Anonymous Traveler Asks…

Travel News — By Zain Iqbal on October 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

A “discriminating, well-traveled lawyer” sent this article last week from Yahoo! Finance, a subject on which we also wrote about earlier today. United is now offering two specialty brunch options for Economy passengers on it’s p.s. (premium service) Boeing 757 flights that travel from New York’s JFK International Airport to San Francisco and Los Angeles. The question is, would you pay $24.99 for brunch on a transcontinental flight?

Our skeptical tipster (AND loyal United Airlines flyer) had this to say:

$25?? That could buy a GOOD brunch somewhere. Not one that you eat while jammed into an economy class seat. One also wonders at the quality of the “sparkling wine.” I am guessing it ain’t CRISTAL!

Not to mention a brunch isn’t really a brunch without bottomless mimosas or at the very least a well-stocked Bloody Mary bar. Still, you can’t have everything in the air, even if it is on a long-haul flight.

So, if offered, would you pay $25 for a premium brunch? Let us know in the comments!

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Tags: anonymous traveler, brunch, jfk, LAX, SFO, United p.s.

    5 Comments

  • Alexi Ueltzen says:

    Does the food come dipped in gold? Is it served to me by a shirtless model? Does it come with a free pair of shoes or something? No?

    Not interested.

  • Alex Resnik says:

    Well they do say that brunch is the most important meal of the da- oh wait… that’s breakfast.

    Well brunch comes right in between breakfast and din- no, no… that’s lunch.

    Hmm, an unnecessary meal in a cramped seat inside a hunk of metal hurtling through the sky at 30,000 feet? And not even enough booze to help me at least savor the decadent insanity of it all?

    Yeah I’d pay $25 for that like I’d pay $25 for a leash for my cat.

  • Sonja Holverson says:

    I certainly hope that no one (mistakenly) orders this because it will be the end of almost affordable choices for captive onboard diners. The first 2 or 3 flights offering this might even be edible but after that….

    I personally do not eat anything on this carrier if I can avoid it but since their connecting flights are always late from Europe and there’s no time to eat or to buy something to take onboard at Kennedy, it’s either pay them onboard for substances of questionable nutrition or starve my way across my own country.

  • Diana Ellis says:

    Airline food is sooo good, I guess that is why they expect you to PAY for it!
    $25 for a meal that is barely eatable, I think not. As a frequent flyer I have learned NOT to eat on airplanes, especially in steerage (opps I mean economy).
    The airlines should go back to giving you a free stale sandwich (as opposed to one you pay for) and cookies. That way you wouldn’t have a reason to complain, ’cause you get what you pay for.

  • Amy Widdowson says:

    When I was six, my favorite part of a plane ride towards a vacation was peeling back the foil to discover what magic lay within the pre-portioned mile high meal. My Mum thought I was nuts, but I couldn’t be swayed – I LOVED airline food.

    When I was six, I also thought I was going to be a cowgirl when I grew up. So there’s that.

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