Three weeks ago I shared the secret to getting a good meal on American Airlines.
- American lets you pre-select your meal choice up to 24 hours prior to flight. That’s one reason it’s nice for an upgrade to clear before the gate.
- Earlier this year they re-introduced ‘special meal’ options to domestic first class.
Lucky from One Mile at a Time really likes American’s Asian Vegetarian meals. I wrote that I ordered the kosher meal during Passover and it was fantastic.
And now I’m on a quest to try their different special meal options. I knew that I wouldn’t get the same food after Passover — no matzo, for instance, and there wasn’t gefilte fish on my latest flight. But I wanted to order the kosher meal again to see how it would be outside of the Passover period and from a different departure city. My first great meal was from LAX, I ordered it this time from Dallas Fort-Worth.
It comes packaged, though our flight attendant did offer to unwrap it for me. I should have taken her up on it because the amount of packaging could have supplied Amazon.com for a year.
The chicken was flavorful, spicy even, and the smoked whitefish was tasty. The pineapple upside down cake dessert was excellent. And by the way if you aren’t completely stuffed from the feast you can still have the regular onboard dessert (cookies) too. I passed.
I previously wrote that I’d be reluctant to order the Muslim meal. The government has access to full PNR data, even though American isn’t specifically pushing out meal choices to the government. I figured with profiling I might lose PreCheck.
Despite that warning my wife ordered the Muslim meal, and she let me try a few bites. It was excellent.
The chicken was the spiciest food I’ve had on a US airline in a very long time, but it wasn’t just heat it was a complex heat. The dessert was a butterscotch tart which was delicious.
American has to be spending more on their special meals than on their regular meals, which I suppose makes sense because of the much lower volume. I’m not sure the thinking behind bringing back these options, but I am neither kosher nor Muslim but I’m glad to have the choice.
Lucky writes that once the Asian Vegetarian option did fail him. But I’m going to stick with this strategy as long as it works. Which one should I try next?