You heard right: half of the United States’ largest airlines are bringing back free snacks to coach/economy passengers.

In the last 2 months, both United Airlines and American Airlines have announced that they will be back in competition with Delta and Southwest in regards to free flight perks.

With low-cost airlines like Spirit and Frontier charging for every aspect of the flight, from snacks to seat reservations, this change puts them back at a competitive advantage.

Fernand Fernandez, American’s VP of Global Marketing told the Associated Press that after fixing the business-side of issues, they are now able to reinvest in their customers.

“We know that we have customers who select our airline based on price and we’re really excited to offer them a product that is superior to choosing an ultra-low cost carrier,” Fernandez says to AP.

For American, their free snacks will begin this month on transcontinental flights connecting New York JFK to both Los Angeles and San Francisco. The airline says all other domestic flights will have complimentary snacks by April.


United’s snacks will be offered on all of their flights in North America, the Caribbean, and between Honolulu and Guam.

United says that their morning passengers, those leaving before 9:45 a.m., will receive a morning ‘stroopwafel,’ which they describe as “a Dutch, caramel-filled waffle that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea.”

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For all other fights after, economy passengers can get free “packaged savory snacks, such as an Asian-style snack mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas or a zesty-ranch mix of mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts.”