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United airlines meals offerings will vary depending on where you are flying to and from. As a general rule, there is no complimentary meal service on United Airlines flights within North America, between the U.S. and Central America, and between Honolulu and Guam. However, complimentary snacks are provided as well as a range of non-alcoholic drinks.


You can read the latest economy class international review here.

On all United Airlines international flights (except Caribbean/Latin America) you will receive a complimentary three-course meal in economy class. This will include a salad, bread, main course and dessert; also you will receive a mid-flight snack of a sandwich or sweet treat on flights over 12 hours. Beer and wine are included. However, spirits and liqueurs will need to be purchased.


On flights under 800 miles long, no snacks are available inflight.

On flights over 500 miles expect to see snack boxes available, and on flights 1500 miles and the Bistro on Board food for sale program is available.


Alcoholic beverages are complimentary in premium cabins on all flights and in Economy Plus on transcontinental flights as well as Economy class transatlantic flights, flights between the U.S and Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. Trans-Pacific flights also offer complimentary alcohol on flights to Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Tahiti and Taiwan.

The following complimentary drinks are available on most flights.

Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke
Seagram’s products
Minute Maid Juices Apple, Cranberry, Apple Juice Cocktail, Orange Juice
Mott’s Tomato Juice
Mr & Mrs T Bloody Mary Mix
Illy coffee
Tea and Dasani Water


The Choice Menu is available for United Economy customers to purchase throughout North America and select Latin America markets. It’s available all day on most flights scheduled over 1.5hrs and offers Tapas, Savoury, and Classic snack boxes along with other snacks, including Pringles, fruit and nut bars and trail mix.

Bistro on Board offers fresh food for sale on most United mainline flights scheduled for more than 3hrs within North America and to select Latin America markets. The Bistro on Board menu items changes seasonally and offers some vegetarian options.

Hot meals are available on most flights between Hawaii and Chicago, Houston, Newark and Washington, D.C. as well as on most flights between New York JFK and Los Angeles or San Francisco.


Economy Class

Must be ordered at least 24 hours before departure and are available in economy class and premium cabins on:

  • Domestic flights over 2,000 miles, including Mexico and the Caribbean
  • Premium transcontinental flights
  • Flights between Hawaii and the mainland U.S.
  • Select short and long-haul international flights to or from the U.S. (except Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean)

Special meal options include: Asian Vegetarian (AVML), Child’s Meal (CHML), Gluten Intolerant (GFML), Kosher (KSML), and Vegan (VGML).

You can contact the airline here.

Further information on special meals can be found here.


Depending on your flight time refreshments, snacks and cold platters will be offered in First Class on flights under 3hrs. On flights over 3hrs expect a full meal service with entree options and a full bar offering.

Additional information for Polaris flights can be found here.

For flights within the USA, you can view the menu here.


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