United Airlines, which began worldwide credit-card and
debit-card acceptance for inflight purchases in March, will become
fully cash-free on flights within North America – with the exception of
United Express flights – on April 20.
With EasyPurchase, customers may use major
credit cards including Visa, MasterCard, American Express,
Discover, and Diners Club, and debit cards bearing the Visa or
MasterCard logos for all onboard purchases.
On United Express flights, cash will continue to
be the accepted form of payment.
“In the two weeks since we began accepting
credit and debit cards for onboard purchases, flight attendant and
customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive,” said
Alexandria Marren, United’s senior vice president of onboard
service. “Customers enjoy the convenience of paying with plastic
and, by eliminating cash on our United-operated flights in North
America, we are able to simplify procedures for our flight
attendants as well.”
Users of United Mileage Plus Visa cards from
Chase earn 10 miles for every dollar spent on in-flight purchases.
Travelers who apply using an onboard application and are approved
for a Chase Mileage Plus Visa card will earn 30,000 Mileage Plus
bonus miles and receive $25 off their next United Airlines ticket,
after their first purchase.
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