Effective February 1, American Airlines, a founding member of the global oneworld Alliance, will be cashless onboard all flights. American will accept Citi/AAdvantage MasterCard, as well as other major credit and debit cards, for purchases made inflight. Cash will not be accepted.
“The implementation of cashless cabins on select flights last summer has simplified the inflight transaction process for both customers and flight attendants,” said Lauri Curtis, American’s vice president – onboard service. “For this reason, we look forward to going cashless onboard all American Airlines flights on February 1.”
AA said that in an effort to streamline the inflight sales process, American first implemented cashless cabins on flights within the continental U.S., as well as flights to and from Hawaii, Alaska, and Canada in June 2009.
Flight attendants utilize a hand-held Onboard Sales Recorder, devices American has used since May 2006, to charge credit and debit cards, eliminating the need to search for small bills or change. Receipts are provided to passengers upon request.
American Eagle and AmericanConnection flights will continue to accept only cash for onboard purchases.