American Airlines

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Traveling with American Airlines offers a range of dining options, depending on your flight type and duration. Here’s a quick breakdown:

Domestic Flights

On flights over 250 miles, you can enjoy a variety of complimentary beverages.

Coffee | Tea | Juice | Water| Coke | Diet Coke | Coke Zero | Dr. Pepper | Diet Dr. Pepper | Sprite | Diet Sprite | Aha Lime + Watermelon | Canada Dry Club Soda | Canada Dry Tonic Water | Canada Dry Ginger Ale.

Complimentary snacks, such as Biscoff cookies and pretzels.

For flights under 250 miles, non-alcoholic drinks are available upon request.

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Buy On Board

On domestic flights over 250 miles, you can purchase alcoholic beverages, including beer, wine, and liquor. Additionally, snacks are available on flights over 1,300 miles, typically around 3 hours or more. Selections may vary, and quantities are limited. Buy On Board is generally offered on US domestic and some short-haul international flights.

American Flagship Service – Transcontinental: Passengers on flights between New York Kennedy (JFK) to/from Los Angeles (LAX), San Francisco (SFO), and Santa Ana / Orange County (SNA), as well as Boston (BOS) to/from LAX, and select Miami (MIA) flights to/from LAX, can enjoy a meal and non-alcoholic drinks.

Does American Airlines Offer Complimentary Meals?

On select flights, AA offers complimentary meals:

Flagship Hawaii: Passengers traveling to/from Hawaii on flights between Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) and Chicago (ORD) can enjoy a meal and complimentary beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits after takeoff.

International Flights

Long-Distance International: For flights to Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, the Middle East, and select South American cities, passengers can indulge in a meal and complimentary beverages, including beer, wine, and spirits after takeoff. Additionally, mid-flight snacks and a meal before arrival are included.

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Whether you have specific dietary requirements, medical considerations, or religious preferences, American Airlines offers a range of special meals on select flights.

Request Your Special Meal in Advance

You can do this starting 30 days before your flight or up to 24 hours before departure.

Which flights offer special meals on American Airlines?

American Airlines provides special meals on flights to and from different regions, including Asia, Australia, Europe, New Zealand, Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, and Sao Paulo.

How to Order

Ordering your special meal is a breeze. You can make your selection and place your order conveniently through the American Airlines website.

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Special Meal Types

American Airlines offers a variety of special meals tailored to different dietary preferences:

Asian Vegetarian: Spicy vegetarian meals with limited dairy products.

Baby: Commercial baby food selections suitable for children aged 2 and younger.

Bland: Simple cooking methods suitable for passengers with digestive sensitivities.

Child’s: Meals designed to appeal to kids aged 2-5.

Diabetic: Suitable for those requiring reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic, or carbohydrate-controlled meals.

Gluten-Intolerant: Eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley, and oats.

Hindu: Prepared according to Hindu dietary practices and may include dairy, curries, and spicy flavors.

Kosher: Complies with Jewish dietary laws.

Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian: Vegetarian meals that may include eggs and dairy products.

Low Fat: High fiber, low-fat meal options.

Low Sodium: Prepared without added salt, MSG, or baking powder/soda.

Muslim: Excludes pork, by-products of pork, or alcohol-containing ingredients.

Non-Lactose: Eliminates cheese, dairy products, lactose, or milk derivatives.

Vegetarian Jain Meal: Vegetarian meals with fresh fruit and vegetables that grow above the ground, excluding certain ingredients.

Vegetarian / Vegan: Contains no meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy products, or derivatives.


U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Central, and select South American destinations

During meal times, enjoy:

A snack basket on flights covering 500-899 miles.

Full meal service on flights spanning over 900 miles.

Snacks on all flights without snack baskets or meals.

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As an Executive Platinum member or a frequent flyer, you have the exclusive opportunity to pre-select your meal in advance when booking first or business class flights.

Why Pre-Order?

Avoid the disappointment of getting whatever’s left over by making your choice in advance.

Which Flights?

This perk applies to all first and business class flights that serve meals on American Airlines and American Eagle. However, it’s not available on codeshare flights with other airlines or flights offering only refreshments.

When to Pre Select

You can choose your meal between 24 hours and 30 days before your flight departs, just before the check-in window opens. It’s a simple process that ensures you get the meal you desire.

How to Pre-Select

Head to the website and access the “manage your booking” function. You can do this by entering your six-digit record locator or logging into your AAdvantage account. If your ticket is eligible, you’ll find a “reserve a meal” option at the bottom of your itinerary.

Meal Options Available

While the primary menu reflects what’s served onboard, you may also find one or two bonus selections on some flights. These additional options will be clearly marked during the selection process. Detailed dish descriptions are provided online to help you make an informed choice.

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