Consult this list to find out which airlines make gluten-free meals available—and how much advance notice is required with each airline.
Registered Dietitian-approved, gluten-free meals are available on flights to or from Europe, Asia, and select South American countries. They are available on transcontinental U.S. flights to First and Business Class passengers only.
Requests for special meals must be made at least 24 hours prior to your flight.
Gluten-free meals are only available on transatlantic flights to Envoy and Economy Class passengers. Any special meals must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance of your flight.
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Gluten-free meals are available in all classes of service on all flights where a meal is served. Special requests must be made at least 18 hours in advance of the first flight in your itinerary.
To request a gluten-free meal at the time of online booking, open the Who Is Traveling page and select the meal you require from the Meal Preferences dropdown menu. If you have already completed your online booking, contact the airline at the phone number listed above.
JetBlue does not offer specifically prepared gluten-free snacks or refreshments during flights. However, there are several in-flight, complimentary snacks to choose from, some of which (depending on availability) can be gluten-free.
Gluten-free meals are available upon special request on all trans-Atlantic, trans-Pacific, intra-Asia, and Micronesia flights, as well as on flights to Argentina and Brazil. Premium cabin passengers may also request special meals on some domestic flights.
You must request a special meal at least 24 hours prior to your flight. You can submit your request online if you sign into your MileagePlus account, or you can call the phone number above.
Gluten-free items are available on flights including meal service. You must request special meals at least 12 hours prior to your flight. Requests can be made by phone when making reservations or by calling the phone number listed above.
Southwest does not serve full meals or take special, gluten-free food requests. They do, however, serve in-flight snacks – some of which might be gluten-free depending on availability.
Special, gluten-free meal orders can be placed for flights longer than 2 hours and 35 minutes. Requests can be made when booking your flight or at least 48 hours before your departure (24 hours for a child’s menu). Meal requests can also be made in the “Manage Your Reservations” area of the Air France website.
British Airways does not guarantee that any meals are free of any trace allergens, including gluten. However, certain customers can request gluten-free meals. Check the link above to see if that applies to you. If you do make a special meal request, it can be done online through “Manage My Booking”.
A minimum of 24 hours notice is required for all special meal requests. If you are travelling on standby or are on a waitlist, you will not be able to request a special meal.
Swiss Air offers free special meals, including gluten free meals, on all their intercontinental flights. You can request your special gluten free meal during your booking online (Step 4, Options). The airline requires at least 24 hours notice before departure if you require one of their 18 special menus. You can also contact them via their Service Center.
Swiss Air recently became the world's first certified "allergy minded" airline, earning a quality seal of approval from the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF). Their galleys are stocked with various lactose-free and gluten-free products. Visit their website for more details.
Complimentary meals or snacks are offered on every Trans-Pacific, South Pacific, and Asia flight with the exception of redeye flights. However, they are not able to honor special requests for gluten free meals at this time. Fortunately, in March 2015, Hawaiian Airlines did introduce new snacks, available for a small price on their flights. Gluten Free Snack Boxes are available for purchase on their North American, Australian, and New Zealand flights for $7. Each box includes Wild Garden Traditional Hummus Dip, Crunchmaster Multi-Seed Crackers, Turkey Snack Stick, The Good Bean Roasted Chickpeas, Welch’s Fruit Snacks and a Wow Chocolate Chip Cookie. Both Gluten Free Salsa and Tortilla Chips as well as Gluten Free Wild Garden Traditional Hummus are each available for $4.
Flyers on Qantas are able to request special meals in line with their dietary needs. In addition to a special meal for “Gluten Intolerance,” they have various versions of vegetarian meals available…and also vegan, kosher, halal, diabetic, and infant and child meals. Special meals must be requested at least 24 hours before departure, except for Kosher meals, which require at least 36 hours advance notice. Special meals are not available in Domestic Economy. You may note your special meal request when booking with an agent or go to the Manage Your Booking page of the site and choose Passengers and then Edit.