February 17, 2017
Woah-Delta’s Introducing Free Meals on Certain Domestic Flights

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Straight to the Point

Delta is bringing back free meals in Main Cabin Economy in 12 of its markets!

 

Rollout

On March 1, Delta is launching complimentary meals in its Man Cabin on flights between New York (JFK) and Los Angeles (LAX)/San Francisco (SFO). On April 24, it’s bringing the new food service to the following routes:

  • Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), and Seattle (SEA)
  • Washington D.C. (DCA) to Los Angeles (LAX)
  • New York (JFK) to Portland (PDX), San Diego (SAN), and Seattle (SEA)
  • Seattle (SEA) to Fort Lauderdale (FLL), Orlando (MCO), and Raleigh–Durham (RDU)

 

Food Options

The exact food items will depend on the time of the flight. Morning flyers will be able to choose between a Honey Maple Breakfast Sandwich, Luvo Breakfast Medley, or a fruit and cheese plate. Daytime flyers can choose between a Mesquite-Smoked Turkey Combo, Luvo Mediterranean Whole Grain Veggie Wrap, or a fruit and cheese plate. Finally, overnight flyers will be offered a breakfast bar during the pre-flight drink service.



Delta Comfort+

Delta is also making a few enhancements to its Comfort+ service. Passengers will receive a snack basket shortly before landing on all 12 of the above routes, along with select alcoholic beverages free of charge. Customers on the JFK to LAX/SFO routes will also receive a mid-flight Greek frozen yogurt bar.

 

Final Thoughts

I think it’s great that Delta’s bringing complimentary food to its economy passengers on many of its transcontinental routes. I mean, free food is always great from a customer’s perspective. As a flyer, it’s always nice to be offered something to eat on routes in Asia even if it’s a quick two or three-hour flight so I think this should help public perception of Delta. That being said, I’m not sure if it makes financial sense for Delta these days. There’s so much quick service food available at US airports that flyers can easily buy something on the ground to eat in the air if it’s going to be a long flight. I also have no problem paying for an in-flight meal as long as it’s decent food. I’d argue that airlines should be investing in improving their food quality over giving it away for free, since they don’t really have to serve free food in order to compete domestically. That said, free food still feels physiologically nice.

 

How to Pay

 

How to Redeem

  • Book award flights using Delta’s frequent flyer program.
  • Book award flights using partner Air France’s FlyingBlue
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