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Back in February, American Airlines officially launched the ability for first and business class passengers to pre-reserve your meal before a flight. No more running out of that sandwich you want or the cheese plate before the flight attendants get to you.

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The option was first only available on American Airlines marketed and operated flights within the continental U.S., and to/from Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean but now business and first class passengers can order them on American flights between the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Asia and Europe. Requests may be made 30 days prior to travel and all orders must be completed at least 24 hours before departure. To order your meal, you must already have a ticket, and then go to My Trips to see the menu for your flight and make your selections.

To be honest, although it’s always a pleasant surprise to have a nice meal on a flight, the food isn’t the main reason I fly a particular airline over another and I don’t often think to choose my meal ahead of time on domestic flights.

However, while flying American from Miami to New York recently, the flight attendants in the business class cabin ran out of one of the entrees so by the time they got to my row the only choice left was this less-than-appetizing bowl of tortellini swimming in some kind of creamy sauce.

If only I'd pre-ordered, I wouldn't have gotten stuck with this!
If only I’d pre-ordered, I wouldn’t have gotten stuck with this!

If only I’d ordered the chicken breast ahead of time, I wouldn’t have had to make up for these carbs in the gym the next day!

Oh well, next time I fly American and the option is available I’m definitely going to have a look through my menu options and choose ahead of time so that I don’t get stuck with a meal I don’t want. Now if only the airline (and others) would expand the option to their economy passengers as well, that would be great. Although it might be a pain to implement, I actually think it would cut down on wasted meals and help the airlines streamline how they stock their premium cabin meals.

Have any of you pre-ordered a meal with American yet? How was your experience?

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