According to ABC News, United Airlines will add complimentary snacks to all its North American and Latin American flights, starting in February 2016. United’s announcement is a pleasant change from the current airline trend of charging fees for services that used to be complimentary.
For morning flights, those departing before 9:45 a.m. local time, United will provide passengers with a complimentary Stroopwafel, a caramel waffle. On flights departing later in the day, passengers will receive complimentary snack mixes, comprised of pretzel sticks, corn sticks, and soy nuts, in either Asian or Zesty Ranch flavors. The snacks will be offered on flights that don’t already have any complimentary options for passengers.
United also joins the current airline trend of serving gourmet coffee on board, as it moves to offer passengers Illy coffee.
Generally, airlines have steadily stopped offering complimentary snacks to passengers over the past decade, though some airlines continue to offer complimentary mixed nuts and other snack mixes, along with complimentary soft drinks and juices. Snack offering differ from one airline to the next. Some of the airlines that offer complimentary snacks are AirTran, Delta, JetBlue, Southwest, and now, United.
While United’s announcement comes as an unexpected surprise, it won’t do much in reversing the movement to charge fliers for once complimentary on-flight services. Read More.
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