Noticed something missing on Delta flights the past few weeks? New snack baskets are “enhanced” that is downgraded when meal served? What about C+?

René’s Points for Better Travel has partnered with CardRatings for our coverage of credit card products. René’s Points for Better Travel and CardRatings may receive a commission from card issuers. Opinions, reviews, analyses & recommendations are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, endorsed or approved by any of these entities. This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. For an explanation of our advertising policy, visit visit this page.

newish delta snack basket

There is no way this will not sound #FristWorldProblem-ish so I am embracing rather than dodging it in this post. You see, in Delta business class (they call it 1st class 🙁 ), they bring around a snack basket on most flights. Oh, don’t worry, soon in C+ you will get some kind of snack basket also but we have not been told just what it will contain.

the snack basket 1st class delta points blog

The basket you see on top is the newest one, and below the older one. Rather than the old wicker basket, that I am sure was somewhat hard to keep clean, now it has been replaced with a plastic one that can be cleaned (we hope). The new stuff is highlighted with yellow arrows. They are:

  • Beyond nummy caramels from They, even in bulk, would cost us 70 cents each. Take these home to your loved ones if you can, as TexasYankee says, have them somehow “drop” into your bag!
  • Next comes kind of a cracker that seems like a chocolate cookie. Not bad but rather on the sweet side if you ask me (you may have another opinion and feel free to share it)
  • Lastly some kind of nasty spicy trail mix that should be avoided at all costs (well I think the squirrel mix is just nasty but you tell me).
  • Bananas are hit and miss and sometimes perfect, sometimes WAY over ripe, sometimes under ripe (yeah I know it is a natural product).

So the first two, especially the salted chocolates, are truly good upgrades to the snack basket. However, I have discovered a disturbing trend flying around and somewhat confirmed by several FAs. You see, when a meal is served on a Delta flight, you DO NOT get these goodies but just what you see pointed out in RED (minus the bananas).

So you end up with a BASIC (just to using Delta vernacular here) basket with Biscoffs, pretzels and peanuts. Oh joy! BASIC coach fare in business 1st class (I bet you are beyond thrilled you clicked BUY NOW on the Fly Delta App and got this basket of goodies).

Seriously, is there anywhere Delta will not cut perks to save a dime? I also asked the mothership about just what kind of basket C+ could expect to get when OFCMB seats were announced and I was told something like the 1st class basket. Do they mean the ENHANCED one or the BASIC one? If the BASIC one, who the heck cares as it is not an improvement over the stuff we get now in economy comfort, err, C+!

I guess what I would love to know is what are you seeing readers? On meal flights, lunch or dinner, are you getting the better basket or the coach one? Also, what kind of treats will you expect to see in the C+ seats coming in less than two months now? – René

Gold-Platinum-Reserve Delta SkyMiles®
Credit Cards from American Express®
Click HERE for more info


Is it really wrong to bring “smelly” food on-board a Delta flight?

  In yesterday’s swag Saturday giveaway there were some fascinating reader comments about what is and what is not acceptable behavior on a Delta jet. Some of the responses really made me shudder and others I thought to myself maybe, maybe not. One of the things I think I really disagree with, and maybe because I do it myself, is bringing food on board a flight. Delta has very specific and published guidelines when a … Continue reading

Jose Cuervo Tequileria Detroit DTW Airport – Delta Points review

  On my last trip through Detroit I had some extra time and wanted to try out a new dinner spot. There really are a bunch of choices at DTW to grab a bite. I was in a Mexican mood and there are a few choices for that now as well. One of them is Jose Cuervo Tequileria conveniently located at one end of the A gates where the train stops. And I mean who … Continue reading

The never ending 90% off deal and 5% Freedom UR points NUMMY!

Back in the mid-80’s Falco came out with the catchy, but somewhat monotonous, track called “Rock Me Amadeus” as you can see below: There was a DJ in Louisville KY, where I lived at the time, who got so sick of the song that he decided to play it nonstop and just kept asking if, we listeners, wanted him to keep going and going. It was fun for a while but got old fast! Unlike … Continue reading

Do you care about Delta food when you fly?

Airline food is never going to be as good as anything the Food Network’s “Iron Chef’s” could make (love that show btw). But airlines, Delta included, see food as a way to differentiate themselves from the other airlines. A recent NBC video showed what lengths United is going to. Also, last month all the bloggers were talking about the news about how hard Delta Air Lines is working to make food taste good at altitude … Continue reading

Never ever leave Delta points on the table!

It is EZ to sign up for a credit card bonus deal. You get the card and then buy what ever you want with the card.  Not rocket science and not much to keep track of other than spend (X-$$$) inside of (X-months) = points. But there are a bunch of other deals that take just a little more time and entering of you data and then following up and the Delta points rewards can … Continue reading

Ski trip #2 report + ways to save big time with Priorty Club points and Chase Visa!

Us at DTW “prancing fluids” As you can see from yesterday’s post my wife and I have made it home to SBN. We had a blast and the skiing was so much better than our last trip out to SLC. Last time some of the ski runs needed a mower not a snow groomer. This time all was white! I used 25k Delta seats for me wife and I and used pay with points for … Continue reading

Florida trip #2 for 2012 to get out of the cold with my dear bride 3 days on the beach just $100

My dear wife was nice enough to let me and the boys go play for a few days in Florida and for me to see my dad. Well it was her turn to warm up before our next ski trip. A while back SW Air had a sale fare for DTW-FLL and Delta matched them and I had some $100 vouchers to burn. The little left over I put on my Capital One card to … Continue reading

MQM rollover has happened across medallion levels – check your account

Just a short post today as I am returning from my Florida golf trip and will have much to post in the coming week with information and giveaways you will not want to miss. Also, there seems to have been another server issue at BoardingArea as the Friday post was re-posted again on Saturday and the Saturday post was posted with Fridays date. So, if you missed Saturday, go back a day and you will … Continue reading

DEATH! Taxes! & Delta Skymiles!…. and Sony Noise Canceling Headphones?

  No one ever wants to think or talk about death. Maybe that is why most do not have a “Will”. Do you have one? I have had one since my early 20’s. I do not update it as much as I should but I have one. Today I have updated my Will with some important information. I have given instructions to my executor to log into my Award Wallet account. I have included my … Continue reading

Today you have only 364 days to reach SM, GM, PM or DM status!

From this very second onward, everything you do counts toward your status that will last until FEBRUARY of 2014! Just crazy when you think about it. Also think about this, if you get the personal  DELTA AMEX Reserve card, you get 10,000 MQM’s with your first dollar spent. If you get two of them, one personal and one business card, you will only need to fly 5000 “butt in seat” miles to have Silver status … Continue reading

Learn how to get the MOST out of + Bluetooth Headset giveaway!

It is a ton of fun building a blog from scratch. Much of the changes have been thanks to you my readers. I have seen this at the “DO’s” and I see it clearly here running the blog (what the heck does DO mean? – simply a get-together of frequent flyers). So if you are new to the blog let me show you around. If you are not new, are you using this site to … Continue reading

Ski Salt Lake Utah 2011 – time to slide but where is the snow?

I was in need of a mileage run to end the year, but having fun with my dear bride in Utah was better than just flying by myself somewhere and back! We originally booked the trip with vouchers from IND-SLC round trip and all but $120 was covered so I used Capital One points to pay that part. Then my favorite friend, the schedule change, came a-callin’ and I was able have the flights changed … Continue reading

Q&A why the deal is so good right now – 1 more day only!

There has been some reader confusion about this deal and how it works. So let me show the math! Right now most $25 certs cost $10 pre discount. After 90% off code they are $1.00. After eBates 30% off they each cost just 70 cents. Clear? You must spend $25 ( not one cert but REAL $25) to get the $5.00 bonus back from eBates. So, if you buy: 25x$1=$25 cost in certs. $25×25=$625.00 in … Continue reading

Top Travel Tips part 2 – Readers “Top Ten” Travel Tips – Thanks so much Everyone!

Last Friday I put up my top ten list of travel tips and asked for some of your ideas. I love you guys and thanks for a bunch of very good ones. I have even added a “TOP TIPS” tab to the blog and will add to this list each time we run one of these. So if you do not see your favorite travel tip there or here, please add a comment and I … Continue reading