I’m putting together all the little details for Camp Mom Asia and our flights out are on American Airlines. One nice feature of American Airlines First Class is the ability to pre-plan your meals. Taking a look at the menu I saw duck, filet, spring rolls, but nothing that I thought the Deal Kids would be excited to eat.* I figured I’d be able to just go to the special meals and pull up child meals, but none popped up.
Thinking it was just an oversight, I called American and was shocked to discover (along with the agent, who spent 15 minutes arguing with catering) that kids’ meals were no longer an option. At all. There’s kosher, halal, lactose and gluten intolerant, vegan, low fat, low carb, but no children’s options. Crazy.
Here’s where the AA agent deserves credit for creativity. She presented me with the following options, along with their codes for easy future reference:
- YOGT: Yogurt Parfait
- DMSM: Cheese Plate
The options are not for first class only- they are special menu items like all of the others. They don’t exist on the agent’s drop down menu, so you’ll have to call American and tell the agent to add them to your kid’s reservation flight segment by flight segment (IE “I want YOGT DCA to DFW, I want DMSM DFW to NRT”).
I’ll be sure to provide an update, but I’m reasonably confident that with the proteins covered, the kids will do fine with whatever snacks (and of course AA’s famous ice cream sundaes) the plane galley has handy.
What creative work-arounds have you come up with for the lack of kids’ meals on long flights? Or what great service have you had on foreign carriers- such as Cathay Pacific who easily offered kids’ meals as a drop-down item on our flights home? Please share in the comments.
*Feel free to yell at me for not making the kids go native, but c’mon- it’s a month in Asia we’re doing. I prefer to choose my battles.
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