Special meals and nut allergies
Special meals to meet specific dietary, medical and religious needs are available on select flights. To make sure we can accommodate your needs, request your meal at least 24 hours before takeoff.
Availability by ticket type
First and Business
Special meals are available in First or Business on most flights with meal service in the U.S.
Special meals are available in all classes on flights to / from:
- New Zealand
- Belo Horizonte, Brazil (CNF)
- Brasilia, Brazil (BSB)
- Buenos Aires, Argentina (EZE)
- Montevideo, Uruguay (MVD)
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (GIG)
- Santiago, Chile (SCL)
- Sao Paulo, Brazil (GRU)
At least 24 hours before departure
- Make sure your flight offers special meals
- Choose your meal
- Order on aa.com or call Reservations
At the airport
Let the gate agent and flight attendant know you ordered a special meal.
Meals for medical needs are approved and monitored by a registered dietician. Nutritional requirements are based on the entire meal.
|Asian vegetarian*||Spicy vegetarian meals with limited use of dairy products|
|Baby||Selection of commercial baby food for children 2 and younger. Attached to the parent/guardian PNR.|
|Bland||Simple cooking methods used specifically for passengers with digestive sensitivities|
|Child's||Foods that appeal to kids age 2-5; available to everyone|
|Diabetic*||Suitable for reduced sugar, hyperglycemic, hypoglycemic and carbohydrate controlled meal requests|
|Gluten-intolerant*||This meal eliminates all foods prepared with wheat, rye, barley and oats|
|Hindu*||Prepared according to Hindu dietary practices and may include dairy, curries and spicy flavors|
|Kosher* **||Prepared to comply with Jewish dietary laws|
|Lacto-ovo vegetarian||Vegetarian meal that may include eggs and dairy products|
|Low fat||High fiber, low fat meal|
|Low sodium||No added salt, MSG or baking powder/soda|
|Muslim*||Does not contain pork, by-products of pork or ingredients containing alcohol|
|Non-lactose||Does not contain cheese, dairy products and their derivatives, lactose or milk products|
|Vegetarian / Vegan*||Does not contain meat, fish, fowl, eggs, dairy products or derivatives|
*Available on most domestic flights when a full First Class meal is provided.
**If you’re traveling from Brazil, Kosher meals are only available from Rio de Janeiro (GIG) and Sao Paulo (GRU).
Although we don’t 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. Additionally, other customers can bring peanuts or other tree nuts on board.
We can’t accommodate requests to not serve certain foods, provide nut “buffer zones,” or allow you to board early to clean your area. Our planes are cleaned regularly, but can’t guarantee the removal of nut allergens on surfaces or in the air filters. Because of this, can’t guarantee you won’t be exposed to peanuts or other tree nuts during flight, and we strongly encourage those with allergies to take all necessary medical precautions before flying.
Allergen information is also available onboard flights departing EU countries.