The meal options on American Airlines will depend on where you are flying to and from. From 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 flying to/from Europe, Asia and some Latin American cities that take off during normal breakfast, lunch and dinner times.


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 offer a buy on board program for economy class passengers offering a wide range of snacks and meals, options change regularly to offer customers a variety of choices.

From 1 December 2018 the new Zoes Kitchen options will include:

Breakfast Sandwich: Turkey bacon, egg slices and tomato topped with baby arugula on a waffle brioche bun with Calabrian pepper aioli.
Continental Breakfast Box: Belgian waffle, hazelnut spread and fresh berries.
The Grüben: Zoes signature sandwich with sliced turkey, Manchego cheese,  Mediterranean slaw and feta spread layered on marble wheat bread, served with a Zoes chocolate chip cookie.
Chicken Wrap: Grilled chicken wrap with mozzarella, roasted tomatoes, arugula and artichokes, served with a Zoes chocolate chip cookie
Hummus Duo: Zoes hummus duo, including Kalamata olives and basil pesto hummus, served with pita bread, cucumber and carrot.

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: 9:45am and 8pm
Flights that don’t normally provide passengers with a free meal or snack such as International, or  Trans Con flights.

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


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)

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 appetizer 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 still 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.


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 prior to 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 here.

Available for customers traveling 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.


Example menu below, for the most up to date check here.