Expanded American Airlines Special Meals on Domestic Flights

American Airlines special meals on domestic flights. If you book a first class seat, you can pre-order a wider selection of special meals in advance.
American Airlines special meals on domestic flights. If you book a first class seat, you can pre-order a wider selection of special meals in advance.

Dine Drink Travel previously reported that if you book a first class seat on American, you can pre-order your meal. This is true on both domestic and international flights. The service open up 30 days (to the minute) before the flight, and it stays open until 24 hours before takeoff. It is a great option to have. Domestic flights have typically had two entree options, and American recently added a cheese plate option. However, American Airlines special meals- options for folks with religious or dietary needs- have not been available on domestic flights until now.

I have a flight soon from Dallas (DFW) to Miami (MIA). I booked the flight in first class mostly thanks to my Chase Sapphire Reserve points. Tonight I logged in to see my meal options. The first two options were pretty standard- grilled chicken or ravioli. They also offered the cheese plate. However, American was also offering a wide range of special meals on this domestic flight. While those have long been available on international routes, it is the first time I have seen them on a mid-con such as DFW to MIA.

More American Airlines special meals on domestic flights. The Hindu meal sounds particularly good to me.
More American Airlines special meals on domestic flights. The Hindu meal sounds particularly good to me.

What special meals are available?

Several options exist. The two standard options will be offered on board, although you have no guarantee of getting your preference. If you want the cheese plate, a religious meal, or a special dietary meal, you must order in advance. Beyond the standard offerings, the choices are:

  • Asian Vegetarian— Spicy vegetarian meals with limited use of dairy products.
  • Diabetic– Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic, and carbohydrate-controlled meal requests.
  • Gluten Intolerant– This meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley, and oats.
  • Hindu– Prepared according to Hindu dietary practices and may include dairy, curries, and spicy flavors.
  • Kosher– Prepared to comply with Jewish dietary laws.
  • Muslim– Does not contain pork, by-products of pork, or ingredients containing alcohol.
  • Vegetarian/Vegan– Does not contain meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy products, or derivatives.

I ordered the Hindu meal, and I also seriously considered the Muslim meal. If the same options are offered on my return flight, I may order the Muslim meal then. While I am not a member of either religious group, I always love a good curry and have enjoyed many excellent meals prepared according to Muslim dietary standards. I also suspect both of these meals will be more freshly prepared than the standard options available to all. I am looking forward to the flight, and I will let everyone know how the special meals worked out.

4 thoughts on “Expanded American Airlines Special Meals on Domestic Flights

  1. These options are a joke…I need to know what the meal is in advance, not getting a “surprise” at AA’s discretion..no one at AA has a clue what the specialty meal is based on a dietary need..did they just open for business yesterday? They should give examples of the specialty meal on their website…we paid for first class tickets for over a 5 hour flight..I should know what food I will be getting…guess I have to brown bag it, huge hassle!
    Totally insulting and terrible customer service!!

    1. The idea of giving better examples of the specialty meals would certainly be helpful. For my money, though, the options I have in advance are pretty good. I have had a reasonable idea of what was coming, and the food turned out to be pretty good. I have reviewed a handful of those meals separately on this site.

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