Upgrades are much more difficult when you purchase a same-day ticket. Yesterday was one of those days. Three urgent meetings in New York today meant a last-minute redeye yesterday. While my upgrade never cleared, it gave me a chance to sample one of United’s free meals in EconomyPlus on premium transcontinental flights. My midnight snack will be the subject of this week’s Meal of the Week.
Back in May, United expanded its premium transcontinental service to Boston and introduced complimentary meals in EconomyPlus. Thankfully, I typically score an upgrade on these routes so last night was my first time in economy class since the changes were made.
The redeye left at 10:40p, arriving into Newark at 6:20a earlier today. Although I wasn’t all that hungry, I simply could not pass up the opportunity to sample the food.
Service began shortly after takeoff with two choices offered: macaroni salad or chicken wrap. I took the wrap and was pleased to see the following placed before me:
It was actually the perfect “midnight snack” (that’s what the FA referred to the meal as). The wrap was light and it was not the nasty banquet-style chicken inside. In fact, the chipotle sauce inside the wrap made it something I would even eat at home.
The meal came with fresh fruit, something sorely lacking on international United flights in economy. the grapes, cantaloupe, and honeydew were ripe as well.
Finally, the chocolate cheesecake was a perfect dessert. Admittedly, it was so rich I did not finish it, but very tasty…
This is on a 4hr40min domestic redeye…count me as impressed.
Before 8pm, United serves hot meals in EconomyPlus.
Last night’s snack was a very pleasant surprise. Within minutes of eating it I dozed off and did not awake until final approach into Newark.
Missing an upgrade is no fun, but at least United keeps you reasonably well fed in EconomyPlus.