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Sunwing Airlines - end of free meals


#1

Just booked my winter getaway and have been advised by my travel agent that as of October 2016, Sunwing will no longer provide free “meals”. They are going to the “buy on board” service.

Not that they really served a meal anyway, but heads up to pack a snack!


#2

thanks. Not that the meals were much


#3

Who needs a meal on a 3 hour flight? People need to start bringing 12" Subway sandwiches in their carry-ons to pi$$ off the fools who spend $8 on a cardboard pizza.


#4

In my opinion I think that going on vacation from Canada or USA to sunny destination we have many options to eat at airport so meal in the airplane during short flight is not so important. Problem is that many times returning home we get kicked our from hotel too soon and we have to wait long time on the airport. In some countries food is not the best or they do not have any on the airport to sell so travelers might be hungry … at least they will be able to buy food on airplane. I hope they lower air ticket prices too as they will not serve food :slight_smile:


#5

They’ll soon put a stop to eating “unauthorized food” on the aircraft. Bet on it!


#6

While most people can survive without what they pass off as food, there are some who have dietary needs (I.e. Diabetics) that will need to plan ahead now.

For example we fly at 5PM this year and by the time we get on the plane at 4:30, fly, arrive, clear customs and get to the resort, it’ll be around 11PM. Whatever they had at lunch won’t hold them till arrival.

I did look at Sunwings “buy on board” menu and it’s the same junky sandwiches as they serve now for free, but instead they charge about $7 for them.

I’ll be having a late lunch at one of the airport restaurants and will ensure any potential snacks are bought. :slight_smile:


#7

That is true and many times if you arrive late food at hotels (if they saved some from dinner) is left over that others didn’t want to eat.


#8

I absolutely refuse to pay the exorbitant airport food prices !! We always pack bagels and cream cheese, cookies, fruit, a couple of chocolate bars, and some cheese and crackers… Although the flight itself is short, by the time you factor in the journey from home ( short in our case, but not so for many) a three hour wait at the airport, and another hour or two ( or more, depending on where you are going) at the other end, that is quite a long time , especially if you have kids !! Much more economical to pack a good ‘‘picnic lunch’’, to enjoy whenever you feel a bit “munchy” !!

Barb


#9

On the way to Cuba, we always take sandwiches and snacks for the airports and plane. Never know if a delay leaves you hungry.
This year I forgot the sandwiches in the fridge so our catsitter’s family got our snack and we got airplane food.


#10

A three and a half hour flight doesn’t sound like much but for us it’s a hour and a half drive to Toronto, time for parking,and with the traffic coming from Niagara I always plan to arrive a full three hours before the flight leaves. Add three and a half hours of flight time and up to 2 hours to just get to the hotel and that easily adds up to over 10 hours! My wife is diabetic. We used to get away with a few snacks and the in-flight meal but we’ll be packing a picnic basket in the future.


#11

Well it’s a 6 hour flight from Vancouver . I like the Bestro sanys they give out free . It breaks up the flight and the sandwiches taste good . Warm Montreal smoked beef in a pretzel bun or Turkey and cheese in a Cal cranberry Bun and cookies with wine or pop .
I can’t seem to find anything saying this on Google .
Hope your travel agent is mistaken .

Johnny C


#12

Doesn’t look like the travel agent is mistaken.
See http://www.sunwing.ca/sunwing-airlines-services.asp

edit: at least the first checked bag is still free, but you sure don’t want it to exceed 23 kg …


#13

I agree with Barb. Prices at Pearson are ridiculous. So we do what she does; make two kaiser sandwiches with ham, cheese, tomatoes; bring 2 packs of crackers and sliced cheese; and 2 pudding packs. I also a small bit of sliced onion for my sandwich only. But we have been flying with Cubana for the last 5 or 6 trip and they do provide the same ham and cheese sandwich handout on the plane; but their alcoholic beverage prices can’t be beat. No $7 or $8 beer and what they serve is Crystal at 2 for $5 and you can barter with the attendant!! And get a great conversation with the crew at the same time. Yes, it is a bare bones flight with no entertainment, but I have to say we were delayed at the Santiago airport for about 12 hours on departure and we were provided 2 meals each.

We do our best to avoid Sunwing.


#14

If you read the fine print . Domestic and US flights have a meal menu .
Fights to the the islands have Bestro included .
The Travel Agent is wrong .
I alway travel Sunwing and love it .

Johnny C


#15

. For new bookings with travel from January 05, 2016 onwards, the inflight service on domestic and US routes will now comprise of a buy on board menu with a selection of meal, snack and beverage options.""

Johnny C


#16

The backend booking system that all travel agents connect to has a “mandatory information” notice that as of October 5, 2016 Sunwing is pleased to announce that their new buy on board service will be available on ALL flights.

So unless Signature Vacations and Sunwing Vacations have entered incorrect info in their systems, then my travel agent isn’t wrong. And just to be sure she called Sunwing and this was confirmed.


#17

Time will tell .
You pay extra for yours and I will take mine for free with the price of my elite plus ticket .
No problem .

Johnny C


#18

Are you sure? All I see for elite is …
Extra leg room (35 inch seat pitch)
Complimentary Advance Seat Selection
Priority check-in
Priority boarding
Increased checked baggage allowance up to 30kg
Free headset


#19

http://www.sunwing.ca/etix/elite-plus-service.asp


#20

Excellent.
Their website is somewhat confusing. Some spots it says the Bistro meal is included in the Champagne Service and other spots say it’s optional. I think they are in the middle of a change and they will stop serving it like the original poster says. Too bad. It was one of the good things they had going for them.