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Yesterday we talked about Qantas' comfy new black leather business-class seats, but the real champion of the overhauled airplane is the in-flight entertainment system. We have mentioned Q Streaming before and we're excited to get our hands on the technology.
Not for lack of trying, we have been on a few planes with the hopes of discovering an Apple iPad in the seat-back pocket all to be disappointed. As soon as we turned the corner to board the plane and saw the product logo right next to the door, admittedly, our heart skipped a beat. We can finally catch up on a few episodes of Modern Family directly streamed to the device over a WiFi network.
You might still be able to pay your checked bag fee in cash when you check in at the airport with most airlines, but put those dead Presidents away once you step onboard, now that US Airways is the latest addition to the airlines that accept only credit cards for in-flight purchasesotherwise called "cashless cabins."
Currently, cashless cabins can be found on the majority of domestic airlines: AirTran, Alaskan, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, Midwest, Southwest, United, and Virgin America. Some of these have also nixed accepting cash on international flights as well, but that's a slower process. US Airways, for example, will continue accepting both cash and credit on their international flights, but only credit on domestic flights beginning from April 2.
As a sidenote, US Airways Express flights remain only cash; those poor flight attendants, who not only have to work inside of smaller planes but also make change. One day perhaps, all airlines will stop the confusion and just go plastic.
· US Airways to Institute Cashless Cabins on mainline flights [Today in the Sky]
· American is Going Cashless on Domestic and Foreign Flights [Jaunted]
· Cashless Cabin news [Jaunted]
Earlier this morning, American Airlines announced that they're going to start charging $8 per blanket on any domestic flight over two hours. Ditto for any flight to Hawaii, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. On domestic flights lasting two hours or less, blankets will be totally eliminated. Under the new policy passengers on those flights will be warmed by sunbeams, glitter, and the glowing thoughts of puppy kisses. Awww, puppy kisses!
Actually we kind of appreciate this change. It was only a matter of time before the very idea of mere comfort became just another opaque airline fee. In the past that's only been an implicit part of civilian aviation. The conceit has always been that coach provides a basic and decent level of comfort, and that higher booking classes are extra luxury. Now that we're tacking on $8 fees for rolls of lint that do little except provide opportunities for gross in-flight behaviorwell, at least they're being honest.
That in-flight snack box on American Airlines is pretty tempting, but if you want it to be yours you better have a credit card. American Airlines has joined the cashless cabin club as of February 1, and they’ll only be accepting plastic money for in-flight purchases. It’s credit cards only on all domestic and international flights—so no getting rid of your foreign currency on the way home.
Flight attendants will be eager to swipe any major credit cards for purchases, because now they don’t have to deal with finding change for your $20. For foreign travelers, all purchases will be converted into US currency, so we guess the currency exchange rate will be left up to the credit card gods—let’s just hope they’re having a good day.
It looks like we're going to go through the same thing with cashless cabins that we went through with in-flight wifi. First there's the trickle of LCC innovators, then the major airlines follow, then at the end we start writing our stories with lines like "Airline X finally caught up to everyone else..." The LCC innovation period probably ended when Southwest went cashless. Then over the summer United and American switched over, pushing us toward the end of the second stage.
Any day now we're going to have to switch over from congratulating airlines on going plastic-only to mocking them for not doing it earlier. Congratulations are therefore hereby extended to Continental Airlines for getting in just under the wire. Good job guys:
Cashless cabins; they're the popular thing with airlines these days, aside from in-flight WiFi of course. Southwest stopped accepting your Abraham Lincolns for drinks a while ago, and although United and American just jumped on the bandwagon several months ago, we'd have thought that Delta would follow suit faster.
Alack and alas, Delta has just announced that beginning December 1, you'll have to pay by credit card onboard for beverages and more on flights "traveling within North America, including the United States, Canada, Mexico, Central America, Bermuda and the Caribbean." And since they own Northwest now, that goes for NWA flights as well.
So save your greenbacks for drinks at the airport bar, and break out the gold card for Mile High mojitos...where? You guessed it...a mile high.
[Delta flight 78 photo: Jaunted]
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.