3. A good everyday wine. Lots of fruit.

Condor Andino Reserve Malbec 2013

Condor Andino Reserve Malbec 2013 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Condor Andino Reserve Malbec 2013 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Bottles received: 2
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “From the same world-class cellar behind huge Malbec favorites The Waxed Bat and Alma Andina, this “impeccable” NEW exclusive was hailed as “one for the cellar” by Decanter judges. A sumptuous, barrel-aged Reserve you do not want to miss.”

Our reaction: Our rating was a 3.25 (we split 3 and 3.5). A drinkable Malbec.

The Prospector 2013

The Prospector 2013 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
The Prospector 2013 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $16.99
  • Bottles received: 1
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “From the excellent 2013 vintage (one of the best in recent California history) and Parker-rated winemaker Reed Renaudin comes this excellent ‘prospect’ – if you like super-rich, award-winning reds, that is.”

Our reaction: We rated 3.5. It was one of the better ones of the bunch.

Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 - Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite's Wines wine club
Black Saint Peter Old Vine Zinfandel 2013 – Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club
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  • Price: $15.99
  • Bottles received: 3
  • Described on the Laithwaite’s Wines website as: “This fruit-packed, popular red takes its name (and appealing depth of flavor) from the ancient vines of Lodi, epicenter of great California Zin. A huge hit at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, it’s brimming with ripe, brambly flavor.”

Our reaction: Fruity, traditional zin. We split our vote 3.0 and 3.5, so 3.25 average.

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: Online customer service center

Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite's Wines wine club online customer service
Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite’s Wines wine club online customer service

Each of the wines received were displayed in the “Wines I’ve purchased” section within our account, which was handy for rating the wines and viewing the price for each bottle.

Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite's Wines wine club account management
Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite’s Wines wine club account management

The online account management has good options with the ability to add tasting notes, rate wines “not for me” and get a view of the next order that will ship and the wines that will be included.

Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite's Wines: Next order preview
Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite’s Wines: Next order preview

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: Cancelling the membership

We received the Rapid Reward points for the Laithwaithe’s Wines wine club enrollment on December 16, a little over a month after placing the order, which was sooner than the 6-8 weeks stated at the time of the order.

Our final test of the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club was to close the account.

Logging on to the Laithwaite’s Wines website, we searched for about 10 minutes and never found a way to cancel membership, so we sent an email via the customer service form.

Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite's Wines: Message to cancel membership
Southwest Airlines & Laithwaite’s Wines: Message to cancel membership

We received an email the following day from Laithwaite’s confirming our membership had been canceled.

This quick note is to confirm that your 4 Seasons Wine Club membership has been canceled and no further action is required from you.

If you would like to reinstate your membership at any time, please call us at 1-800-842-4050. You’d be welcomed back with the added promise of cases tailored to your personal tastes…

Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club: Summary

Overall, the Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards / Laithwaite’s Wines wine club experience went exactly as was described in the offer. While wine preferences are subject to personal taste, in our opinion, the wines were consistently about a 3 on a scale of 1-5 – drinkable, everyday wines.

With the exception of not having the ability to close the account readily available on the website, we would rate the experience well and a good value.


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