Lonely Planet Writer

Free snacks back on the menu at United Airlines

Many frequent economy-fliers will be surprised that a small, but much-loved airline perk will soon return to United.

United Airlines plans to bring back free snacks for economy passengers.
United Airlines plans to bring back free snacks for economy passengers. Image by United Airlines Press Release

United Airlines announced that starting in February next year, economy passengers will be given a choice of free snacks on flights in North America and Latin America.

On flights before 9:45 a.m. passengers will get a stroopwafel – a Dutch caramel-filled waffle – and coffee or tea. After that, passengers can choose from an Asian-style snack mix, zesty-ranch mini pretzels, Cajun corn sticks or ranch soy nuts.

The company noted that the benefit of a free snack matters to a lot of customers and impacts their travel experience.

Many airlines do still offer some free snacks, but over the years as airlines have cut back on costs, snacks were among the first of the small perks to be eliminated.

While some passengers would prefer a bit extra legroom, bringing back snacks is sure to please many.

If you’re curious about what a stroopwafel is and how to eat it, United also released a video recommending how to consume one – by warming up the caramel by placing it on top of a cup of tea or coffee.

Watch the video here.