Please note this information supersedes previous inflight meal information.

United will stop refilling used cups and glasses in all cabins. If you request a refill, flight attendants will provide a new cup or glass. All tableware, dishes, cutlery and glassware used in premium cabins will be thoroughly washed and sanitised.

The airline has re-introduced the hot beverage service on most flights.

Meal Service Domestic Flights

Domestic flights under 1.5 hours sealed drinks only, no snacks available.

Domestic flights 2.20 hours economy class offered a snack bag. 

Premium cabin passengers (on flights over 2hrs 20 mins) flying from Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco, Washington and Honolulu to Los Angeles and San Francisco will be offered a choice of:

A bagel baguette with veggie cream cheese or Turkey Monte with Raspberry Jam on morning flights.

Tomato Basil and Mozzarella Focaccia or Carved Roasted Chicken Focaccia on afternoon and evening flights.

Beverage Service Changes

On flights over 2.20 hrs, beverage service will be conducted.

On flights of 1 hr and 2.20 hrs only sealed drinks are offered, no hot drink service available. 

Only Beer, Wine or Liqueur is available in premium cabins, all other alcohol items have been removed.

Water bottles replace poured water services.

Complimentary beer and wine are available on long haul economy class services. 

Coffee and tea are available on flights before 9:45 am on international flights and premium transcontinental flights.

Premium Transcontinental Flights

Economy class will be offered a snack choice.

Premium cabin will have a choice of two hot entrees (a vegetarian option offered if available). All food will be packaged or covered so that customers can unwrap it themselves.

International Flights

Economy class will be offered a choice of two hot entrees (including a vegetarian option). Pre-packaged food options will be provided for second service or mid-flight meal service. You will receive a meal tray consisting of a hot meal, salad, snack and dessert. 

Polaris will have a choice of three entrees (including a vegetarian option). Pre-packaged food options will be offered for second service or mid-flight meal service. Meals are served on one tray, rather than course by course service.


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.

Economy Class International

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, 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 in the above tab.

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


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

The following complimentary drinks are available on most flights.

Coke, Coke Zero, Diet Coke
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

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 Whiskey
Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

Premium spirits & liqueurs $10
Baileys Irish Cream
Bombay Sapphire Dry Gin
Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Glenfarclas Single Malt Scotch Whiskey


Economy Class

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.

You may order the following ten special meals:

Asian Vegetarian, Hindu Indian Vegetarian, Vegan, Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo, Child, Gluten-Free, Jain, Japanese, Kosher and Muslim.

You can contact the airline here.

Business/First Class

On U.S. 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.

Asian vegetarian, Hindu (Indian) vegetarian, Vegan, Vegetarian, Child, Gluten-free, Jain, Japanese, Kosher and Muslim.

Further information on special meals can be found here.


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.

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.

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.

Further information 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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