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Since March 10 the airline is suspending all hot towel services in all cabins. In addition, customers will receive a new plastic or paper cup with every drink request. All glassware will be removed from premium cabins and replaced with plastic or paper cups.

American will offer limited food and beverage options from March 27 through April 30.

For all flights shorter than 2,200 miles (around 4.5hrs)

Alcohol will not be available in Main Cabin. Alcohol is available on request in first class.

Beverages are available on request and limited to water, canned beverages or juice.

No snacks or food for purchase will be served.

Meals will not be offered in first class.

For all flights longer than 2,200 miles (around 4.5  hours +), including transcontinental and flights to Hawaii

Alcohol will not be served in Main Cabin and Main Cabin Extra except on long-haul international flights. Alcohol will be available in first class.

Other Main Cabin beverages will be served as usual.

No snacks or food for purchase will be served. Main Cabin meals will be served on long-haul international flights.

First and business class meals will be served on one tray versus in courses.

American will also suspend pre-departure drinks service on all flights.


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. 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.

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


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


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.

From February 2019 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.


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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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.

Please note!

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.



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.


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.


For first and business class passengers you can reserve your 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.


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