Order your inflight meal ahead of time

We're here to make your travel easy and enjoyable, and that includes tailoring your trip to your tastes. Now, we'll email you before your flight so you can see the menu we'll offer on board and preorder your meal* — all before you even check in for your flight.

You can choose your meal starting five days before your departure and up to 24 hours before your flight. If you forget to choose a meal ahead of time, don’t worry — we'll still have a meal available for you on board.

How to choose your inflight meal

  • Step 1

    You’ll get an email notification 5 days before your departure for any flights eligible for preorder. You can also visit united.com/preordermeals and log in with your reservation information.
  • Step 2

    Take a look at our menu and choose the meal you’d like to enjoy on board. If you’re traveling with other people on the same reservation, you can choose their meals at the same time or come back later and choose for them up to 24 hours before your flight.
  • Step 3

    Save your choice and you’re done! When you’re on board, a flight attendant will confirm your choice and then it’s time to enjoy your meal.

Frequently asked questions

 

Choosing your meal

  • We'll send you an email notification with a link to the selection page five days before departure. You can also visit united.com/preordermeals and enter your last name and your flight confirmation number to see your meal options. 
  • You can choose your meal starting five days before your departure and up to 24 hours before your flight. If you don't choose a meal during that timeframe, a flight attendant will ask for your meal preference on board.
  • Yes, if you’re on a flight that offers special meals, you can choose one when you book your flight, or by adding a request to an existing reservation. You can learn more about special meals on our Special meals page.
  • Preorder meals are only available in the premium cabin on certain eligible flights, so we’ll only send you a notification five days in advance if you're traveling on an eligible flight. Once you receive the notification, you’ll be able to choose your meal for any eligible flights up to 24 hours before departure. For non-eligible flights, you can order your meal on board.
  • Preorder meals are only available on certain eligible flights that depart from our hubs in Los Angeles and Washington Dulles. If you're flying to either of those airports or have a return flight to Los Angeles or Washington Dulles, you won't be able to choose your meal ahead of time. We'll keep adding more flights in the future, and if you're on an eligible flight, we'll send you a notification to choose your meal.

Meal changes

  • No, if your flight plans change, your meal will be canceled automatically.
  • We can't guarantee your meal choice since menus and availability of meal options can change sometimes, but we'll do our best to serve you the meal you chose.
  • Right now, you won't be able to change your meal choice once you save your selection. But if your flight changes, we'll cancel your original order, and if your new flight is eligible and within the selection window, you'll receive a new notification to choose a meal.
  • Yes, you can ask for a different meal and our flight attendants will do their best to accommodate your request. Our availability of menu options is limited, and we might not be able to accommodate all requests.

Footnotes

*After you select your entree, we'll do our best to reserve it for your flight. We try to serve you the meal you chose, but we can't guarantee it since availability of meal options may change. If you choose a meal and then decide that you'd like something different, we're happy to offer other meal options on board.

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