Friday, October 10, 2008

United Charging For Meals Between Dulles And Europe

I knew this was being considered by United but thought the feedback was SO negative that the idea had been dropped. Looks like I was wrong.

On a trial basis, starting October 1st until the end of the year, United is charging economy class passengers for meals on flights between Washington Dulles Inernational Airport and cities in Europe.

For a 'fresh food' meal the price is $9.00. A 'snack box' costs $6.00. As of now, United is the first and only U.S. carrier to stop serving free meals on overseas flights.

I think this is a pretty lousy way to do business.

Just for the heck of it, I logged into Orbitz and, picking random dates, checked the cost of air from Dulles to London. United came in at $669. USAirways, Continental and Delta all came in a few $$ lower.

Lufthansa is a few dollars more but guess what...their flight is code shared with United. Does that mean if I book the Lufthansa flight I get a meal but if I book through United I don't????


Paul Cohen said...

I called Lufthansa and they said if the plane is opperated by United, United rules apply. If I want a free meal I need to go Dallas to Frankfurt, Frankfurt to London.

diane said...

Appreciate the follow up on my post. Good info regarding a United operated flight vs a Lufthansa operated one.