Yesterday, I flew on a same day pure mileage run from Los Angeles to Washington Dulles International Airport and back to LAX Intl Airport (LAX-IAD-LAX). On my first LAX-IAD leg, I was incredibly lucky and scored an upgrade to First Class due to a no show. As I settled into my coach seat, the gate agent came onboard and pulled me up to the front.
I had a 30 minute layover in Dulles Airport before boarding the last and final IAD-LAX leg. I was number 1 on the upgrade list, but First Class was completely sold out. This was my first missed upgrade of the year and I settled into my exit row window seat. As an American Airlines Executive Platinum member, I am entitled to a complimentary snack and beverage while sitting in the main cabin. Last year I wrote about My Economy Class Experience as an American Airlines Executive Platinum and How I Ended Up in the Last Row of Economy Class as an Executive Platinum.
I haven’t sat in coach in a long time and didn’t realize there were new items on the March 2015 Marketplace Menu. Here’s the New American Airlines Marketplace Menu in the Economy Class Main Cabin. The menu read as follows:
A la Carte Snacks – On flights over 2 hours
Fruit & Nut Mix – $5.00
Hummus & Pita Chips – $4.00
Pringles Potato Chips – $4.00
Chex Mix – $3.49
M&M’s Almond Chocolate Candies
Snack Box – On flights over 2 hours
Snack Pack – $6.99 – Snack pack featuring Gilman white Cheddar cheese, crackers, Emerald almonds, Nature’s Bakery mini fig bar, Dolcetto chocolate cookies and Project 7 mints
Treat yourself and get 25% back on in-flight food and beverage purchases. Order any menu item, pay with an eligible Citi/AAdvantage card and your 25% savings will show as a statement credit 6-8 weeks after the transaction posts.
AAdvantage Executive Platinum, ConciergeKey, and Dividend Miles Chairman’s Preferred Members – Enjoy a complimentary snack and standard alcoholic beverage while traveling in the Main Cabin. Simply present your membership card or boarding pass.
Fresh Meals – On flights over 3 hours
Offered all day on flights that depart from 5am-8pm
Fruit and Cheese Plate – $8.79 – Fresh fruit served with almonds and walnuts, Brie, Cheddar and Muenster cheese. Served with gourmet crackers.
Offered on flights that depart from 5am-9:45am
Continental Breakfast – $4.99 – Plain bagel served with cream cheese, fruit preserve, a granola bar and a banana
Egg Salad Croissant – $6.99 – Egg salad, turkey bacon, Monterrey Jack cheese and lettuce on a croissant
Offered on flights that depart from 9:46am – 8pm
Asian Chicken Wrap – $9.99 – Sliced chicken, broccoli slaw, mixed greens in a mandarin orange wrap accompanied by oriental sesame dressing. Served with kettle chips.
Chicken Cobb Salad – $9.49 – Chicken breast, romaine lettuce, turkey bacon, corn, tomatoes, and blue cheese crumbles. Served with creamy Ranch dressing.
Here’s the beverage menu:
Wine, Beer, and Spirits
Wine 187ml – $7.00 – Please ask your flight attendant for today’s wine selection
Premium Wine 375ml – $15.99 – Hand selected by our wine consultant, Ken Chase. offered on Transcontinental, Hawaii, and select domestic flights over 3 hours.
St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc, Kendall Jackson Chardonnay, Cline Zinfandel, Parducci Merlot
Beer 12fl oz – $7.00 – Budweiser, Bud Light, Dos Equis, Heineken, Sam Adams
Spirits 50ml – $7.00 – BACARDI Rum, Baileys Irish Cream, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Canadian Club, Dewar’s White Label, Disaronno Amaretto, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Complimentary Beverages – Products may vary and may not be available on all flights.
Soft Drinks – Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper, Sierra Mist Natural, Diet Sierra Mist, Canada Dry Club Soda, Canada Dry Ginger Ale, Canada Dry Tonic Water
Coffee, Tea, Juice & Water – FreshBrew Coffeehouse Roast, FreshBrew Decaffeinated Coffeehouse Roast, Bigelow Tea, Milk, Bottled Water, Mott’s Tomato Juice, Mr. & Mrs T. Bloody Mary Mix, Minute Maid Apple Juice, Minute Maid Cranberry Apple, Minute Maid Orange Juice
I ordered my favorite drink, Cranberry Vodka with Lime. If a flight attendant responds with, “Is Cranapple okay?” that means she’s going to be taking care of you throughout the flight. I find that seasoned flight attendants who care about correcting you will sometimes offer you two bottles of Tito’s Handmade Vodka and check up on you throughout the flight offering you 2nds and 3rds. Some flight attendants will even offer you more than 1 snack and some will give you unlimited snacks without charge.
I also had the new Chicken Cobb Salad which was quite humungous in size. It came with three slices of chicken breast with a helping of lettuce, bacon, corn, tomatoes, and bleu cheese.
The Chicken Cobb Salad was outstanding and it beats most of the meals offered in First Class. I’m sad that American Airlines no longer offers Garrett’s popcorn as a buy on board item, but all good things come to an end. Sitting in coach isn’t too bad when you’re in an exit row aisle or window with the middle seat empty. It’s even better with free food and drink as an Executive Platinum elite on a plane with Gogo Wi-Fi Internet service. All of these elements make coach more enjoyable for an EXP member whether they redeemed miles for coach or just missed an upgrade to Business or First Class.
Have you tried out the new American Airlines Main Cabin menu items?