British Airways ditches free meals on all its short haul flights.  Here’s a sample menu from their website – they’ve partnered with Marks and Spencer and will be serving food and refreshments in the Euro Traveller and UK Domestic cabins, to and from London Heathrow and Gatwick from January next year.  Replacing the complimentary food and drink service currently offered, you can pay using credit or debit card and if you’re an Executive Club Member, your Avios points.

Chuffed to see Percy Pigs have made it on, sad to say that my favourite G&T will set me back £6.00, sans nuts.

Don’t get too irate, an easyJet sandwich is £4.50 where’s an M&S will cost £3 and a bag of crisps on Ryanair costs £2.16, you’ll get a pack of hand-cooked crisps on BA for a pound.

British Airways Ditches Free Meals on Short Haul Flights
Picture, Courtesy of British Airways

M&S Sample Menu

Fresh food

Classic Fruit Salad £3.10
Yoghurt with Summer Berry Compote and Crunchy Granola – £1.95
Mature Cheddar Cheese Ploughman’s – £3.00
Aberdeen Angus Beef and Red Onion Chutney Bloomer – £4.75
Bacon Roll – £4.75
Mozzarella and Tomato Focaccia – £4.75
Spiced Chicken with Quinoa and Rice – £4.95

Savoury snacks

Oriental Snack Mix – £2.00
Hand Cooked Crisps – £1.00
Nut Assortment – £1.60
Wasabi Peas – £1.60

Something sweet

Percy Pig – £1.85
Gluten Free, Salted Caramel Hazelnut Millionaire Biscuit – £1.45
Chocolate Pretzels and Candy Popcorn – £2.45
Super Nut Fruit and Seed Flapjack – £1.45

Sample Drinks Menu

Hot drinks

Java Republic Coffee – £2.30
Twinings Tea – £2.30
Cadburys Hot Chocolate – £2.70

Cold drinks

Pip Organic Orange & Apple Juice (200ml) – £2.70
Vita Coco Coconut Water (330ml) – £2.70
Folkington’s Elderflower Presse (250ml) – £2.20
Appletiser (275ml) – £1.80
Harrogate Still or Sparkling Water (500ml) – £1.80
Coca-Cola or Diet Coke (330ml) – £1.80

Alcoholic drinks

Spirits (5cl mini bottles) – £4.50
Mixers (150ml mini bottles) – £1.50
Red or white wine (187ml) – £4.50
Prosecco Bottega Gold (200ml) – £6.00
London Pride (330ml) – £4.00
Becks Lager (330ml) – £4.00
Magners Original Cider (330ml) – £4.00

Catering on British Airways’ long-haul flights will remain unchanged with complimentary meals available to all.  In recent years the airline has increased the choice of meals on board, adding the option for customers to pre-pay for an enhanced meal in economy from £15, and to pre-order their complimentary meal in World Traveller Plus (premium economy), Club World (business class) and First to ensure they get their first choice.

Get your short-haul freebies while you can; British Airways ditches free meals from 11 January 2017.

Did you read my Club World Cabin review?