Reserving your Entrée before you fly on American Airlines

Shaun Ewing 3 Comments

American Airlines now allow all First and Business class passengers to pre-order their meals before their flight between 30 days and 24 hours prior to their scheduled departure.

I have a few American Airlines flights in First coming up and decided to take a look at how this service works.

How to do it

Step 1 – Access your reservation

You will need to access your reservation at the American Airlines web site:

If you are an AAdvantage member you can also view the reservations under your account. As I credit all of my AA flights to Qantas, I have to access my reservations manually.

Step 2 – Access the selection system

If your flight is within the timeframes above, you should see the following option:

Click it.

Step 3 – Select your flights

Once you are in the system, you will see a list of flights that you are able to select a meal on. In this case I have two available to me.

Step 4 – Select your meals

You can then select your meals. I have the following available to me on this booking:

LAS – DFW (Breakfast)

  • Cereal
    With milk and fresh fruit.
  • Breakfast Skillet
    Scrambled eggs with pepper jack cheese, bell peppers, turkey bacon, corn and black beans and roasted red-skin potatoes.

DFW to LGA (Lunch)

  • Lemon Grass Salmon
    With fresh greens, pineapple, mango, jícama, radish and Asian sesame dressing.
  • Cornmeal Crusted Chicken
    Served with roasted sweet potatoes and corn maque choux.

Step 5 – Save!

Once you have saved you will get a confirmation and can update your choices up until 24 hours prior to departure.

My Thoughts

I think the system is a great idea. If you want a specific meal, it gives you more assurance that it will be available to you rather than hoping it’s available during the meal service.

If neither meal appeals to you it also provides you with the opportunity to grab a bite to eat prior to the flight.

In this case, I’ve selected the breakfast skillet for my breakfast flight (cereal does not interest me) but I haven’t made a selection for my lunch time flight (yet) as I’m actually happy with both of the options.

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Comments 3

  1. Hi,I got a mail from American airlines telling that I have bougt a ticket to Washington, order no 74010729392, July 14yh, 2014, 10:30 AM. Flight number RY838901081US.

    It says “Your credit card has been successfully processed”!

    I HAVE NOT ORDERED ANY FLIGHT TO WASHINGTON. SOMEONE HAS ENTERED INTO MY ACCOUNT! WHAT IS TO BE DONE?????

    BEST REGARDS BERIT

  2. I’m due to fly with AA in December. While the concept is novel and I am excited to try it out, it’s still a major shortcoming that they don’t offer special meals at all in North America, unless you fly transcon.With the ability to preselect your meal, I am surprised they don’t offer more choices pre-flight to cater to the diverse needs of passengers.Sure you can always eat before, but as a full-fare paying customer, how hard is it to offer a vegetarian or a vegan meal on the flight, especially if ordered well in advance?I look forward to seeing what my options will be! Its one step of many in the right direction.

    1. Hi johnniewalker,

      That’s a surprise (and certainly disappointing). I don’t fly very often in the US as I’m based in Australia, and while I’m a carnivore I occasionally order a vegetarian meal when flying at home for something different.

      Hopefully this system does mean that they’re improving their catering integration and can offer it on more than just transcon (because some of the non-transcon flights are pretty long – and I’d certainly be wanting a meal during them).

      -Shaun

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