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American Airlines has recently added the option to reserve your entree in advance when flying in business or first class from a select, but expanding, number of cities.

This is a cool improvement that should ensure you’re never without your first choice entree. (If this service is not available, remember the acronym FEBO. American caters from the Front on Even numbered flights and the Back on Odd. So you can choose your seat to maximize choices.)

Between 30 days and 24 hours before departure, you can reserve your entree. I have an upcoming free oneway in American first from Los Angeles to Dallas to Tampa, so I decided to pre-order my meal.

First, get to your reservations online. Since has recently gotten a facelift, the path is not how you remember. Click the Travel Information tab and My Trips.

From your hopefully long list of upcoming trips, select the one for which you want to choose your meal. Under the flights, you should see this box.

Click Choose Before You Fly. LAX to Dallas has the service available, but not Dallas to Tampa, so I only had one entree to select. (I selected the appropriate FEBO seat on Dallas to Tampa.)

My flight had two choices, only one of which I recognized as a word.

After looking up strata, I chose the oatmeal.

With my food selected, I tried to select food for my upcoming trip to Buenos Aires, which is less than 30 days away, but I am not being given the option yet even though it also includes an LAX to Dallas leg. I guess AA has a few kinks to work out.

New features like this are a positive step forward, and I hope all airlines match.