September 18, 2012 3:36 am
In fact, after comparing both supermarket and on-board snack prices, there is an average mark-up of 347 percent on food and drink in the air. This included popular items such as sweets, chocolate, baked goods, chips, soft drinks and alcohol.
With people already under pressure to remember all the important things before jetting off, such as tickets, boarding cards and passports, many can be tempted to loosen their purse strings and splurge on food and drink up in the air. However, this could be a pricey move, as travelers can pay anything up 1,471 percent more for a 500ml bottle of still water or 495 percent more for a tin of Pringles.
Here are a few top tips for saving money on airline food:
• It is always worth checking what your airline includes in your flight. Some airlines such as British Airways include free drinks and a small snack on short haul flights. On long haul flights, many airlines do include complimentary food, even if you still have to pay for some drinks. So before buying unnecessary food and drink at the airport, check to see what is included.
• Take your own food with you from home and save a fortune spending $50-75 plus for a family of four for sandwiches, drinks and a chocolate bar. You could even provide your own/buy at the airport for significantly less than buying up in the air.
• Remember you cannot take liquids over 100ml through security, so do not pack drinks from home or liquid foods such as yogurt.
• Take your own fruit with you - it's cheap and healthy and you will not find fresh fruit salad or vegetarian options on board.
• If you choose to have a meal on the plane, then save money by pre-ordering to ensure you actually get the meal you want.
• Look out for meal deals on board to save money.
• If you are going to eat/drink on the plane, but don't want to take food from home with you, then buy at the airport once you have cleared security, as it is cheaper than buying on the plane.
• Remember, passengers cannot buy alcohol in the airport for consumption on board an aircraft. You may only drink alcohol supplied (free or at a charge) by the cabin crew.
• Finally, you could always be sneaky and take your own cup and tea bags/coffee with you and ask for hot water, although there is no guarantee the airline staff will serve you.
Published with permission from RISMedia.