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Special meals and nut allergies

Special meals and dietary requests

We offer special meals to meet specific dietary, medical and religious needs. To ensure your choice is available, request your special meal at least 24 hours before your flight.

Availability of special meals:

First and Business Class on nonstop round-trip flights between:

  • New York Kennedy (JFK) - Los Angeles (LAX)

  • New York Kennedy (JFK) - San Francisco (SFO)

  • Miami (MIA) - Los Angeles (LAX)

All classes to/from Europe and Asia.

All classes to/from Australia, Belo Horizonte, Brasilia, Porto Alegre (Kosher meal restrictions apply), Recife, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile, and Montevideo, Uruguay.

How to request your special meal:

  • Make sure your flight has scheduled meal service

  • Determine which specialty meal meets your needs, then call to order

  • When you arrive at the airport, advise the gate agent and flight attendants that you ordered a special meal

Call 800-433-7300 if you booked through American Airlines or contact your travel agent if you booked with an agency.

Special meal options

Special meals are available on select flights with scheduled, complimentary meal service. Similar to scheduled meal service, they are based on departure time, destination and flight length. Menus vary monthly to ensure fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Special Meals

Meals for medical needs are approved and monitored by a Registered Dietician. Nutritional requirements are based on the entire meal.

Type Meal description
Diabetic Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests.
Gluten-free This meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats.
Kosher Orthodox meals approved by the Jewish Orthodox Union. Kosher meals are adapted during Passover. Note: On flights from Porto Alegre, Brazil, Kosher meals must be ordered 48 hours in advance.
Muslim No pork, lard or alcohol is used in meal preparation.
Vegetarian / Vegan Breads, cereals, fruits, vegetables, nuts, soymilk and tofu

Nut allergy?

American recognizes that some passengers are allergic to peanut and other tree nuts. Although we do not serve peanuts, we do serve other nut products (such as warmed nuts) and there may be trace elements of unspecified nut ingredient, including peanut oils, in meals and snacks. Requests that we not serve any particular foods, including tree nuts, on our flights cannot be granted. We are not able to provide nut "buffer zones," nor are we able to allow passengers to pre-board to wipe down seats and tray tables. Our planes are cleaned regularly, but these cleanings are not designed to ensure the removal of nut allergens, nor are our air filtration systems designed to remove nut allergens. Additionally, other customers may choose to bring peanuts or other tree nuts on board. Therefore, we are unable to guarantee that customers will not be exposed to peanuts or other tree nuts during flight, and we strongly encourage customers to take all necessary medical precautions to prepare for the possibility of exposure.

EU Allergen

Allergen information is also available onboard flights departing EU countries.