Is there a better source to learn about whether dinner is served on my flight?

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  1. This week, 8:40PM AA flight from ORD to SEA. Website says "snack", EXP line says "snack." Hockens eats at the airport and then a full meal is served on the flight.

    Return flight, 3:25, same thing.

    What the heck? How is there such a disconnect between the reservation and real life catering? Is there any infinitive source on whether or not there will be dinner on my flight?
     
  2. DestinationDavid
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    It's not actually a disconnect between what is shown and catering, more a "bonus" for the traveler.

    AA's version of a "snack" is a full meal. While you might view a snack as some warm nuts or a small sandwich, AA's version of a snack is a cheeseburger with chips or chicken enchiladas. Note that flights under 2/2.5 hours generally are not catered with a meal and you'll receive the traditional snack pack and beverage. Anything over 2 hours in standard meal times or 2.5 hours otherwise and you're looking at essentially a full service meal.

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think what we might traditionally consider a snack is listed on AA as a "Refreshment".

    Some more info on Food & Beverage on AA if anyone wants to take a look!
     
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    I think that DestinationDavid is correct. The term "refreshments" usually means only drinks and the warm nuts in first.
     
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    And some, including myself prefer many of AA snacks like the salmon or shrimp salad to their standard non-meat dinner offering of one of the same three pasta bowl for several years. There is a good photo thread started by Tom911 with photos of AA meals (which you now know includes snacks :))
     
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    Refreshments = Warm nuts and cookies only
    Snack and Brunch services are identical to the Lunch service
     
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    Infinitive sources are split on this issue.
     
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    OK, to expand this further, the definitive source is your flight information on AA.com. Snack = sandwich or salad with a meat on it or something similar and a warm cookie. Dinner = salad, entree, plus dessert. Lunch is similar. Breakfast is typically omelet, bread basket, and some fruit. Alternative is granola and yogurt and/or some other cereal + fruit.
     
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    I beg to differ. Lunch is not similar to Dinner but rather is similar/same as Snack and Brunch.

    Dinner includes an appetizer on most flights and a choice between a pasta and a meat dish and a dessert consisting of a sundae or a sliver of cheesecake. (Though transcon Lunch flights also get the pre-made sundae)

    Lunch/Brunch/Snack is more accurately described by you as, "sandwich or salad with a meat on it or something similar and a warm cookie", and served with a side of pita/potato chips.
     
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    I was thinking the exact same thing when I first read that ;)
     
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    I have 132 photos, mostly of AA meals with departure times listed, HERE. Quickest way through them is with your right arrow key.
     
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    omg tom, your site is making me hungry!!
     
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    Why does the food never look this good in person? :)
     
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    MIA-ORD - had brownie ice cream sundaes after dinner

    Maybe this is old news, but I haven't had anything but warm cookies in a while. And the AA ice cream sundae in F that I had in 2002 as part of one of my first upgrades ever still lives in my mind as legendary... but that's another story. In any case, any improvement to domestic catering is more than welcome...

    By the way, is there a more appropriate food thread to post this in? I searched 'sundae' and came up with this.
     
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    We don't have a consolidated food topic at this time in the AA forum. Perhaps we can start one soon, or you could do us the honor?

    I'm not sure the sundae is new, I think it just depends on the routes you fly and what time of day you're flying. I've had it a few times myself in the last two years. Even had a strawberry cheesecake sundae out of DFW. I'll take the ice cream over the cookie anyday. Unless it's the coconut cookie. I adore that! :D
     
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    What ever happened to the oatmeal? With the ramekin of berries, the brown sugar, the (coffee) creamer? Is it seasonal? (Although I don't think there are seasons between SAN and DFW:)
     
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    Which an FA told me they call "salt and sugar runs."
     
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    I do like the custom ice cream sundaes!

    When flying international F, I bring along my own chamomile and peppermint tea bags to drink with the ice cream. Delicious!
     

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