Tuesday’s Travels – gluten free on United Airlines

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Newsy | 0 comments

… Now They’re Better Than “Souper”!


United Airlines Logo, courtesy UA


News for those of us who need gluten-free food choices when we travel, United Airlines is stepping up their in-flight dining game.


Are you a premium-cabin traveler?

While United has offered gluten-free soup to those flying premium-cabin on routes across North and Central America for a while, they’ve recently announced that beginning March 1st, 2014 they’ll be offering a few additional gluten-free choices, and making them available on additional routes.

“On March 1, the company will switch from regular to gluten-free salad dressing on its premium-cabin menu on flights departing the United States to points throughout North and Central America – routes that already have flights offering gluten-free soup. With the new salad dressing, premium-cabin customers may enjoy a complete gluten-free meal on flights where both soup and salad are served.

This summer, United will add gluten-free options for premium-cabin customers on long-haul international flights departing the United States, including salad dressing for all premium-cabin customers and soup in United Global First.”


For those who travel economy-class (yep, that’s me), there’s more news:

“Also, this month United refreshed the contents of its Choice Menu Classic, Savory and Tapas Snack Shop snackboxes with more premium offerings. At least half of the items in each snackbox are now gluten-free. Starting this spring, the Savory snackbox will be completely gluten-free. Snack Shop selections are available for purchase in United Economy on most North and Central America flights scheduled for more than two hours and flights to and from northern South America.

Additionally, United offers Two Degrees Fruit & Nut Bars as a gluten-free Snack Shop à la carte option. The fruit and nut bars are also available on the airline’s Choice Menu Bistro on Board, on flights departing after 5:45 a.m. and before 9:45 a.m. Bistro on Board offers fresh food for sale in United Economy on most flights scheduled for more than three-and-a-half hours within North America and to Central and northern South America.”

The bright-side? Gluten-free options! The down-side? Some of these options are still mixed with non-gluten-free components, will still only be available when booking premium-cabin travel, on flights scheduled during designated hours, or on flights with extended flight durations. And most of these gluten-free options are an additional cost – but at least they’re becoming available, right?


What’s your opinion?

Are you excited about these new options? Do you think it’s a step in the right direction – or still falling short? Will these choices cause you to consider booking your next flight with United Airlines?

Safe food is a journey … Thrive!™

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