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Guide: AA SPML - Special Meal (vegetarian, gluten intolerant, child, etc.)

Old Jan 29, 2017, 11:30 am
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Special meals and nut allergies and Special meals and dietary requests

AA currently makes a number of special meals available on certain flights; they must be requested at least 24 hours in advance. Please see this page on AA.com for current information.

"Special meals are available on select flights with scheduled, complimentary meal service. Similar to scheduled meal service, they are based on departure time, destination and flight length. Menus vary monthly to ensure fresh and seasonal ingredients." See listing of special meals available from AA below.

How to request your special meal:
  • Make sure your flight has scheduled meal service
  • Determine which specialty meal meets your need
  • Call to order
  • This option is available at least 24 hours before and up to 30 days in advance of your departure.
  • Log into your AA account
  • Select on Your Trips
  • Select View/Change on your reservation
  • Go down to Reserve a Meal.
  • When you arrive at the airport, advise the gate agent and flight attendants that you ordered a special meal
  • Call Reservations if you booked through American Airlines or contact your travel agent if you booked with an agency.

Contact Reservations (link)

For your interest, airline meal codes for SPML offerings on AA. The list of options may appear extensive but in practice the variety is much reduced due to duplication
  • AVML - Asian Vegetarian Meal
  • BBML - Baby / Infant Food
  • BLML - Bland Meal
  • CHML - Childrens Meal
  • DBML - Diabetic Meal
  • GFML - Gluten-free Meal
  • HNML - Hindu Meal
  • KSML - Kosher (Jewish) Meal
  • LFML Low Fat Meal
  • LSML Low Sodium Meal
  • MOML - Muslim (Halal) Meal
  • NLML Non-Lactose Meal
  • VGML - Vegetarian Meal (non-dairy)
  • VLML Vegetarian Lacto-ovo Meal
  • VVML Vegetarian Vegan Meal
Other special meal codes may be viewed at AirlinesMeals.com here.

From British Airways, definitions of these meals:
  • Asian vegetarian - Does not contain fish, shellfish, meat, poultry or eggs. It is a meatless meal and spicy in content.
  • Baby meal - ?
  • Bland - For those with digestive tract and gut disorders. Excludes mustard, pickles, garlic, fried and fatty food.
  • Child meal - Contains a combination of familiar and fun foods.
  • Diabetic - For those who need to manage blood sugar levels. Foods excluded are sugars, syrups, jams, cakes and chocolate, unless specifically for diabetics.
  • Gluten intolerant - Foods excluded are wheat or wheat flour, barley oats and rye, bread, cakes (unless wheat free), pastry, sausages or any flour based products.
  • Hindu - Does not contain beef, beef derivatives, veal or pork, it is not a meatless meal.
  • Kosher Meal - These meals are prepared to comply with Jewish dietary laws.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian - Does not contain meat, fish or seafood. May contain dairy products such as milk, butter, cheese and eggs etc.
  • Low fat - High fibre meal with reduced amounts of fat.
  • Low lactose - Excludes cheese, dairy products and their derivatives and lactose or milk products.
  • Low salt - Excludes use of salt, MSG and baking soda/powder, instead herbs and spices are used to flavour the meal.
  • Muslim Meal - Does not contain pork, by-products of pork or foodstuffs containing alcohol. All meats come from ritually slaughtered animals.
  • Vegan vegetarian - Does not contain meat, fish, fowl, eggs, honey, dairy products or derivatives. If vegan is not specified, then a lacto ovo meal will be provided.

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Guide: AA SPML - Special Meal (vegetarian, gluten intolerant, child, etc.)

Old Aug 16, 2023, 7:40 pm
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Doing PDX-PHX then PHX-MIA and chose the Breakfast Enchilada for the first leg. Would rather not have the same thing on the second leg unless it is THAT GOOD. I have the option for special meals. Any of them worth choosing for breakfast over the Enchilada again? I don't mind vegetarian, but would like something of substance (meat and potatoes kind of guy). TIA

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Old Oct 16, 2023, 5:31 pm
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any ideas what specialty i may be able to choose PHL to FLL? the grain bowl and med bowl arent appealing
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Old Nov 22, 2023, 3:03 am
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How good are the special meals reservations?

I am flying in december from argentina to the usa, i already tried last year both meals that are chicken or pasta but i dont want to try the same food again, i can select any of these special meals, which one would you recommend? And it would be great if someone could point me to a link showing how all the special meals look like? I was between kosher, gluten free or hindi, but would like to see everyone

I tried to upload the screenshots of each selection but i have to make 5 post to do so so i will list it here

Asian vegetarian
Gluten intolerant
low fat
Lacto-ovo vegetarian
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Old Nov 22, 2023, 5:58 am
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I think the special meals are fundamentally the same whichever class you travel. Meals in business class or coach are presented differently on a china plate but its the same food when all said and done, so the review should still work with regards to taste and edibility. I always used to choose the Hindu meal and it was really good, however the last couple of years even though I pre ordered Hindu I have been presented with exactly the same meal as the Asian Vegetarian and it was awful. I asked the flight attendant if it was an error and they said no, they are the same meal now.
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Old Nov 22, 2023, 8:27 am
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I've had poor luck with just getting a vegetarian meal delivered - two out of three times I've had the "whoopsie look" and some apology about how it:
  • wasn't catered
  • they gave it out already
  • not an option on this flight
  • etc

All the best, James
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Old Mar 6, 2024, 2:01 pm
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Asian Vegetarian Dinner
My wife was impressed with it and would order it again. They also provided a card with all of the ingredients for reference.
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Old May 10, 2024, 3:58 pm
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Does anyone know what a child's meal looks like in Domestic F (if it's even offered)? I tried to search the thread but unfortunately since the word "Child's" appears in the title of the thread it returns every post in the results.
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Old May 11, 2024, 11:17 am
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Any recent Breakfast SPML? Not really wanting the Breakfast Enchilada. Not sure what the Diabetic or Kosher Breakfast are. Domestic F SAT-ORD
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