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Coronavirus Reduced Inflight Food and Beverage Restrictions as of 03/2020 and changes

Coronavirus Reduced Inflight Food and Beverage Restrictions as of 03/2020 and changes

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As of 9/21:

Flights under 900 miles
  • Water, canned drinks and juice by request only
  • No snacks, alcohol or food available in the Main Cabin
  • Alcohol available in First by request only
Flights between 900 and 2,199 miles / up to 4.5 hours

In the Main Cabin – includes Premium Economy and Main Cabin Extra

  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and bottled water during boarding*
  • No snacks, alcohol or food for purchase
  • Water, canned drinks and juice by request only

In First:

  • Complimentary fresh snacks on flights departing between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.*
  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and bottled water during boarding*
  • Drinks, including alcohol, by request only
  • No drinks served before departure
*Not available on American Eagle flights.

Flights over 2,200 miles* / over 4.5 hours

In the Main Cabin – includes Premium Economy and Main Cabin Extra

  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and water, canned drinks or juice during the flight
  • No snacks or food for purchase
  • No alcohol or meals except on long-haul international flights

In First and Business:

  • Complimentary fresh snacks on flights departing between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.
  • Complimentary pretzels or Biscoff cookies and water, canned drinks or juice during the flight
  • Meals served on one tray, not in courses**
  • No drinks served before departure
  • Alcohol will be available
*Includes transcontinental and Hawaii.

**Some domestic and short-haul international flights will include a fruit and cheese plate instead of tray meal service and will also have snack basket service before landing.

cmd320 notation (unofficial): the 2,200mi + section for F and J is a bit misleading. Domestic flights within the continental US other than premium transcons (JFK-LAX/SFO, MIA-LAX on 77W) do not receive a full meal and instead only see a sandwich/fruit and cheese plate.

fly747first notation (official) MIA LAX on 772 receives full meal and amenities as Flagship Business except for lounge access


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Old Jan 21, 21, 6:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
What about the data point of it being sheer insanity to fly LAS-RNO via DFW and PHX?
Ya know this is FlyerTalk after all...
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Old Jan 21, 21, 7:14 pm
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
What about the data point of it being sheer insanity to fly LAS-RNO via DFW and PHX?
I actually stood up and applauded when I saw the routing.
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Old Jan 21, 21, 7:47 pm
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
What about the data point of it being sheer insanity to fly LAS-RNO via DFW and PHX?
Makes sense for those who may be earning status on partner airlines (e.g. AS, BA).
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Old Jan 21, 21, 8:09 pm
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I thought my SFO-LAX-PHX-SAN routing tomorrow was decadent, bit its child's play compared to the routing above.
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Old Jan 21, 21, 9:17 pm
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
What about the data point of it being sheer insanity to fly LAS-RNO via DFW and PHX?
in fairness... AA/Eagle doesn’t fly this right now so you have to go via PHX / DFW if you want to stick on AA. This is one of my bi-weekly or monthly routes and we’ve been moved to Southwest and Delta (new route for delta) as a result
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Old Jan 22, 21, 8:10 am
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Because of reduced banks AA is offering a number of strange and out of the way connections. I've even take some of them because of timing and strangely enough the upfares are usually cheap. A couple examples MIA/LGA/RDU and RIC/LGA/CLT/VPS. I've also noticed that in certain situations AA is offering connections greater than 4 hours.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 9:56 am
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
What about the data point of it being sheer insanity to fly LAS-RNO via DFW and PHX?
I know, right?! All joking aside, we had good pricing in F plus with my travels being credited to the BAEC and not AA it was a good way to get 6 x 40 TPs towards maintaining status. Plus with the Centurion lounges being open again it was a good opportunity to visit the LAS lounge since it's been refurbished, plus the DFW one as well as the new Escape lounge in PHX.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 1:44 pm
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Doing IAD-MCO next month via CLT; going the EQS route this year & no stickers (which I only have 2 of) required for upgrades.

DCA-MCO direct was the same price.

Looking forward to checking out the Centurion & being able to contribute here for the first time.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 1:52 pm
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Originally Posted by Herb687 View Post
What about the data point of it being sheer insanity to fly LAS-RNO via DFW and PHX?
A BAEC member who would like to maximize Tier Points in FlyerTalk without time constraints or other stuff would take that routing.
You are getting x3 of the Tier Points ( status qualification points ) compared to when you fly direct, which is a great value for us.

I have flown DCA-DFW-MIA-RDU and SFO-PHX-DFW-LAX ( plus some more creative itineraries ) this year because I didn't have any time constraints and the price was the same as a direct flight.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 5:40 pm
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OT: I've flown BDL-DCA-LGA-CLT-DAB before because it was the only award routing available. Talked with some AA employees and that wasn't even the strangest routing they've seen.
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Old Jan 22, 21, 7:56 pm
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Just a quick data point regarding FA's making their own rules. I frequently fly a short regional flight on PSA to/from CLT, and usually in F they offer a PDB or get pre-orders for in flight (30 minutes in air). Tonight we got the "No food or beverages" for anyone, even F. Not a big deal, just inconsistent.
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Old Jan 23, 21, 3:18 pm
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Flew the DFW to Maui flight this past week. Tiny snack box served in coach both ways. Cheese spread, Oreos, almonds, cranberries, wheat thins. With your choice of non-alcoholic beverage, because in the words from the flight attendant “there is no longer alcohol on board because of too many crazy people flying these days”.
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Old Jan 23, 21, 3:57 pm
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I doubt 'crazy' people' have anything to do with it, I think its a conscious choice for AA not to serve alcohol to Y pax - likely a blend of cost cutting for MCE seats and FA push back on enhanced service and the risks of COVID and all that jazz.
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Old Jan 24, 21, 7:08 pm
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We actually quite enjoyed the cheese plate on our 4 legs earlier this month, more than some of the hot dishes we've had (excluding international).

But does anyone which cheeses are in the tray? I honestly can't name them with confidence even though I enjoyed them.

Thanks!
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Old Jan 24, 21, 7:44 pm
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Originally Posted by Gig103 View Post
We actually quite enjoyed the cheese plate on our 4 legs earlier this month, more than some of the hot dishes we've had (excluding international).

But does anyone which cheeses are in the tray? I honestly can't name them with confidence even though I enjoyed them.

Thanks!
Plastic. That ain’t cheese.
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