Free Snacks on United

Thanks, United! Airline brings back a nice little amenity: Free snacks in economy class

Thanks, United! Airline brings back free snacks in economy class

United Airlines free snacks morning stroopwafel
Customers on United flights departing before 9:45 am will receive a morning stroopwafel – a Dutch caramel-filled waffle that goes well with coffee or tea.  Photo courtesy of United Airlines

It may not seem like much, but in a day and age when flying has become increasingly stressful, United Airlines is bringing back a perk passengers once took for granted.

Beginning February 2016, the airline will serve free snacks in economy class on flights within North America and Latin America.

Customers on flights departing before 9:45 am will be served a morning stroopwafel – a Dutch caramel-filled waffle that goes well with coffee or tea. On flights departing after 9:45 am, passengers will receive a package of savory snacks, such as an Asian-style snack mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas or a ranch mix of mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts.

The airline will continue to offer free soft drinks and coffee. Beginning next summer, the airline will serve illycaffe’s signature scuro dark roast coffee on flights. The Italian brand will be served at United Clubs beginning this month.

“We’re refocusing on the big and little things that we know matter to our customers and shape how they feel about their travel experience,” Jimmy Samartzis, United’s vice president of food services and United Clubs, said in a statement. “We’re bringing back complimentary snacks that are a nod to our global presence. They also add that extra level of service our employees will be proud to deliver and will make a big difference for our customers.”

For those want a little more sustenance, United will continue to offer Choice Menu items for purchase on flights that currently offer these options.