Special meals

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’re 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).

Special meals that are currently available:

Special meals
Types of meals Description
Kosher

Kosher meals are prepared by Kosher caterers under strict Rabbinical supervision. Special Kosher meals for Passover meals are supplied during Passover.

All Kosher meals provided are Glatt Kosher and available on flights between the following destinations:

  • U.S. and Tel Aviv
  • New York/Newark and London Heathrow (starting July 1, 2021)
  • San Francisco and Sydney (starting August 1, 2021)

Special meals

Kosher

Description

Kosher meals are prepared by Kosher caterers under strict Rabbinical supervision. Special Kosher meals for Passover meals are supplied during Passover.

All Kosher meals provided are Glatt Kosher and available on flights between the following destinations:

  • U.S. and Tel Aviv
  • New York/Newark and London Heathrow (starting July 1, 2021)
  • San Francisco and Sydney (starting August 1, 2021)
  • Special meals
    Types of mealsDescription
    Asian VegetarianThis is a non-strict vegetarian meal that is spicy. This meal is free of meat, poultry, fish and shellfish, and may include dairy products.
    Hindu (Indian) vegetarianHindu (Indian) meals follow vegetarian guidelines by excluding all meat and seafood, and are spicy in content.

    Special note: Hindu (Indian) vegetarian meals are offered as a standard choice on flights to and from India; therefore, it is not necessary to place a special vegetarian meal request for these flights. Meals may include milk and dairy products and by-products.

    Vegan (strict) vegetarianVegan meals are available for those customers who exclude from their diets all foods derived from animals, including meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, honey, eggs and dairy products and their byproducts. The meal is based on Western/Mediterranean cuisine.
    Vegetarian lacto-ovoVegetarian meals that include dairy, honey and eggs. This meal does not include meat, poultry, fish and shellfish.
    ChildThis meal is available for children ages 2-12 and includes food offerings that appeal to children. It consists of simple, basic foods that are kid-friendly.
    Gluten-intolerantThis meal is available for customers who are gluten-intolerant, and does not contain wheat, barley, rye or oats.
    JainJain meals are available only on flights to and from India.

    Jain meals are prepared in Indian style and according to Jain customs that prohibit the consumption of animal products and root vegetables.

    JapaneseTraditional multi-course Japanese meals, served with steamed rice and Japanese tea, are available for pre-order by customers confirmed in United Polaris business class on flights between the continental U.S. or Hawaii and Japan.
    MuslimThese meals exclude all products derived from pigs, such as pork, ham and bacon, and alcohol is not used for preparation. All meat products are prepared in accordance with the Halal method. United Airlines serves vegetarian, non-meat Muslim meals only.

Frequently asked questions

  • We offer special meals on select routes when a breakfast, lunch or dinner is scheduled. A special meal can be requested at the time of booking or by adding a request to an existing reservation.

    If special meals are available on a flight, you will be able to make a special meals request during the booking process after signing in to your MileagePlus account. You can also use united.com or the United app to add a special meal request to an existing reservation.

    How to request a special meal using united.com

    1. Go to My Trips.
    2. Select a trip from the list, or search for one using your confirmation number and last name.
    3. Below the list of travelers, select “Special Meal.”
    4. Select a traveler and enter their meal preference, then select “Send request.”

    How to request a special meal using the United app

    1. Go to My United.
    2. Select a trip from the list, or search for one using your confirmation number and last name.
    3. Select “Edit traveler information.”
    4. Select “Edit” for any traveler requesting a special meal.
    5. Choose a meal option, then select “Save to reservation.”

    MileagePlus account holders can also add special meal preferences to their profiles for use with bookings made through united.com. When signed in to your MileagePlus account and making a reservation on united.com, if you have a special meal preference set in your profile, you should verify that the correct special meal has been assigned to the applicable traveler's name prior to confirming the reservation.

  • At least 24 hours before departure.

  • International flights

    Special meals are available on all international trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific and most intra-Pacific* flights. Special meals are also available on South American flights to/from Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru.

    *Special meals are only available in United Business® on flights between Guam and Honolulu. Special meals are not available on flights departing from Kosrae (Micronesia), Kwajalein (Marshall Islands), Majuro (Marshall Islands), Pohnpei (Micronesia), Koror (Palau), Sendai (Japan), Truk (Micronesia), and Yap (Micronesia).

    U.S. flights

    Special meals are available on most North America premium cabin flights 2,000 miles or longer.

    Note: Some special meals may not be available in every market.

  • You will receive a meal comparable to the service scheduled for your confirmed flight based on the departure time of the flight, the length of the flight and the level of service offered.

    Please note that some special meal choices may not be available on all routes.

  • United is able to request special meals on your behalf when you are traveling on a partner or codeshare airline. However, we cannot guarantee the availability of special meals on the partner airline. You may contact the other airline directly to determine the availability of special meals and to make your request.

  • See our Customers with Food Allergies page for the answer to this question.