United Airlines Is Bringing Back Free Snacks for Passengers in Coach

12/09/2015 at 05:49 PM ET

United Free Snacks
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The skies just got a little friendlier.

How so? Drumroll, please…an airline is giving something away for free!

That’s right, after the terrible travel trend of charging for everything (early boarding, seriously?) United Airlines is giving away free food. The airline announced they are bringing back complimentary snacks on their Economy flights within North American and Latin America starting in February.

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On the menu? Asian-style snack mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas, and a zesty-ranch mix of mini pretzel sticks, Cajun corn sticks and ranch soy nuts for those departing after 9:45 a.m. Early travelers (those flying before 9:45 a.m.) will get a free stroopwafel, a Dutch, caramel-filled waffle.

The snacks will join fare that is already offered from United’s purchase-only choice menu as well as their newly expanded complimentary meals.

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So, does this mean 2016 could be the year of free airline amenities?! Let’s hope.

–Michelle Ward Trainor

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FrequentFlier on

Eh….I think I’d rather have peanuts.

Suzanne on

It’s about time! We pay enough for the flight and baggage service that a freakin snack should be automatic. Hopefully other airlines will follow suit

Cheap Az on

Then once gas prices go up, they will cut the snacks.

Samantha2 on

Hey frequentflier – it’s because of people like you that b*tch and complain that snacks were taken away in the first place. Be grateful instead of hateful

Suburbgrrrl on

I still don’t think I’d ever fly with them again. Worst customer service experience of my life. And I’m pretty chill.

Rene on

Funny how UA blocked Mark Steyn’s website. So much for freedom of speech.

FrequentFlier on

Hey, Samantha2! It’s actually NOT because of that. But it’s whatevs, hoe.

bugsforever on

I’m with you, Suburbgrrrl. It would take a lot more than free snack to get me back onto a United flight. They’ve screwed with me too many times.

guest on

Yum! No, wait.

Kate on

you had me at free snacks, but a stroopwafel-I’m sold!

Carrie on

Whoever says they would prefer peanuts over stroopwafels has clearly never had a stroopwafel

I can only fly United or Delta to the US from where I live and the flight times and prices are almost always identical, this may just make me fly United.

EggHeadStew on

Yeah! Free Snacks! I have been waiting for you!!!! Can’t wait til Feb.!

Joe on

Delta Airlines has had free snacks for over a year.. They give you two packs on each flight. The only major airline that doesn’t give free snacks now is American.

lou on

Flew Cleveland to Arizona. on American-no snacks, 2 drinks on a 4hr.+ flight. Then flew Delta back- drinks & THREE snacks Twice! Plus a personal screen to watch free movies. Flying American was like flying Refugee airline! Never again. What a difference in service for the exact same price!

Wendy on

Awesome! And Daelmans has an online store: http://www.stroopwafelsbydaelmans.com so if you don’t fly United, you can still order them!

TC on

I think they should serve something with what we pay, and it is a fun part of the trip, wondering what little goodies you get. Good or bad fun as kid and adult. Come on have a heart, you jack up the prices and do nothing. I SAY HELL YES WE WANT FOOD.

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