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If you don’t fly much, but use your miles to get into First or Business Class on United Airlines today, you might get an unfortunate surprise when the flight attendant comes around to ask for your meal choice.
United has a policy of giving meal choices to its top tier frequent fliers before other passengers in First and Business Class. That means if you don’t fly a lot and are in First Class on an award ticket, you could end up with the last choice for your meal, and disappointed with what you get.
Most other airlines just take orders in the cabin front to back or back to front, so everyone gets a shot, though even then there’s a good chance you won’t get your first choice because airlines don’t carry many extra meals.
But United now says it’s working on to allowing passengers in First and Business Class to choose their meals ahead of time, via the United website or app.
It confirmed plans in response to a flier question on UnitedAirtime.com, but didn’t specify a date for when it would roll out.
That means you’ll get your first choice no matter what level flier you are.
Even better, United also said it plans to let you pre-pay for Economy Class meals, so you don’t have to worry about your choice running out before the flight attendants get to your row.
American Airlines has allowed First and Business Class passengers to pre-order their meals for a couple of years now, and it will save a lot of grief on United flights when pre-ordering gets rolled out.
But United could be the first airline in the U.S. to consistently offer pre-orders of Economy Class meals if it rolls out what it promises soon.
The catch is, United didn’t say exactly when it plans to roll out the feature. So it could be a few months, or over a year before we see it.
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