Later this month, United Airlines will resume onboard sales of beer, wine, and snack boxes on a handful of flights. It will also test out contactless payment to minimize contact between flight attendants and guests.
United Airlines Buy-On-Board Service Returns To Select Denver Flights
First noted by Zach Griff and confirmed by Live and Let’s Fly, the buy-on-board service will only be available on flights departing Denver (DEN) to:
- Boston (BOS)
- Chicago O’Hare (ORD)
- Honolulu (HNL)
- Houston (IAH)
- Los Angeles (LAX)
- Newark (EWR)
- San Francisco (SFO)
- Washington Dulles (IAD)
- Washington National (DCA)
It will be limited to beer, wine, snacks (like potato chips and gummy bears), and snack boxes. The plan is to offer this service on more flights if the trial goes well.
Prior to the pandemic, MileagePlus Premier 1K members received a complimentary snack and alcoholic beverage when traveling in economy class. This will return on these flights.
United Airlines Will Require Contactless Payment
Others will have to pay for snack and alcoholic beverage choices by storing a payment with their United Airlines profile (this can be done either online or via the United app). Flight attendants will pull up your profile if you wish to purchase something and charge the credit card through their United-issued iPhone.
Even if you are not a MileagePlus member, you can store a credit card linked to your reservation during check-in.
As long as internet is working on the flight, this can be added even once you are in the air since the use of web services on united.com and the United mobile app are free of charge. United will not accept cards onboard during the trial and also is not equipped to accept popular contactless payments like Apple Pay.
With all the onboard brawls lately, I’m not sure if the resumption of beer and wine sales onboard is a good thing, but it is nice that passengers who neglect to purchase food while in the airport will not be left to go hungry during the flight. Hopefully this pilot program will expand beyond nine routes from Denver before the holidays.
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