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Airlines Save More Than Just Peanuts

Airlines Save More Than Just Peanuts

With the cost of gas going up again it is no wonder airlines have begun thinking of ways to save like charging passengers for checked luggage.  But one small perk we have become accustomed to that may now be a thing of the past is the free snack we get mid-flight.  

A recent report from USA Today talks about Continental airline’s recent announcement that they will no longer be serving a free snack to economy class passengers.  It may seem like a small thing, but by cutting out free snacks Continental will save a whopping $2.5 million per year.  Passengers flying in coach will still be offered a beverage, but will have to do without the small bag of pretzels.  The new policy is the same as the one United adopted before they bought out Continental last year.

In an internal email to employers Continental officials explained the move to remove free snacks from the on board experience, “As a cost savings initiative and to better align us with our competitors beverage snacks (pretzels and Biscoff) will be removed from the main cabin for all non BusinessFirst markets...”

As to whether taking away the free snack will affect the passenger’s loyalty to the airline; probably not.  Many passengers feel this will not deter them from purchasing an airline ticket and they will simply bring their own snack to enjoy mid-flight.  Some airlines that are currently still offering snacks are Delta, AirTran, Alaska Airlines, Frontier, JetBlue, and Southwest.  

Do you think cutting out the free snack is a good way for airlines to save money?

Would you still purchase tickets from an airline if they did not offer a free snack?

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  • blessedmama By blessedmama
    03.17.11  

    this article didn't mention American Airlines (I believe they maybe the only major airline, American based, that has not filed bankruptcy)...don't they still serve snacks? Yes, it would be a good way to save money. One concern, I see, about people bringing snacks on the airline, is those who are allergic to peanuts...could have issues IF someone else is eating them on the plane. Generally, when deciding which airline to fly, people go with whoever has the lowest ticket price.

  • mantrita By mantrita
    03.17.11  

    American Airline serves peanuts on the plane in first class...and they cant prevent what others bring on a plane

  • mantrita By mantrita
    03.17.11  

    i would rather they cancel snack and give me a cheaper ticket

  • kwilty611 By kwilty611
    03.17.11  

    It seems like they keep cutting back and charging for things like pillows, blankets, luggage etc. But I have never seen a reduction in ticket price to reflect a reduction in services or amenities

  • Iheartmakeup2011 By Iheartmakeup2011
    03.17.11  

    Kwilty611 your are right. The savings airlines are enjoying are not reflected in ticket prices. If they were we would not have to spend $15-50 to check bags that were free to check 5 years ago. #ripoff

  • MadHatter By MadHatter
    03.18.11  

    i always flew continental and loved them. now i am pretty disappointed...

  • amywa65 By amywa65
    03.18.11  

    So many airlines are filing for bankruptcy and merging because the price of the tickets doesn't even cover their fuel charges... that is also why they have added all those additional charges. I would rather the price reflect the actual costs and then get rid of the additional fees. I am 100% fine with them getting rid of the snacks on planes... I usually bring my own anyway.

  • Britnev By Britnev
    03.20.11  

    We recently flew with British Airways and they also withdrew the free snacks they used to provide with the drinks. Although this was very disappointing it would not deter me from purchasing a ticket for future flights if that was the only flight available. We are searching for alternative airlines for our next trip. There comes a point when one cut too many can be made.

  • eyermaer By eyermaer
    03.21.11  

    The reduction of snacks and amenities ARE reflected in ticket prices. Unfortunately, air travel prices are continuously going up. In order to keep tickets at a reasonable price, they are forced to make cuts. Like everyone else during this recession, cuts must be in managing a budget. Amywa65 is completely correct in stating that [in many cases] ticket sales do not even cover fuel. Unfortunately, there have recently been laws passed that put a fine on flight that are delayed over 3 hours [hence the uprise in canceled flights]. "Under new federal guidelines that take effect next month, airlines can be fined up to $27,500 per passenger if a plane is stuck on the tarmac for longer than three hours." -nbc.com

  • mnleona By mnleona
    04.01.11  

    Airline prices are getting higher. I remember when Delta took the lettuce, used mainly for decoration, off the plate and they saved tons of money.

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