Save a form of payment to buy snacks and drinks

We’re working to make your trip more enjoyable while maintaining a safer and more touchless travel experience.

Starting March 4, 2021, you’ll be able to buy snacks and drinks again on select flights. However, to do this, you’ll need to save a form of payment before you board. You won’t be able to use credit cards while in flight. You can also use the PayPal app on select flights for in-flight purchases. Learn more here.

Whether you are using the United app or PayPal, be sure to save or verify your United MileagePlus® Chase Card as your primary form of payment before traveling. When you pay with your card, you’ll receive 25% back on inflight purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi.*

First, browse the following snacks and drinks available for purchase:

All day

Flights scheduled over 4 hours

Within the United States, including to/from Hawaii

Snacks

Image of Pringle chios snack size, Original Potato Crisps

Pringles®

Original Potato Crisps

$4

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Image of Trü Frü Banana Bites bag of snacks.

Trü Frü Banana Bites

Hyper-dried bananas in dark chocolate

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Image of Food Should Taste Good™ Chips & Salsa snack size

Food Should Taste Good™ Chips & Salsa

Sweet potato tortilla chips with roasted pepper salsa

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Image of GourmetNut Mega Omega Trail Mix snack size

GourmetNut Mega Omega Trail Mix

Walnuts, dried mango, almonds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds

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Snackboxes

Image of Tapas snackbox select offered on the flight

Tapas snackbox

Hummus, bruschetta, breadstick crackers, flatbread crackers, sea salt almonds, olives, dark chocolate sea salt caramel

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Image of Takeoff snackbox select offered on the flight

Takeoff snackbox

Salami, apricots, gouda cheese spread, white cheddar cheese spread, multigrain crackers, cream crackers, smoked almonds, Toblerone®

$10

Image of Recline snackbox select offered on the flight

Recline snackbox

Pirate's Booty® white cheddar puffs, honey mustard pretzels, gummi bears, OREO® cookies

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Products may contain allergens, such as dairy, sesame, shellfish, soy, tree nuts and wheat.

Then, save your form of payment; here’s how:

There are a few easy ways to save a form of payment before your flight so you can buy snacks and drinks while in the air.



Save to your MileagePlus account (preferred)

By saving your form of payment this way, it’ll be available for all future flights.

  1. Sign in to your MileagePlus® account on united.com
  2. Under “Profile & Preferences,” go to “Saved form of payment”
  3. Select “Add saved form of payment”
  4. Fill out information and select “Save”

When you check in, you'll need to verify your saved form of payment.

Save to your MileagePlus account (preferred)

By saving your form of payment this way, it’ll be available for all future flights.

  1. Sign in to your MileagePlus® account on united.com
  2. Under “Profile & Preferences,” go to “Saved form of payment”
  3. Select “Add saved form of payment”
  4. Fill out information and select “Save”

When you check in, you'll need to verify your saved form of payment.

 

Verify your saved form of payment upon check-in

After you’ve saved your form of payment to your MileagePlus account, you’ll need to verify it when checking in for your next trip either from united.com or from the United app. Here’s how you can verify your saved form of payment:

Sign in to your MileagePlus account on united.com, and during check-in, select

On united.com during check-in

Sign in to your MileagePlus account on united.com, and during check-in, select "Verify.”

Sign in to your MileagePlus account on the United app; after check-in, select “Please verify your card so you can purchase onboard refreshments.”

Or on the United app after check-in

Sign in to your MileagePlus account on the United app; after check-in, select “Please verify your card so you can purchase onboard refreshments.”

 

Download a version of the United app:

Frequently asked questions

  • Domestic flights scheduled over 1 hour will have beer, wine and hard seltzer available for purchase; domestic flights scheduled over 4 hours will have snacks available for purchase.

  • If you don’t have a saved form of payment by the time you fly, don’t worry. We’ll continue to offer complimentary snacks depending on the cabin and length of your flight.

  • Check out the food or drink menus on united.com or the United app to find out what snacks and drinks you can buy on your flight. The items we sell might change depending on what’s available, though.

  • No. You’ll only be able to buy something on board with a saved form of payment. We won’t accept credit cards or cash on board.

  • We’ve partnered with the experts at Cleveland Clinic to advise us on enhancing safety measures. Based on their guidance, we’d prefer to make your travel experience as touchless as possible and avoid having you pass credit cards back and forth with our flight attendants.

  • Even if you plan to check in at the airport, you can save your card for your flight on united.com or the United app. If you’ve already checked in, download the latest version of the United app to your phone or other smart device. Under the “My Trips” section, you can find a trip using your confirmation number and last name. Save that trip and you should see a prompt on the home screen allowing you to save your credit card information.

  • If you save your form of payment on your MileagePlus profile, you can use it on all future trips when this type of payment is available.

    If you save your form of payment at check-in, we’ll only apply it for the specific trip you’re checking in for. If your travel plans are spread across multiple reservations, you’ll need to add your card separately for each trip. We’ll remove your saved form of payment within 12 hours of arriving at your final destination.

  • Nope – you can keep your credit card in your wallet or purse. If you choose to buy something, the flight attendant may ask for you to confirm the name on the card you have on file. Once you confirm, you’ll be charged for what you receive. As always, you can retrieve any receipts through the email you have on file or by visiting our website.

  • Yes. Eligible Premier members will once again receive a complimentary Choice Menu item and/or alcoholic beverage when traveling on an eligible flight segment.

  • While you can remove your face covering briefly to eat or drink, you must immediately put it back on afterward. Learn more by reading our FAQs about face coverings

*25% back on food, beverage and Wi-Fi purchases onboard United- and United Express-operated flights: You will receive 25% back, in the form of a credit card account statement credit, on purchases of food, beverages and Wi-Fi onboard United- and United Express-operated flights, when you use your United MileagePlus® Card to make such purchases. The statement credit will post to your account within 24 hours of your onboard purchase posting to your account. You will also receive 25% back on onboard food, beverage and Wi-Fi purchases made by authorized users who use your United MileagePlus® Card account to make such purchases. To qualify for the 25% back, account must be open and not in default at the time of fulfillment.