The surprising downside of ordering a special meal on a plane

You could be missing out.

if you’ve ever travelled on a long plan flight you might have heard the advice to order a special dish rather than the standard airplane meal.

Arguments generally are that you will get served first, and can avoid the notoriously bad ‘airplane’ food given to most other passengers.

However a former flight attendant has revealed to Business Insider UK that ordering a special meal could mean missing out on a free upgrade to business class!

Nik Loukas, a former employee of Qantas and the man behind airplane food review site, InflightFeed, says people who order special meals are likely to miss out on upgrades and he would never order one.

‘If there’s a special meal request in your booking, the airline won’t even look at you for an upgrade.

‘Because you’ve got a dietary requirement, and they might not be able to cater for you if they upgrade you.’

However, Be reports that Qantas have quashed this rumour, telling Traveller website:  ‘The type of meal our customers order has no bearing on their ability to be upgraded.

‘If the upgrade is awarded, the special meal request will be provided in their new cabin.’

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