We didn’t see this one coming but we are delighted. Who would have thought free snacks would return to economy class? Apparently, United did.
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Free Snacks in Economy Return Feb. 2016
According to United’s press release, free snacks will make a comeback sometime in February 2016 on “thousands of daily flights” in both the U.S. and Canada, plus Latin America.
Now, don’t get too excited here; we’re not talking about giant Milky Ways or economy-sized bags of Cheetos; there are two free snacks to choose from and it doesn’t look like either will blow your diet.
- Snack #1: Stroopwafel
United describes this as a “Dutch, caramel-filled waffle that pairs perfectly with coffee or tea” but it looks like a fancy cookie to us. It also sounds delicious. Look for it on flights departing before 9:45 a.m.
- Snack #2: Packaged Savory Snack
United offers a couple of choices for this one: “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.” We’ll take it. These 5 ounce bags will be served on flights departing after 9:45 a.m.
We’ve reached out to United to try and find out why they’re bringing back free snacks and will update with any response. In the meantime – thanks, United! UPDATE: We heard from United’s Karen May who tells us they’re doing this because both customers and employees wanted it. Sometimes, said Ms. May, “it’s the little things that make a big difference.”