Effective 2 September 2009, United Airlines will
accept only credit and debit cards for most onboard purchases on
its trans-Atlantic flights and on flights to and from Brazil and
Argentina. From that date, cash will no longer be accepted onboard
these flights, except for duty-free purchases.
United introduced the popular EasyPurchase initiative worldwide in
March, and ceased accepting cash in April on flights within the
United States (including Hawaii) and on flights to and from
Canada, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean.
“Customers appreciate the simplicity and the speed with which
cashless transactions can be done onboard,” said Lynda Coffman,
managing director-Onboard Design and Strategy.
Customers on all United flights can use major credit cards,
including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Diners
Club, and debit cards bearing the Visa or MasterCard logos.
United said it will continue to accept cash in addition to
credit and debit cards on flights to and from Asia. Also, cash
will continue to be the accepted form of payment on United Express
Users of United Mileage Plus Visa cards
from Chase will earn 10 miles for every dollar spent on inflight
purchases. Travelers who apply and are approved for a Chase
Mileage Plus Visa card using the exclusive onboard application
will earn 30,000 Mileage Plus bonus miles and receive a $100
United discount travel certificate after their first purchase.
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