Alaska Airlines Upgrades Their Meal Service

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The days of complimentary airline meals are long gone. Lately, you’re lucky to get a bag of pretzels on a cross-country flight.

With more and more passengers packing their own meals from home (and who doesn’t love a seatmate with a tuna sandwich? Bleh!), airlines have decided to step it up to maximize on profits.

Alaska Airlines sent an email this morning announcing their “enhanced” in-cabin meal service.  For those flying Coach on Alaska, not only are there a few new Picnic Packs (you know, the salami / cheese / cracker boxes that are ridiculously overpriced), but also an upgraded selection of “Northern Bites.”

So long airline peanuts...

Northern Bites are available on select flights over 2.5 – 3.5 hours. For East / Southbound flights, this means you can now order a Country Skillet (a bowl of scrambled eggs, mushrooms, swiss cheese and ham served atop breakfast potatoes) on morning flights or an Angus Burger with Tim’s potato chips in the afternoon. Or, for those North and Westbound flyers, an Egg & Sausage Biscuit or Grilled Chicken Ciabatta.

Horizon is now even offering Picnic Packs for longer flights – a nice addition for those who fly the fleet’s smaller planes on longish hauls (like to Southern California).

I’m not sure if this is incentive for me to stop packing my own “Picnic Pack” (I always fly with some dried fruit, almonds and a protein bar), but I do think it’s a nice touch – especially on longer flights. I’m not really sure a bag of peanuts cuts it for a coast to coast journey.

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