Selecting AA First Class Meal Prior To Departure


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I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing American Airlines First Class product in the past. But it’s been a while. Since our trip down to Buenos Aires in AA’s First Class, American has rolled out turn down service, a new First Class product and the ability to pre-order your meal. I’m excited to experience two of the three on an upcoming flight and have already placed my meal order. Here is a simple walk through of how to pre-order your First Class American Airlines meal. And by all means let me know if I’m missing the boat with my order.

Select “Flight Option” To Update Entree Reservation

Open up your flight reservation on the American Airlines website and selection Flight Option Entree Reservations to make or edit your meal selection.

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Select Entree

On this international flight in American’s old 777 First Class product, I have a sleection of Seared Balsamic Chicken, Grilled Beef Filet, Seared Shrimp, or Orecchiette Pasta.

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Update 24 Hours Prior To Departure

American Airlines allows you to edit your selection up to 24 hours prior to departure. I’d venture to guess that once onboard, you might be able to modify your selection. But then again, if I booked a meal, I’d expect to be served that meal as well. So I wouldn’t count on it being available. I’ll check this on an upcoming flight and report back.

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Bottom Line

It is pretty cool how you can select your meal on American Airlines before you even take off. A few simple clicks and you can review the available meals and make your selection.

On an upcoming flight I selected the Grilled Beef because it seemed like a safe bet. Did I make a mistake? What’s your favorite American Airlines International First Class meal?

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Comments

  1. I did this for flights in April. On all flights the f/a had no clue that I had preselected, despite my records. I’m curious if anyone has had any success?

  2. @ Michael – I had a few flights when the FA either wasn’t aware or had to be reminded, but mostly they’ve been aware of my pre-ordered selection.

    I think it may depend upon the route. On international flights and between DFW and LAX/SFO/LGA/MIA it’s been in beta testing for almost a year, so (in my experience) it seldom fails that the FA remembers. On routes like DFW-DTW or DFW-SJC it’s sometimes a less consistent.

    @ Weekly Flyer – Good choice! Grilled Beef Filet is definitely the leader in the clubhouse.

  3. I’ve had a hard and fast rule not to order steak on airplanes since I generally like my steak rare to medium rare. But, in the last 18 months, AA has served me a number of red/pink steaks. Still not perfect but better than anything I’ve had on any other domestic or international flight.

  4. The absolute worst 1st class meals served on American are flights 6 and 7 to and from Maui. And when I mean bad, I mean inedible. Salad is ok, ice cream is ok, but if you don’t eat fish then you get some gawdawful pasta dish that is watery and tasteless.

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