The other day I flew from Newark to Fort Lauderdale in United First. As a Premier 1K member on a very leisure-heavy route, I figured it was a safe bet that I would get my meal choice, despite sitting in row 4 of 4. Turn out I was wrong – by the time they got to me, I was only asked if I wanted the salad, which was the only option left at that point.
It was slightly annoying to not have the choice, but to be honest, I may well have chosen the salad anyway (the burrito / wrap thing that almost everyone in rows 1-3 seemed to have chosen). I chalked it up to a crew not following the guidelines, and life moved on. The salad actually wasn’t half bad:
Out of curiosity, I decided to check the thread on FlyerTalk where I’d first heard about this policy being (re)instituted (a similar policy had been in place pre-merger on United, but not on Continental). This most recent post from user demosthenes1 suggests that a new memo recently came out, indicating that meals would only be prioritized for Global Services members going forward. I haven’t heard anything official from United on this subject, but it would be consistent with my experience from the other day.
Has anyone had experiences lately that would either confirm or refute this rumor? How would you feel about it if were indeed true?