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United Domestic First Class "Snack"?  
User currently offlineAdools From Egypt, joined Oct 2006, 72 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 18333 times:

Hi All,

I'm flying on UA flight 925 IAD-LAX, which departs at 10:05p from Washington DC. The First class meal lists "snack." Does any one know if this means something more elaborate than a bag of snack mix? I'm think of upgrading, and would like any info on first class on this flight. It's listed as an A320. Thanks!

adools

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User currently offlineWROORD From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 972 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 18353 times:

I'd say do not expect much. I flew recently ORD-SFO-ORD in AA first class and the highlight of the service was a choclate chip cookie.

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21590 posts, RR: 59
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 18268 times:

First, booking engines often get the First Class meal wrong, though not this time it seems. Second, since it's after 10PM, it's not a meal time, so it won't be a meal. And third, it is going to be more than a bag of chips. It may be the "Minimeal" box though I would imagine you'd be allowed to request a different snackbox if you asked.

http://www.united.com/page/article/0,6722,51257,00.html



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User currently offlineN104UA From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 921 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 18195 times:

It might be a cheese and fruit platter, that is what I had on my recent HNL-SFO redeye flight in F.


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User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17955 times:

It's a long haul, and the same "Snack" on the former UA ANC-DEN was cheese and fruit, and there was plenty for a night ride to DEN.. . . . not bad at all.

User currently offlineUaord2000 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 267 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 17820 times:

You can expect a fruit and cheese plate with deli meats.

User currently offlineWarreng24 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 708 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 17461 times:



Quoting Uaord2000 (Reply 5):
You can expect a fruit and cheese plate with deli meats.

Correct.

You may have more luck getting something more filling if you request a low-fat meal.

The low-fat special meal that is served on "snack flights" is usually a nice broiled/baked salmon fillet (or chicken breast) accompanied by a chutney of some sort, served with a side of fruit.


User currently offlineThebatman From United States of America, joined Aug 2007, 852 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 17016 times:
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That cheese platter with the deli meats is actually pretty good, I think. If you have to pick one of those "snack boxes", pick the yellow one. It's got tuna, crackers, some cheese...not too bad if you HAVE to eat one.


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User currently offlineAlitalia744 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 4764 posts, RR: 44
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 16958 times:

Not sure but believe snack box on UAL is fruit/cheese, crackers and a meet - either tuna or deli meats.

I usually fly Delta however, their snack is a turkey sandwich, salad and brownie.



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User currently offlineTHEENGINEER From Germany, joined Mar 2007, 106 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16764 times:

You should be happy with a snack. Fly first class with US and the only thing you get is a bottle of water for 3 hours.

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1715 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16680 times:

I assume that you should might expect to get one of those infamous ExPlus, snack boxes, or a small pasta salad served in a paper cup. Or do they only serve that on UA Express flights?


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User currently offlineBostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16542 times:

As someone who has been flying since the 60's, it's almost painful to hear people waxing poetic about a "snack box" in First Class on a coast-to-coast nonstop flight on one of America's largest airlines. In the "good old days" you'd be getting a champagne moonlight hot supper even on a late evening departure. Have we really sunk this low? I can understand snack boxes in economy class...but in First Class?

User currently offlineBostonBeau From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 465 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16541 times:

As someone who has been flying since the 60's, it's almost painful to hear people waxing poetic about a "snack box" in First Class on a coast-to-coast nonstop flight on one of America's largest airlines. In the "good old days" you'd be getting a champagne moonlight hot supper even on a late evening departure. Have we really sunk this low? I can understand snack boxes in economy class...but in First Class?

User currently offlineZrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3222 posts, RR: 9
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16392 times:

No snack box. As reported, a nice fruit/ cheese/ deli plate. Perfect for a late light snack.


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User currently offlineFlyboy80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1881 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16336 times:

Pretty certain the "ExPlus" box is only offered in UnitedFirst on Express flights, hence the "ExPlus"

User currently offlineSpirtofalaska From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 192 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16147 times:



Quoting BostonBeau (Reply 12):
As someone who has been flying since the 60's, it's almost painful to hear people waxing poetic about a "snack box" in First Class on a coast-to-coast nonstop flight on one of America's largest airlines. In the "good old days" you'd be getting a champagne moonlight hot supper even on a late evening departure. Have we really sunk this low? I can understand snack boxes in economy class...but in First Class?

yes well, this is the result of people demanding low fares... Airlines have had to change....



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User currently offlineSwaluvfa From United States of America, joined May 2002, 277 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16078 times:



Quoting BostonBeau (Reply 11):

Have you noticed recently that this country is in a recession and that companies have to cut back a little bit to stay reasonable and competitive. Why on earth would an airline serve champagne and "moonlight suppers" in first class on a flight leaving at 10:05 pm that is full of frequent flier upgrades who probably had dinner earlier? Airlines don't have the money to splurge like that anymore.....

The fruit and cheese plate on UAL F/C redeyes is a perfect snack and PAX get to choose whatever beverage they want to accompany it. What's wrong with that?


User currently offlineManchesterMAN From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 1234 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15977 times:



Quoting Swaluvfa (Reply 16):
Have you noticed recently that this country is in a recession and that companies have to cut back a little bit to stay reasonable and competitive. Why on earth would an airline serve champagne and "moonlight suppers" in first class on a flight leaving at 10:05 pm that is full of frequent flier upgrades who probably had dinner earlier? Airlines don't have the money to splurge like that anymore.....

Maybe if they provided a bit more then it would be full of revenue F pax and not FF upgraders. It is a vicious circle - first you cut back the amenities and you lose revenue pax so to compensate you reduce amenities even further and lose more pax until F class becomes nothing more than 8 seats at the front of the plane to keep your economy paying frequent flyers happy.



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User currently offlineAirNz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 15820 times:



Quoting ManchesterMAN (Reply 17):
Maybe if they provided a bit more then it would be full of revenue F pax and not FF upgraders. I

No matter what they provided it would still be mostly those looking for freebies. Until that mentality stops at an airline, it won't change. Simply put.....why pay for F when you can buy a much cheaper ticket and get it free?


User currently offlineTwinotter From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 208 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15626 times:



Quoting Spirtofalaska (Reply 15):
yes well, this is the result of people demanding low fares... Airlines have had to change....

Actually it is a result of deregulation. When fares were fixed and the same for all carriers on a route, food and service were the only way the airlines could differentiate their product, so they went over-the-top on those. If airlines were reregulated and fares again fixed, you would see a return to fancy food in all classes. Of course, you would also pay a much higher fare.


User currently offlineDw9115 From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 449 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 15516 times:

You know United at one time was probably my favorite airline but they just keep going down hill last time I was on NWA first MSP to TUS we had a very good toasted sandwich with chips and fruit salad or you had a choice of a grilled chicken Casar I believe and the other way we had a good breakfast option of scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon and muffin and fruit salad and the other was I believe a bagel muffin granola option far better then the last few times I have been on United first but neither still can beat Continental

User currently offlineKurt From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 417 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 15040 times:

A late-night or redeye snack in F will consist of a fruit (grapes, strawberries, melon or pineapple) and cheese (cheddar, jack) plate with some deli meat (usually ham or turkey). This comes with some Pepperidge Farms crackers (whole wheat, sesame, butter). A chocolate-chip cookie is the most likely dessert. It's fairly filling and the quality is usually pretty good. Most folks don't expect nor want a full meal at 10 p.m.

It's not a snack box - it's on a plate with a tablecloth underneath, with drinks and and nuts served beforehand. This is standard UA domestic F catering, folks. I love all the hand-wringing based on speculation. No, it's not SQ nor an American airline circa 1968, but it's not as dire as some would have you believe.

If you would like something more substantial, I'd suggest ordering a low-fat meal, which is a cold chicken breast or salmon filet served on top of a bed or orzo or seasoned rice. It comes with a side of fruit, a prepackaged bit of bread and a prepackaged cookie (like a Snackwells-brand).

[Edited 2009-04-08 11:31:33]

User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21590 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 14994 times:



Quoting BostonBeau (Reply 11):
As someone who has been flying since the 60's, it's almost painful to hear people waxing poetic about a "snack box" in First Class on a coast-to-coast nonstop flight on one of America's largest airlines. In the "good old days" you'd be getting a champagne moonlight hot supper even on a late evening departure. Have we really sunk this low? I can understand snack boxes in economy class...but in First Class?

Nobody is waxing poetic. We are just providing the information requested. He didn't ask "what do you think about only getting a snack?"

If he had, I'd have said it's ridiculous to say the least.  Wink

But he didn't ask, so I won't say that...  Smile

Quoting AirNz (Reply 18):
No matter what they provided it would still be mostly those looking for freebies.

Until people stop calling elite fliers who are filling seats that would otherwise be empty, allowing the main cabin to be oversold, "Freebies" then no real discussion can take place.



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User currently offlineLACA773 From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 4067 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 14994 times:
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I believe the only redeye flights that have a more substantial snack in F & C are the p.s. flights.

User currently offlineHrc773 From Puerto Rico, joined Jan 2009, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 14323 times:

Working as a f/a before and after 9/11, I saw first hand the cutbacks in catering. I always loved serving a nice meal in f/c. When I saw myself serving a cold deli plate on a reclosable plastic container in f/c at 6:00pm and wine in plastic cups (this is a legacy carrier), I knew it was time to dust off the resume.

25 USAirALB : I believe UA has 2 types of "snacks" in F, a small fruit and cheese platter in a styrofoam basket for medium haul flights. I've see this on ORD-ALB ma
26 WNTex : you beat me to it Awesome airline food is about the only good thing that could result from government regulation of the industry
27 IRelayer : Does anyone remember UA serving McDonald's as the kids meal? It was awesome! By the way...Dw9115, have you heard of punctuation (E.G. periods, commas
28 UA772IAD : Be sure to eat before you leave, because what's offered probably won't fill you if you plan on skipping dinner. I'm going to have to call you out on t
29 Post contains links Warreng24 : Not exactly correct. 1) Small snack plate with fruit and cheese only (1 slice of cheese, 1 package of crackers, 1 fruit item) For a short time these
30 Ytib : They stopped doing that about 10 years ago. I still have some of the toys around somewhere. Food loading truck as well as a baggage cart with some Mc
31 Usafret : On AA X Class up to DCA from STL, on the 0640 departure I was surprised we were offered cereal and a banana plus a fruit cup AND a biscuit or bagel. T
32 57AZ : Yes. The low fares and the affordability (and convenience) of private aircraft have degraded the overall pool of people traveling "First" Class in th
33 Mauiman31 : Thanks for that detail. . . it made me laugh. Sounds like the fruit plate I got on AA for breakfast a few weeks ago. It looked silly on the plate. It
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