United Airlines goes cash free on Brazil and Argentina flights


Beginning September 2, United Airlines will accept only credit and debit cards for most onboard purchases on flights to and from Brazil and Argentina, as well as trans-Atlantic flights. To speed cabin service, provide receipts, and increase efficiency, 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.

Feedback provided by thousands of customers in online surveys demonstrated wide acceptance for a cash-free environment. “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 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 flights.