United Economy dining

United Economy® dining features a variety of options based on the length and location of your flight. Selections range from Choice Menu snacks available for purchase to complimentary multi-course meals designed in consultation with our team of chefs. Soft drinks, juices, coffee, tea and other non-alcoholic beverages are complimentary worldwide.

Routes Complimentary meal service Complimentary mid-flight snack Complimentary beer and house wines Choice Menu Snack shop Choice Menu Bistro on board
Within North America and the Caribbean1, 2 Not available. Not available. Not available. Yes Yes
Between the U.S., Central America and Mexico1, 2 Not available. Not available. Not available. Yes Yes
Between the U.S. and Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela Yes Not available. Yes Not available. Not available.
Between the U.S. and Argentina, Brazil and Chile3 Yes Not available. Yes Not available. Not available.
Between the U.S. and Africa, Europe4, India, Israel and the Middle East3 Yes Yes Yes Not available. Not available.
Between the U.S. and China, Japan5, Korea and Taiwan3 Yes Yes Yes Yes Not available.
Between the U.S. and Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Yes Yes Yes Yes Not available.
Intra-Pacific6, including Micronesia Yes Not available. Yes Not available. Not available.
Between Guam and Honolulu1, 2 Not available. Not available. Not available. Yes Yes
  1. 1Choice Menu Snack Shop offers snacks and snackboxes for purchase throughout the day in United Economy on most United mainline and United Express flights over 800 miles. Choice Menu Bistro on Board offers freshly prepared meals available for purchase in United Economy on most United mainline flights over 1,200 miles departing before 8 p.m.
  2. 2United offers a complimentary snack on flights within North America, between the U.S. and Central America, and between Honolulu and Guam.
  3. 3Choice Menu Snack Shop offers snacks and snackboxes for purchase throughout the flight.
  4. 4Mid-flight snacks are only offered on flights between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Paris, Frankfurt or London Heathrow.
  5. 5Mid-flight snacks are not available on flights between Japan and Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Honolulu.
  6. 6Beer and house wines are complimentary between Singapore and Hong Kong or Tokyo/Narita.

Complimentary meal service

On flights between the United States and Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, and intra-Pacific flights including Micronesia:

Enjoy complimentary snacks or meals. Please see the inflight amenities section on united.com/flightstatus or the United app to see which service is scheduled on your flight.

On long-haul flights between the U.S. and Africa, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Europe, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, the Middle East and Taiwan:

Our team of chefs has designed a three-course meal service for most flights. On flights where the main meal is lunch or dinner, the meal service includes a light snack offered with the initial beverage service, a generous meal served with salad, artisan bread and a premium dessert.

Along with the complimentary meal, we are pleased to offer complimentary beer and house wines, and also a bottle of water. Spirits are available for purchase.

On long-haul flights over 12 hours and flights between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Europe:

We offer a mid-flight snack, which includes a sandwich and candy.

Sample menu

Snack with your choice of beverage

During the initial beverage service, we'll offer a snack which may include a stroopwafel, nut mix, zesty ranch snack mix, or Asian-style snack mix, depending on the flight.

Main course

The following are sample main course options that may be offered on a flight where lunch or dinner is the main meal:

  • Home-style turkey meatloaf in spicy barbecue sauce, served with sweet potato mash, mixed vegetables, an artisan ciabatta roll and amaranth mango salad
  • Baked rigatoni parmigiano, served with a petite multi-grain baguette and apple wheatberry grain salad
  • Pan-roasted chicken breast with herbs and porcini cream, Carolina grits and spinach, served with artisan whole-grain ciabatta roll and cranberry pumpkin quinoa salad

Premium dessert

Our premium dessert selection may include gelato, sorbet, ice cream, mousse or a regional specialty.

Mid-flight snacks

On flights over 12 hours and flights between Los Angeles or San Francisco and Europe, enjoy a complimentary turkey and cheddar sandwich and M&M’s® candy.

On flights between the U.S. and Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, enjoy packaged snacks and snackboxes, available for purchase. After the meal service, our Choice Menu Snack Shop will be available for the rest of the flight.

Pre-arrival offering

Depending on the flight, we will offer either a complimentary snack including a warm croissant with preserves and yogurt, or meal such as a spinach and cheese quiche with chicken sausage and breakfast pastry prior to landing.