money burning Exact change is no longer appreciatedBuying anything on board domestic U.S. flights tends to involve an announcement of the mantra that flight attendants would appreciate exact change. With a few important exceptions, most American carriers stubbornly refuse to accept credit cards in flight.

Now, those exceptions that DO accept credit cards are increasingly going the other direction: Credit only, no cash.

ATA switched to all-credit for onboard purchases last year, and now Hawaiian Airlines is following suit.

American Airlines appears to be the most flexible: accepting both cash and credit at this point.

I prefer having the choice of cash and credit, but honestly, I’ll take credit over cash any day, if only for the receipt (and the miles…)

- American Airlines now accepts credit cards onboard

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6 Responses to “Exact change is no longer appreciated”

  1. Mike Maddaloni Says:

    AirTran only takes debit or credit… and I welcome it as it is better to track expenses, especially for business.

    Now if the airlines get smart and take it to the next level and offer other things for sale – similar to international flights – to offer additional revenue streams, but I digress. :)


  2. Mark Ashley Says:

    Agreed, re: the fact that you get a receipt when you use credit/debit is a major reason to favor cards.

    I’m not sure I look forward to an online bazaar in the sky, though. I understand why they might want to do it, from a revenue standpoint, but ughh…

  3. Oliver Says:

    Online bazaar in the sky? Wait til they put Home Shopping Network on those TV screens, instead of recycled TV shows. Instead of calling to order (the airphones will have been removed by then), fill out an order form and hand it to your friendly flight attendant.

  4. Tim Says:

    Oliver, this actually happens. (Well, maybe not the TV fixed on HSN) If you ever fly US Airways, they often pitch the SkyMall catalog and offer a “special discount” if you fill out the order form and hand it back to that friendly flight attendant. I always wonder if they’re getting a kickback.

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