United airlines meals and snacks 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.

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ECONOMY CLASS – INTERNATIONAL SERVICES

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.

ECONOMY CLASS – NORTH AMERICA DOMESTIC/CARIBBEAN/LATIN AMERICA

Since July 2019 passengers travelling on these services can choose from complimentary Byrd’s maple wafers, pretzels, and stroopwafels. These are served alongside complimentary soft drinks, juices, tea and freshly brewed illy coffee.

If you’re after something more substantial on these flights, you can make purchases from the inflight menu listed below.

Note that all flights accept credit and debit cards only for payments.

CHOICE MENU

The Choice Menu offers Snack Shop and Bistro on Board menu items for United Economy customers to purchase throughout North America and select Latin America markets. The Snack Shop is available all day on most flights scheduled over 1.5hrs and offers Tapas, Savory, and Classic snack boxes along with other snacks, including Pringles, fruit and nut bars and trail mix. Credit or debit card transactions only.

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BISTRO ON BOARD

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 throughout the year and does offer a vegetarian option. The latest options include Egg white and chicken sausage sandwich, Blackberry Vanilla Oats, Scrambled Egg Skillet, Brioche Cheeseburger, Meze Sampler plus many more.

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.

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SPECIAL MEALS 

ECONOMY CLASS

These must be ordered at least 24 hours before departure and are available in economy class on trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, intra-Pacific flights as well as South American flights to/from Argentina, Brazil and Peru. Special meals will be served where United serves breakfast, lunch or dinner services.

In economy class, you may order the following ten special meals, Asian Vegetarian, Hindu Indian Vegetarian, Vegan, Vegetarian facto ova, Child, Gluten-Free, Jain, Japanese, Kosher and Muslim. Need to order your meal?

Contact United here.

BUSINESS/FIRST CLASS

For US Domestic flights in First Class, special meals are available for pre-order on flights over 2,000 miles such as New York/Newark and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston and from the continental U.S. to Hawaii and vice versa.  Passengers travelling in First Class may order the following options, Asian vegetarian, Hindu (Indian) vegetarian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Child, Gluten-free, Jain, Japanese, Kosher and Muslim.

For further information on special meals, check here.

DRINKS

Alcoholic beverages are complimentary in premium cabins on all flights and in Economy Plus on transcontinental flights.

All economy class flights to Asia, Europe, the Middle East, the South Pacific and select destinations in Latin America include complimentary house beers and wine. Spirits and Liqueurs can be purchased from the inflight menu.

The following complimentary drinks are available on most flights.

Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke
Sprite
Dasani Sparkling Lime
Dasani Bottled Water
Minute Maid Juices Apple, Cranberry, Apple Juice Cocktail, Orange Juice
Mott’s Tomato Juice
Mr & Mrs T Bloody Mary Mix
Seagram’s, Ginger Ale, Seltzer and Tonic water
illy Dark Roast coffee plus a decaf option
Tea

Alcoholic Beverages

Beer $8
Miller  Lite
Stella Artois
Goose Island  312 Urban Wheat Ale
Breckenridge Brewery Hop Peak IPA

House red and white wines $9
Wines are available for purchase on premium transcontinental flights, United flights within North America and to/from Hawaii and the Caribbean and Central America.

Spirits $9
Wheatley Craft Distilled Vodka
Bacardi Superior Rum
Dewar’s “White Label®” Blended Scotch Whisky
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

Premium spirits & liqueurs $10
The following are available for purchase on most United flights.

Baileys Irish Cream
Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whisky

POLARIS/FIRST CLASS DINING

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.

For flights within the USA, please check here for the entire inflight service offering based on your flight time.

For Polaris flights, you can check further information here.

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Nik has been running Inflight Feed since 2012, and since then he's taken well over 500 flights for work and pleasure. He documents his inflight meal experiences right here; he's also a freelance writer covering inflight meal trends, he has written for CNN and has regular columns in leading industry magazines. He's been featured in Vogue, QZ, Lifehacker, The New York Times plus many major news outlets across the globe.