Pack Your Own Food If You Plan to Fly on These Airlines
That in-flight sandwich will cost you.
Not all airplane charges are created equal.
In an airspace where it’s growing increasingly popular to charge customers for “add-ons” like food and baggage, each airline has a different idea of what exactly to charge.
And although some may think “a sandwich is just a sandwich,” according to data from British booking site Cheapflights, the prices that European carriers charge onboard for food can vary.
According to Cheapflights, the most expensive airline for hungry passengers is Icelandair. Although passengers may end up saving money by booking a cheap flight with the airline, they will pay the most for sandwiches, chips, wine, and beer of any European carrier.
Icelandair passengers can expect to pay about $17.60 for a meal onboard, which includes a sandwich ($7.26), chips, a glass of wine, and a hot drink. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the small carrier Eurowings is the cheapest for buying a meal. Passenger will pay about $14.40 for an average meal.
Passengers flying throughout Europe may want to bear one thing in mind: According to Cheapflights, the price for a beer aboard some German carriers is the same as the price of water.
But there are still some European airlines that have maintained free food service onboard flights. Swiss Air, Australian Airlines, Alitalia, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, and TAP Portugal all offer free meal service.
Meanwhile in the U.S, Delta announced last month that it would bring back complimentary meals, rolling them out on select transcontinental routes. Previously, Hawaiian Airlines was the only American airline to continue offering free meals.
JetBlue offers free snacks and beverages, although the airline charges up to $12 for additional food on longer flights. United and American airlines both offer free snacks, but will charge about $10 for a sandwich. Southwest does not serve meals onboard, although the airline does offer a free snack service.