Save a form of payment to buy snacks and drinks

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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.

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

All day

Flights scheduled over 7 hours

Select domestic flights

Snacks

Image of Pringle chios snack size, Original Potato Crisps

Pringles®

Original Potato Crisps

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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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GourmetNut Mega Omega Trail Mix

Walnuts, dried mango, almonds, cranberries, pumpkin seeds

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Snackboxes

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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”

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”

At check-in on the United app

  1. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of the United app
  2. When reviewing your reservation details, select “Inflight purchases” at the bottom of the screen
  3. Select “Save credit card for inflight purchases”
  4. Fill out information and select “Save”
 


At check-in on united.com

  1. When reviewing your reservation details, select “Add credit card”
  2. Fill out information and select “Save”

At check-in on united.com

  1. When reviewing your reservation details, select “Add credit card”
  2. Fill out information and select “Save”

After check-in on the United app

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

  1. On the home screen below the box with details about your trip, select “Save a credit card for this trip”
  2. Fill out information and continue until you select “Save”

Download a version of the United app:

Frequently asked questions

  • We are currently launching this new process on select flights to and from Hawaii.

  • If you don’t have a saved form of payment by the time you fly, don’t worry. We’ll continue to offer our “all-in-one” snack bag 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.

    In order to minimize the amount of time you have your face covering removed, you’ll only be able to buy one beer or wine each time the flight attendants come through the aisle with the beverage cart.

  • 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