American Airlines is playing catch up to every other major airline in the United States and is FINALLY going to offer free snacks again in economy class on domestic flights. Although this announcement is not anything special, as airlines such as Southwest, Delta, and Alaska has been offering complimentary snacks for as long as I can remember, and maybe even my entire life, American is finally reintroducing cheap carb loaded snacks in the main cabin after a ten year hiatus!
In February, complimentary Main Cabin snacks will be available on American’s transcontinental flights, which include routes between:
- New York’s JFK and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
- JFK and San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
- Miami International Airport (MIA) and LAX
All other domestic flights will offer an assortment of complimentary snacks in the Main Cabin by April.
Customers traveling on flights departing prior to 9:45 a.m. will receive Biscoff® cookies. On flights departing after 9:45 a.m., customers will have a choice between Biscoff® cookies or pretzels, rotated on a seasonal basis. American’s Food for Sale items will also be available for purchase on all flights.
Starting in May, complimentary meal service will be available in the Main Cabin on all flights between Hawaii and Dallas / Fort Worth International Airport (DFW).
American’s new snack offering pails in comparison to Delta which offers the same cookies, peanuts, and pretzels on all flights, but it’s a step in the right direction. It’s silly to me that American would offer the same item as their arch-nemesis Delta, instead of introducing something special, like the stroopwafe on United. But then again, American is a monkey see Monkey do airline, heck look at the Advantage changes coming during the second half of this year for further proof. But, despite my hating on America, I will say, the idea of complimentary cat food meals on long haul flights between Dallas and Honolulu in the main cabin, is a step above the competition, as even Delta and United do not offer complimentary meals from their mid continental and East Coast hubs to Hawaii.