Safety updates to inflight dining
Your safety and the safety of our employees is our highest priority. To try and further limit potential exposure to COVID-19 on board, we made some changes to our inflight service.
- We’ve moved to primarily serving covered or pre-packaged foods and sealed beverages.
- We streamlined our services so we can serve more items in one step and decrease physical touchpoints.
- We’re also unable to offer special meals except for Kosher meals on flights between the U.S. and Tel Aviv, New York/Newark and London Heathrow (starting July 1), and San Francisco and Sydney (starting August 1).
Beverage changes for all flights
We will be offering sealed beverages on various flights. If you’re on a flight under 1 hour, you’ll receive beverages on request. Coffee and tea are available all day on all flights. Non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary in United Economy®, and alcoholic beverages are complimentary in premium cabins. Wine and beer are complimentary in United Economy on long-haul international flights. Poured wine will also be available on select premium routes.
Beer, wine and hard seltzer are available on mainline domestic flights over 2 hours and 20 minutes and flights between our hubs.
Food changes for domestic flights
We won't have snacks available in United Economy for flights under 2 hours and 20 minutes or in United First® for flights under 1 hour. As always, you're welcome to bring snacks on board. For flights between 1 hour and 2 hours and 20 minutes in United First, you'll receive an "all-in-one" snack bag with an 8.5-ounce bottled water and two snacks.
For flights 2 hours and 20 minutes or longer, you'll receive an "all-in-one" snack bag with an 8.5-ounce bottled water and two snacks in United Economy, and the option to purchase beer, wine and hard seltzer, so be sure to save a form of payment before boarding — we won’t accept physical credit cards while in flight. On flights over 4 hours, you can also purchase snacks from our Choice Menu
In United First, for flights over 4 hours, you’ll receive a covered entrée and sides. For flights over 2 hours and 20 minutes, you'll be offered a choice between a selection of sandwiches and one of our snack boxes on select flights from:
- Chicago O’Hare
- Fort Lauderdale
- Fort Myers
- Houston Intercontinental
- Los Angeles
- New York/Newark
- San Francisco
- Washington Dulles
- West Palm Beach
On flights from all other airports, only the snack box will be available.
Food changes for premium transcontinental and Hawaii flights
If you're flying in United Economy or Economy Plus®, you'll receive an "all-in-one" snack bag with an 8.5-ounce bottled water and two snacks. Snacks, beer and wine are also available for purchase. However, you’ll need to save a form of payment before you board. To maintain a safer and more touchless travel experience, you won’t be able to use credit cards while in flight.
Customers in the premium cabin will receive their meal covered with their choice of entrée, salad and salad dressing, mixed nuts, bread and a sealed, single-serve cup of ice cream.* Premium cabin customers will also be offered a packaged snack for pre-arrival.
Food changes for international flights
In United Economy®, you’ll receive an entrée, salad and salad dressing, a snack and a sealed, single-serve cup of ice cream. You may also receive pre-packed mid-flight and pre-arrival items on select flights. Everything is served packaged or covered for you to unwrap.
In United Premium Plus® and United Polaris® business class, your entrée, salad and salad dressing, bread and single-serve cup of ice cream will be served together.* Everything is served packaged or covered for you to unwrap. You’ll receive a pre-packaged snack for midflight and a fresh packaged meal for pre-arrival on select flights.
Temporary changes to complimentary snack and drink benefit for Premier 1K members
We’ve made some temporary changes to our inflight service, so we’re currently offering Premier® 1K® members seated in Economy a complimentary snack and beer, wine or hard seltzer on these select domestic flights:
- On flights 2 hours and 20 minutes or longer, or on flights between our hubs, you can have a beer, wine or hard seltzer on us.
- On flights over 4 hours, you can select a free snack from our Choice Menu.
- *Ice cream cups only available on select flights.