What Is the Difference Between United Airlines First-Class and Economy Seating?

On domestic United Airlines flights, first-class seating is more expensive than economy seating, but includes more amenities such as larger seats and more legroom, complimentary alcohol and meals, additional in-flight entertainment options, and expedited check-in, security and boarding.

Customers on domestic flights may choose economy, economy plus or first-class seating. On international flights, customers may also choose business class. The least expensive seating, economy, provides the most basic amenities.

Economy class amenities on domestic flights include complimentary soft drinks, juices, tea and coffee. Alcoholic beverages are available for purchase, in addition to snacks and fresh meals on flights longer than two to three hours. In-flight entertainment consists of audio selections, movies and DirectTV. International flights amenities include complimentary blankets, pillows, drinks, meals and headsets. Passengers may upgrade to Economy Plus for additional legroom.

First-class amenities on domestic flights include expanded legroom, complimentary blankets, drinks (including alcohol), meals and hot towels. Complimentary in-flight entertainment consists of audio selections, movies and DirectTV. First-class passengers enjoy early access to check-in, security and boarding.

On international flights, passengers receive personalized amenity kits along with a duvet and pillows. Flat-bed seats fully recline to full beds. Meal services include a printed menu and customized dining experience complete with appetizer, salad, entrée and dessert. Select aircraft include on-demand programming, personal video players and USB ports for electronics. Passengers also enjoy access to the United Lounge at the airport.