American Airlines


Main Cabin

In all cabins on flights between 900 – 2199 miles, you will be served a snack bag during boarding. For transcontinental flights such as LAX/SFO to JFK long haul Hawaii (DFW/ORD to Hawaii) and long haul international flights expect a meal tray service. Note that inflight beverage services are only offered on flights over 2200 miles (Around 4.5 hours flying time) if your flight is under 2200 miles you can request non-alcoholic beverages. On long haul international flights in the main cabin, a limited range of alcoholic beverages is available.

First Class

Since 15 July the airline is enhancing First Class domestic service by offering you a boxed fruit and cheese plate on flights over 900 miles or longer. Alcohol is available for all first and business class flights.

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Your inflight meals options on American Airlines will depend on where you are flying to and from. Since 1 December 2018 Zoes Kitchen and AA have teamed up to introduce a new food for sale menu for customers in Main Cabin on US domestic flights. The airline has also started offering free meals/snacks on domestic US flights, and since August 2018 a new pre-order meal system is in place for main cabin passengers.

On international flights meals, beer and wine are free if you’re flying to/from Europe, Asia and some Latin American cities that take-off during usual breakfast, lunch and dinner times.

You can view the latest Inflight Feed review of American Airlines right here.

U.S Domestic Flights

Passengers can enjoy Biscoff cookies or mini pretzels on flights over 250 miles, and non-alcoholic beverages are also included.

Transcontinental Flights

Meals are free on the following flights, and you will have a choice of a continental breakfast box, fresh sandwich wrap or fruit and cheese. These meals are available on the following flights:

Los Angeles (LAX) and New York (JFK)
San Francisco (SFO) and JFK

Other U.S Flights

For flights not mentioned, AA also offers a buy on board program for economy class passengers providing a wide range of snacks and meals; options change regularly to provide customers with a variety of choices.

Some of the new Zoes Kitchen options will include:

Continental Breakfast Box

Valencia Chicken Sandwich

Turkey and Pimento Cheese Wrap

AAdvantage® Executive Platinum and ConciergeKeySM members get a complimentary alcoholic drink and food menu item.

Credit and debit cards are accepted on all American Airlines operated flights; American Eagle is cash-only.

For further information on the buy on board program go here.

Pre Order Meals

Since August 2018 you can now pre-order from a choice of three meal options including Fruit and Cheese Plate ($8.99), Chicken Arugula Wrap ($9.99) and a Turkey Sandwich ($9.99).

These meals can be booked on flights that are:

Over three hours in duration
Departure time between 9:45 am and 8 pm
Flights that don’t typically provide passengers with a free meal or snack such as International, or Transcon flights.

Meals can be booked via the manage my booking function on the AA website from 30 days up to 24 hours before departure.

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Domestic U.S Routes

A new meal service concept has been launched since September 2018 for domestic US routes. Depending on your flight length/time will determine what is served.

Up to 175 miles

Drinks service only.

Up to 699 miles
(under 2 hrs)

A light snack such as a fig bar, cookies or pretzels.

700-899 miles
(2 – 2:30 hrs)

Warmed mixed nuts and a selection of plated snacks like fruit and cheese, hummus and pita or spinach dip and pita; or a warm cookie is served.

900 – 1,298 miles
(2:30 – 3:30 hours)

Warmed mixed nuts, a three-course meal including a warm cookie for dessert.

1,299 + miles
(over 3:30 hours)

An appetiser paired with your entrée followed by cake for dessert after lunch and ice cream for dessert after dinner.

Over 2,200 miles and over 4:30 hours

Same as above and you will also receive a choice of dessert: made-to-order ice cream or a fruit and cheese plate.


Select routes under 900 miles- The airline will continue a more enhanced meal service including Warm mixed nuts followed by a three-course meal including a warm cookie for dessert on most flights (not all) between:

Chicago (ORD) to Austin (AUS), Boston (BOS), New York Kennedy (JFK), New York LaGuardia (LGA), Raleigh-Durham (RDU), Washington Reagan (DCA).

Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) to Chicago (ORD) and Mexico City, Mexico (MEX).

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) to Port Au Prince, Haiti (PAP).

Miami (MIA) to Port Au Prince, Haiti (PAP), Washington Reagan (DCA) and Washington Dulles (IAD).

Note that full meals are served on departures between 5 a.m. -1:30 p.m. and 4:01 p.m. – 8 p.m. Warmed mixed nuts, and Lite Bites are served on departures between 1:31 p.m. – 4 p.m. and after 8:01 p.m.


First and business class passengers can reserve their entrée on American Airlines flights with scheduled meal service. To do so simply manage your booking.

Available for customers travelling on American Airlines in First or Business class, on the majority of flights that are scheduled to offer a meal.
You can reserve your meal beginning 30 days (and up to 24 hours) before departure.
If you change your flight, reservation is required again.
Meals may not be available at times as there is a limit on numbers.


U.S Domestic Flights

Special meals are only available in First/Business class on most flights within the US. These include special meal options:

Asian Vegetarian, Diabetic, Gluten Intolerant, Hindu, Kosher, Muslim and Vegetarian/Vegan. 

Book up to 24 hours before departure via the manage your booking function on right here.

International Flights

All classes can choose from the following special meal options:

Asian Vegetarian, Baby, Bland, Child, Diabetic, Gluten-Free, Hindu, Kosher, Lacto Ovo Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low sodium, Muslim, No lactose, Vegetarian/Vegan. 

The above meals are available on flights to/from:

New Zealand
Belo Horizonte, Brazil (CNF)
Brasilia, Brazil (BSB)
Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)
Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
Santiago, Chile (SCL)
Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU)

Passengers should order at least 24 hours before the flight. For further info, please check here.


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