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December 10, 2015

Air Travel Watch: Free Snacks on United, International Premium Economy for American

Major airlines have announced upgrades to their economy air travel product. Whether you're heading off to your next meeting or looking to book group air travel, here's what to keep in mind. 

American Airlines Premium Economy
American Airlines Premium Economy

American Airlines has announced that it will be introducing Premium Economy to its international widebody fleet by late 2016. Offering a tier of service directly behind Business Class, Premium Economy will net customers priority check-in and boarding, as well as a checked baggage allowance. Once on the plane, amenities include roomier seats, personal on-demand entertainment, noise reducing headphones, amenity kits, upgraded meals, and spirits, beer and wine. 

American's new Boeing 787-9, which is expected to enter service in late 2016, will be the first to offer Premium Economy seating. The 787-9 will have Premium Economy seating in a 2-3-2 configuration, as well as Business Class, Main Cabin Extra (which has six inches of additional legroom) and Main Cabin seats. Premium Economy will also be available on the Airbus A350, which will arrive in 2017. 

American said it also plans to add Premium Economy seating to all Boeing 777-300ERs, 777-200ERs, 787-8s and Airbus A330s over the next three years. Boeing 767-300s will not get Premium Economy class, as those aircraft are slated for retirement over the coming years. 

Visit aa.com/premiumeconomy

United Airlines' new complimentary stroopwafel
United Airlines' new complimentary stroopwafel

At the same time, United Airlines has announced it is bringing back a welcome perk for its United Economy customers: free snacks. Starting in February 2016, the airline will begin offering free snacks on flights within North America and Latin America

In the morning, customers on flights departing before 9:45 a.m. will receive a stroopwafel -- a Dutch, caramel-filled waffle. Travelers on flights departing after 9:45 a.m. will get packaged savory snacks, such as a mix of rice crackers, sesame sticks and wasabi peas. 

United's Choice Menu items will continue to be available for purchase on flights that currently offer them. 

Visit united.com

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