If you find yourself on UA900 next month, United's non-stop service from San Francisco to Frankfurt, you now have the option to reserve premium meals for purchase in Economy.
Now during a special trial offer, you can reserve an in-flight meal before you fly. Rest assured that your meal choice will be waiting for you. Reserve an item from this simple and delicious menu and it will be delivered right to your seat.
Q: I noticed that Choice Menu options are now being offered on international flights. Does this mean that United is now going to charge for meals in economy class on international flights?
A: No. We would like to give our customers the option to purchase an upgraded, premium meal when traveling in economy class on international flights. If you choose not to upgrade your meal, you will be served a standard meal for free. If you do select a premium meal, it will replace the standard economy meal option for the first meal service on that flight, and payment will be collected on board.
If reserved, the international premium meal will replace the standard (free) offering on that flight. If the premium meal is refused or if a valid form of payment is not collected, a standard meal may not be available to the customer.
GRILLED TENDERLOIN - $19.00 (pay on board)
Treat yourself to a premium in-flight meal. Enjoy grilled tenderloin steak with compound butter, roasted fingerling potatoes and sautéed green beans; served with dessert, fresh fruit, selection of cheeses and crisp salad. Please note: your Premium Meal will replace only the first meal on your flight. Second and/or third meal service will be the standard United Economy® meal.
GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST - $19.00 (pay on board)
Opt to upgrade your in-flight meal. Enjoy grilled thyme chicken with stone ground mustard, basmati rice with chives, and sautéd mixed vegetables; served with dessert, fresh fruit, selection of cheeses and crisp salad. Please note: your Premium Meal will replace only the first meal on your flight. Second and/or third meal service will be the standard United Economy® meal.
CHEESE TORTELLINI - $19.00 (pay on board)
Indulge yourself with a premium in-flight meal. Choose cheese tortellini with roasted vegetables and marinara sauce; served with dessert, fresh fruit, selection of cheeses and crisp salad. Please note: your Premium Meal will replace only the first meal on your flight. Second and/or third meal service will be the standard United Economy® meal.
Coincidentally, the meals sound exactly like Business Class meals. And I can tell you right now--I wouldn't pay $19 for them.
Nonetheless, I can't fault UA for trying and if it doesn't cost much to procure these extra meals, hopefully they can make a few dollars.
Right now, UA is testing out the international BOB service on UA900 only. More cities will be added if the trial is successful.
United is also testing out the new pre-reserved (cold) meal program on select p.s. flights between SFO and JFK.
CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD -- $9.00 (pay on board)
Grilled chicken, red and yellow bell pepper strips, shredded parmesan cheese on a bed of crisp romaine lettuce, served with classic caesar dressing and croutons on the side.
TURKEY SANDWICH -- $9.00 (pay on board)
Tender smoked turkey topped with crisp romaine lettuce and sundried tomato aioli sauce on multigrain bread, accompanied by Kettle Classics potato chips.
ASSORTED CHEESE TRAY -- $6.00 (pay on board)
Specially selected cheeses including montery jack, havarti dill and cheddar, dried cranberries, almonds and assorted Pepperidge Farm crackers.
CLASSIC SNACK BOX -- $6.00 (pay on board)
Kettle Backyard BBQ Chips, Oreo Cookies, Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Crackers, Sparrer Beef Salami, Gourmet Cheddar Cheese Spread, Pepperidge Farm Crackers.
I'd like to see UA offer hot meals for purchase in Economy on Hawaiian flights to/from Chicago and Denver and also allow Business and First Class passengers to reserve their meal choices on all flights. But I know that's asking for quite a lot, especially the second request...
Details at united.com.