United Airlines makes it an EasyPurchase
3 September 2009
United Airlines is making the search for exact change a thing of the past. With United's new EasyPurchase, customers will be able to use credit and debit cards for onboard purchases beginning March 23.
After a brief transition period through the spring break season, United will phase out cash and only accept credit and debit cards on flights within the United States (including Hawaii ) and on flights to and from Canada , Mexico , Central America and the Caribbean .
United will continue to accept cash in addition to credit and debit cards on flights to and from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and South America.
On United Express flights, cash will continue to be the accepted form of payment.
"Our customers have responded very positively over the past year as we tested credit and debit card purchases on many flights including trans-continental routes," says Alex Marren, senior vice president - Onboard Service. "Whether customers want to enjoy an in-flight cocktail or a popular snackbox, our customers' purchases will soon be just a quick swipe away."
With EasyPurchase, customers will be able to use major credit cards, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and Diners Club, and debit cards bearing the Visa or MasterCard logos.
In addition, users of United Mileage Plus Visa cards from Chase will earn 10 miles for every dollar spent on in-flight 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 $25 off their next United Airlines ticket, after their first purchase.