United Airlines is bringing back two passenger-favorite amenities to its domestic first class product and also adding more variety on shorter flights.
Hot Towels & Mixed Nuts Return To All Meal Service Flights On United Airlines
Hot towels and warmed mixed nuts will be returning to all fights 801 miles or more starting on March 1, 2023. While hot towels and warmed mix nuts are currently offered on premium transcontinental and intercontinental flights, we have not seen them on domestic flights or regional flights to Canada or Latin America since the pandemic began nearly three years ago.
The warm mixed nut mix contains cashews and almonds and is only offered on flights with lunch and dinner service, while the hot towels will be available on all flights, including those with breakfast service (typically on flights that depart between 5:00 am and 9:59 am).
Meanwhile, American Airlines restored these amenities to its shorter flights over a year ago.
New Snacks On Short Flights In First Class
United currently does not serve meals in first class on its shorter flights, but offers a beverage plus a stroopwaffel or pretzels on flights between 301 and 800 miles. Starting on March 1st, United will expand the snack selection in first class on these flights to include:
- Lemon berry gourmet cookie
- Madi K black-pepper almonds
- Solely mango jerky
I’m not sure about the Dots…but everything else sounds like a nice upgrade that better aligns United with what its competitors like Alaska, American, and Delta offer on short flights in first class.
What could really set United apart would be to offer hot scones in the morning (as it did pre-pandemic) and warmed mixed nuts at other times of day on these shorter flights. I guarantee passengers would sing praises to United if it offered a ramekin of nuts with a beverage on a flight, for example, from San Francisco to Los Angeles.
New Menus Coming
One other note: in March the domestic first class meals will also change, though a new menu has not yet been shared. Once we have that menu, we will share details. My biggest request: bring back soups and salads! These are so simple and easy and yet passenger favorites. A fresh salad with a side of protein is the ideal airline meal for me.
United Airlines will bring back hot towels and warmed mixed nuts on more routes starting in March, a welcome addition to the onboard amenities. With competition fierce and business travel still depressed, I hope that United is realizing that it must compete on soft product as well…not just schedule.