One of the real advantages American Airlines offers is the ability to pre-order your meals if you are travelling in first class. Anywhere from 30 days in advance until 24 hours before flight departure, you can select the meal you would like. That means you know you will get your first choice, and quite often some of the meal choices are only available if you pre-order. For example, when travelling to Japan one has to pre-order the Japanese meal. Today, I am going to tell you what options American has available for our flight from Dallas (DFW) to Las Vegas (LAS) next month. It looks fantastic, and it should be a great way to start the trip. I will, of course, provide a better review after we have taken the trip.
On most domestic mid-con markets, American offers a pasta as a choice. As a general rule, I avoid the pasta. It is hard to keep that fresh when you cook it in advance and then re-heat it on the plane. Traditionally, American has had two options on flights of this length. The second one sounds great, and it is what I went for on this trip– the Vietnamese Salad should be reasonably easy to keep fresh in the constraints of an airplane, and most of the salads I have had on airplanes have been pretty good. I went with that choice, and I will let you know how it is after we land next month.
One of the genuine service enhancements American has recently added, however, is that they now have a third option in first class for this mid-con market. The fruit and cheese plate has previously been a snack offering in some markets, but it is also something which keeps incredibly well on an airplane. It also offers a substantial snack to those who do not want a proper meal. Mrs. Texan Abroad opted for that choice. We are travelling with two other people on a separate reservation, and they also selected the fruit and cheese plate.
As you can see, that option is only available if you order in advance. If you have purchased a first class ticket or have been upgraded more than 24 hours before your flight, it is definitely worth your time to log in an see what the meal options are. I will report back after this flight, and I am looking forward to it!
Update (12 December 2017)
The picture below includes the first class meal options on the return flight from LAS to DFW. As a general rule, I avoid enchiladas in an airplane. There just aren’t a lot of ways that turns out well. They frequently get dry, and the attempt to get the level of spiciness correct for a large audience typically ends poorly. The saffron orzo salad, on the other hand, can be quite good. The fruit and cheese plate is another option. Again, this is only available via pre-order.