Snack Basket Losing Variety?

Old May 13, 19, 5:41 pm
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Snack Basket Losing Variety?

I know this is a first-world problem because I arrive delay-free 85% of the time in 2019 so far. But, I mostly fly to/from ATL and have noticed for a couple of months that the variety in the snack basket seems to have been reduced to the
  • Wheat Cheese-It's
  • Thin Oreos
  • Kind granola bar (Square shape with red trim)
  • Almonds
  • And of course, the Biscoff cookies
Gone is the treasure hunt of variety like the snack mix: salted caramels, French square chocolate cookies, English butter cookies, Bark Thins, Pita Chips, Chocolate covered Oreos, Sun Chips, Oatmeal Breakfast cookie.
Even the bananas are no longer a staple of the snack baskets. Hit or Miss.

Seems like DL has a history of cycling from adventurous local brands and unique items to bland stuff, and the cycle seems to swinging back to bland again IMO.

Is it any better on other routes? Are some of the local/regional items still in the baskets on the BOS, DTW, and MSP flights?
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Old May 13, 19, 5:47 pm
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Anecdotal evidence I have would concur with your findings.
Although I don't see the snack basket much.

However I would add kettle chips to your list of things I do see in the basket.
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Old May 13, 19, 5:50 pm
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The snack basket sucks. Had a flight today from Detroit to Albany (small market but still, from a hub), and just the standard four snacks. No bananas.
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Old May 13, 19, 5:58 pm
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I have been seated in domestic F 6 times over the past 2 weeks. The snack basket no longer has any oreos or cookies or those delicious french cookies other than Biscoff. Very disappointing recently!

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Old May 13, 19, 6:07 pm
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I don't understand how this keeps happening. Having decent snacks is pocket change for Delta.
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Old May 13, 19, 6:14 pm
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The bean counters might be trimming the catering budget to fund the expansion at BOS.
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Old May 13, 19, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by ab2013 View Post
The bean counters might be trimming the catering budget to fund the expansion at BOS.
Does JetBlue have a snack basket?
If it has 4 choices and sucks, then DL is just obsessed with copying JetBlue, like they are with the new BOS routes.
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Old May 13, 19, 6:38 pm
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OP what length of flight is this on, and is there also a meal served?
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Old May 13, 19, 6:42 pm
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Originally Posted by jdrtravel View Post
OP what length of flight is this on, and is there also a meal served?
ATL mainline flights about half of which had meal service. Those were the ones to/from LAX/SFO
I was in C+ for 40% of those flights.
Same experience regardless.

I would hope they don't downgrade the snack basket on longer flights because F has a meal. That does not give added value to C+ which they want people to pay for.
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Old May 13, 19, 8:25 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyBitcoin View Post
ATL mainline flights about half of which had meal service. Those were the ones to/from LAX/SFO
I was in C+ for 40% of those flights.
Same experience regardless.

I would hope they don't downgrade the snack basket on longer flights because F has a meal. That does not give added value to C+ which they want people to pay for.
same experience and i mainly fly tcon...more worrying is that the f snack basket now seems to be the same as the c+ snack basket (and the f basket was downgraded and c+'s was not improved in this equalization)
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Old May 13, 19, 9:07 pm
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Two flights today: MKE-MSP and MSP-SMF (Sacramento).

MSP-SMF was a meal flight in F, and after the meal the FA came around w/ basket ("would you like a snack to go?")

Both flights were the same snack basket:
- Bananas
- Potato Chips
- Cheez-It (I actually just looked up the spelling - I thought it was either 'Cheez-Its' or 'Cheez-Itz')
- Thin Oreos
- Biscoffs
- Almonds
- Those chocolate-covered berry things
- Kind Bars

That being said I have noticed differences in the last month.
- Less than 250 miles only 4 choices up front (sometimes two)
- None of those French cookie/chocolate things in a while

Ok, if I only get 4 choices, my 'ideal' basket is (afternoon/evening):
- Salted peanuts
- Sea salt chocolates (Sanders?)
- Dang, I guess I actually like the Cheez-Itz
- Potato chips

Morning 4:
- Bananas
- Kind bars
- The breakfast oatmeal/raisin thing they used to have (maybe still do?)
- Any others from my evening list
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Old May 13, 19, 9:47 pm
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MSP flights have been similarly “optimized” to the same bland choices.

No bananas on LAX-MSP and JFK-MSP flights last week.

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Old May 13, 19, 10:06 pm
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Same minimum choices as described above on MCO-MSP and MSP-MCO in the past week.
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Old May 13, 19, 10:42 pm
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Originally Posted by FlyBitcoin View Post
Does JetBlue have a snack basket?
If it has 4 choices and sucks, then DL is just obsessed with copying JetBlue, like they are with the new BOS routes.
I was just joking - referring to the fact that DL probably loses money in BOS. Can’t imagine them printing cash on something like BOS-ORD, for example.
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Old May 13, 19, 10:45 pm
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I’ve noticed this, too. To be fair I’ve only been loyal to DL for a few years, but the variety in the F baskets seems to be at an all time low, and the options are all sorta “blah”.

There used to be many more options, some of which I actually looked forward to when flying.

long-time DL folks: has variety swung in both directions recently (as I’d argue the appeal of the food has), or has the number of options steadily declined?

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