Either you travel on the regular basis or for a business purpose; it can be difficult to keep track of what food might be available on flights. But there are a couple of US flights that offer the free snacks and a variety of goodies for purchase. You can usually assume that there are varieties of dining choices if you are flying in business or first class, or on an overseas international flight.
If you would like to know what food is available to you on your next flight, then see below and check out the best food airlines that provide the airline meals and snacks for their customers.
Alaska Airlines sells hot meals on flights over 2.5 hours; a fruit and cheese platter is available for purchase on most flights if you are on the plane for more than 2 hours. Prices vary.
- The snacks are known as “picnic packs” that have applied a cost.
- There is a special selection of for-purchase meals on flights to and from Hawaii, including red miso ginger chicken.
- Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary, while beer, wine, and liquors are available free for first class but the cost is applied to economy class passengers.
Recently, American Airlines starts to offer free snacks in economy class on all domestic flights. The airline is also offering the cookies and pretzels, as well as free meals on flights between Dallas/Fort Worth and Hawaii. Complimentary foods are also offered on flights between the U.S. and Europe, Asia and some destinations in Latin America.
- On other international flights as well as all domestic flights, economy-class fliers can purchase items such as snack packs and sandwiches.
- Passengers in first or business class get free snacks, “Lite Bites” or full meals, depending on the length and time of the flight.
- Non-alcoholic beverages are free on all flights, while economy-class passengers have to pay for alcohol. But it is free for business and first class passengers.
Delta Air Lines
Delta offers one complimentary snack like pretzels, peanuts, and cookies on most economy-class flights, as well as a menu of for-purchase items such as Pringles chips, sandwiches, wraps and fruit/cheese plates on US, Caribbean and Latin America flights of at least 900 miles.
- Complimentary meals are available on longer international flights.
- First and business-class passengers get complimentary snacks and/or meals, depending on the length of the flight.
- Complimentary non-alcoholic drinks are offered on all flights.
- Those passengers are travel on the First and business-class can get the free alcoholic drinks, while economy-class passengers have to pay.
JetBlue serves a variety of complimentary snacks and beverages in its economy-class cabins. You can purchase beer, wine, and cocktails with an applicable cost. The boxed snacks are available on most flights longer than two hours but charges may apply.
- There is also an EatUp Cafe selection that includes sandwiches, salads, cheese plate, etc. on some longer flights.
- Fares in JetBlue’s premium cabin, called Mint, include complimentary meals, small plates, and alcoholic beverages, is available only on select transcontinental or international flights.
Peanuts, pretzels and non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary on all flights. Beer, wine, spirits and mixed drinks are available with cost. On longer flights, other complimentary snacks are available. Passengers in Business Select get one free premium drink.
United offers complimentary meals in coach on most international flights. In coach class on North American flights over two hours including flights to the continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, Central America, the Caribbean, and Mexico), snacks are available for purchase.
- On Northern American flights over 3.5 hours, fliers can purchase more substantive options such as sandwiches and salads.
- In first or business class, meals and snacks are complimentary and vary based on the length of your flight and the time of day.
- Soft drinks are complimentary on all flights,; economy-class passengers have to pay for alcoholic beverages, while passengers in the premium cabin enjoy these for free.
Virgin America charges for all snacks in economy class, and for meals like sandwiches or salads. Most of these items are complimentary in first class or Main Cabin Select (premium economy).
- Meals are available on all flights over two hours.
- Some non-alcoholic beverages are free like Coke, Sprite, orange juice and coffee, while “premium” non-alcoholic drinks are available on the
- Alcoholic drink ranges are varied for economy-class fliers.
- Passengers in premium class can enjoy most drinks for free.