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When you are booked in a premium cabin on American Airlines, you can go online into your reservation from 30 days until 24 hours before departure and select a meal option. Selecting a meal choice doesn’t 100% guarantee that you will get that choice, but it certainly increases the chances of getting your first choice.
Since we are within 30 days of some American Airlines first class flights I logged in to my reservations to check out the menu choices and select the ones that I thought we would enjoy the most.
On one of our flights the menu selections were pretty straight-forward, and while they may not be diet-friendly choices, either the Grilled Beef Filet or Cheese Lasagna should keep everyone in our traveling crew happy and full enough. This includes even the toddler and seven year old who do eat a wide range of things, but you never know when a picky day may strike.
However, when I went to select the meal on another one of our American flights coming back from Hawaii the menu selections were a bit more eclectic.
The Wasabi Potato Crusted Chicken with box choy or the Curried Mixed Vegetables may be some more interesting island-themed choices than your standard cheese lasagna or beef filet, but interesting meals aren’t always a good thing for younger diners.
If neither of the stated options meal your requirements, you can contact American to select a special meal such as a Diabetic, Gluten-free, Kosher, Muslim, or Vegetarian/Vegan meal, but most unfortunately a Kid’s Meal is not one of the special meals offered by American Airlines.
To her credit the American Airlines agent on the phone also giggled at a young kid wanting either of the stated options, and she said there may be other options on-board that aren’t listed online. While I may enjoy some wasabi infused box choy, I know have a good reminder to bring along our own snacks and food for that flight, which I typically try to do anyway. Hello airport Burger King…
While it isn’t new information, I do find it at least a little odd that American Airlines does not have a children’s special meal selection available on longer flights. On the one hand I get that children may not be the target demographic for first class, but on the other hand, a hungry child who doesn’t want wasabi box choy doesn’t really benefit anyone. Some basic chicken fingers or macaroni seem easy enough to cater and can go a long way in keeping the peace.
Do you select your American Airlines meals online 30 days in advance of travel? Have you ever noticed that American does not offer children’s meals?
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