Remember free meals in economy class? The last one we saw was offered back in 2010 by Continental (and of course, that airline has also departed the scene). Now Delta is bringing meals back to those of us who sit in the cheap seats – at least on a few routes. UPDATE: On March 14, 2017 American announced it too would offer free meals in coach on certain routes. This was just a few weeks after Delta's announcement in February.
What are Delta’s Free Meals in Economy?
Here's the description emailed to us describing Delta's free meals in economy: "In the morning, customers will have the option to choose between a Honey Maple Breakfast Sandwich, Luvo [food company brand] Breakfast Medley or fruit and cheese plate. During the day, customers will be able to select from a Mesquite-Smoked Turkey Combo, Luvo Mediterranean Whole Grain Veggie Wrap, or fruit and cheese plate. For overnight flights, customers will be offered a breakfast bar during the pre-arrival beverage service."
When Will Delta’s Free Meals in Economy be Available?
Here’s the schedule for the roll-out of free meals in economy:
- New York (JFK) – Los Angeles
- New York (JFK) – San Francisco
- Boston – San Francisco
- Boston – Los Angeles
- Boston – Seattle
- Washington DC – Los Angeles
- New York (JFK) – Portland OR
- New York (JFK) – San Diego
- New York (JFK) – Seattle
- Seattle – Ft. Lauderdale
- Seattle – Orlando
- Seattle – Raleigh/Durham
Are Delta’s Free Meals in Economy Worth It?
They certainly sound tasty, for airplane food – but remember to always compare airfares every time you shop. We've seen instances where Delta fares were higher than other airlines' ticket prices, and instances where Delta fares matched the other carriers. All we can say is, any time you shop for airline tickets, compare the fares so you get the complete price picture. It's only common sense.