United Airlines Joins the Cool 'Cashless Cabin' Crowd
It looks like the only cash you'll need when heading to the airport these days is for the taxi cab there and back. And maybe a couple of bucks for one of those SmarteCartes.
United Airlines has joined the ever-increasing group of airlines who have "cashless cabins," meaning only credit cards will be accepted for on-board purchases. For folks flying United, the cashless cabin begins on March 23 for all domestic flights and flights to Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
United said it would take both cash and credit on flights around the rest of the world. The airline will continue to be cash-only on its United Express regional flights.
American Airlines and Southwest have also begun implementing cashless cabins this year. And Virgin America takes credit cards for pretty much everything via their RED in-flight entertainment system. More airlines with plastic-only policies are Alaskan, Frontier, JetBlue and Midwest.
We're ok with the cashless cabin trend, we guess. It's just seems funny that as airplanes begin to nickel and dime you for things that used to be included in the price of your flight (cough, pillows, cough), that only one method of payment accepted. What do you think?
· Cashless Cabins [Jaunted]
· United Airlines will accept credit cards onboard [AP]