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Frontier Goes Cashless  
User currently offlineGARUDAROD From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1518 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 2142 times:

Just returned from a flight on Frontier LAS-DEN-IAH and found something that I think has been discussed, but may not be widely known. All Frontier flights are now strictly debit card/
credit card only NO CASH. This means if you want a snack, Live TV or anything other than soda and water, you must bring a credit card with you. NO CASH ACCEPTED!!!


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User currently offlineAWACSooner From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 1934 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2106 times:

Cool with me...as I rarely ever carry cash nowadays.

User currently offlineAzstar From United States of America, joined May 2005, 623 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2071 times:

I think they started that about six months ago.

User currently offlineEnilria From Canada, joined Feb 2008, 7374 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 2002 times:



Quoting Azstar (Reply 2):
I think they started that about six months ago.

This is a dupe thread. This even predates Ch11.


User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3770 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1975 times:

While we're at it, here's a list of which US airlines are cashless, cash/plastic, and cash only:

AA: Cash and plastic accepted (except on Eagle/AA Connection flights).
UA: Cash only. IIRC, no plans to change... typical UA.
DL: Cash and plastic accepted. Double miles for DL SkyMiles AmEx purchases, too.
NW: Cash only. But, then again, they'll be part of DL soon, so don't be surprised if you see a plastic option shortly after the merger.
CO: Cash only. But, then again, the only thing that CO offers for sale is alcoholic beverages... CO doesn't charge for much else.
US: Currently cash only, but credit card readers will be installed "soon". (Good idea with that $2 soft drink fee.)
B6: Cashless.
F9: Cashless.
FL: Cashless.
AS: Cashless.
VX: Cashless.



"Did he really need the triple bypass? Or was it the miles?"
User currently offlineScottB From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 6793 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1906 times:



Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 4):
CO: Cash only. But, then again, the only thing that CO offers for sale is alcoholic beverages... CO doesn't charge for much else.

You can purchase vouchers ("Continental Currency") with a credit card at the kiosk when checking in; I think there's a bit of a discount for doing that.


User currently offlineAirplaneBoy From United States of America, joined May 2004, 566 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Frontier Airlines flights became "cashless" in April 2007. All major debit/credit cards are accepted for onboard purchases.

Cheers

[Edited 2008-08-07 13:33:25]

User currently offlinePanAm330 From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 2687 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1896 times:



Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 4):
UA: Cash only. IIRC, no plans to change... typical UA.

Why the negative attitude and no negative responses to the cash-only with other airlines?  confused  And by the way, they just conducted a test using p.s. flights, and it appears to have gone well. According to those in-the-know over on Flyertalk, the cashless system will be implemented soon. Looks like they plan on changing to me...


User currently offlineSLUAviator From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 357 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1896 times:

Cashless cabins have been going on for over a year. I used to commute to work all the time last summer on F9 from MDW-DEN and it was always cashless.


What do I know? I just fly 'em.......
User currently offlineFWAERJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 3770 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 1727 times:



Quoting PanAm330 (Reply 7):
And by the way, they just conducted a test using p.s. flights, and it appears to have gone well. According to those in-the-know over on Flyertalk, the cashless system will be implemented soon. Looks like they plan on changing to me...

Didn't know about that... anyway, it's good to know that UA will start accepting plastic soon. They'll need it if they start charging for meals across the pond...  Wink

Anyway, my problem with airlines being cash-only is simple: FA cash theft/shrinkage. I know a pilot for NW, and he says that shrinkage by the FAs is a major problem there. By switching at least some of the cash transactions to credit/debit cards, the shrinkage problem is reduced significantly.

It's a win-win situation: FAs are happier, as they don't have to scream out the lines of "does anyone have change for a $20?". Plus, people who use cards tend to have a higher average purchase than cash users, which means that the execs are happier, too.



"Did he really need the triple bypass? Or was it the miles?"
User currently offlineHALFA From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1363 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1637 times:



Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 4):
While we're at it, here's a list of which US airlines are cashless, cash/plastic, and cash only:

AA: Cash and plastic accepted (except on Eagle/AA Connection flights).
UA: Cash only. IIRC, no plans to change... typical UA.
DL: Cash and plastic accepted. Double miles for DL SkyMiles AmEx purchases, too.
NW: Cash only. But, then again, they'll be part of DL soon, so don't be surprised if you see a plastic option shortly after the merger.
CO: Cash only. But, then again, the only thing that CO offers for sale is alcoholic beverages... CO doesn't charge for much else.
US: Currently cash only, but credit card readers will be installed "soon". (Good idea with that $2 soft drink fee.)
B6: Cashless.
F9: Cashless.
FL: Cashless.
AS: Cashless.
VX: Cashless.

HA has been cashless since 2006.

HALFA



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User currently offlineKunta67 From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1603 times:

Actually UA is starting to move to a cashless cabin. My most recent flight back to HNL had the portable visa/mc devices for the BOB stuff.

User currently offlinePar13del From Bahamas, joined Dec 2005, 7382 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1573 times:

Ok, I get the fact that F9 went cashless a year or so ago, my question would be why they have not changed this policy and re-introduced cash?
Correct me if I'm mistaken, but was it not their major credit card holder who pulled the plug - withheld funds - and drove them into Chpt. 11?


User currently offlineChepos From Puerto Rico, joined Dec 2000, 6225 posts, RR: 11
Reply 13, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1535 times:

I can't wait till we become cashless at US, hopefully it will be sooner than later. For the F/A's it just makes the job much easier, especially which the charging of soft drinks and all. I for one never have any cash on me so I hardly ever have a chance to buy BOB when I non rev.

Regards,

Chepos



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User currently offlineYtib From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 575 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1444 times:



Quoting Par13del (Reply 12):
Ok, I get the fact that F9 went cashless a year or so ago, my question would be why they have not changed this policy and re-introduced cash?
Correct me if I'm mistaken, but was it not their major credit card holder who pulled the plug - withheld funds - and drove them into Chpt. 11?

The fees being withheld are for flights in the future and not for immediate cash sales. Also as discussed above with a cashless cabin you have less of a chance for shrinkage during a flight. Additionally on the flights to Mexico and the seasonal flight to Canada it gives you the ability to deal only with one currency but still have people purchase the TV, adult beverages as well as snacks.


User currently offlineMariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25428 posts, RR: 86
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1405 times:
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Quoting Par13del (Reply 12):
but was it not their major credit card holder who pulled the plug - withheld funds - and drove them into Chpt. 11?

The deal was never cancelled nor funds withheld, beyond the contracted rate.

Since then Frontier and First Data, the CCP, have come to a new agreement.

mariner



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User currently offlineLuvfa From United States of America, joined May 2005, 447 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Southwest is currently Cash/Coupons only for Liquor/Monster Energy Drinks. As of September we will be cashless as well. We are currently undergoing training on-line for "Cashless Cabin".

User currently offlineSawb1980 From United States of America, joined Jul 2008, 25 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1328 times:



Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 4):
UA: Cash only. IIRC, no plans to change... typical UA.



Quoting Kunta67 (Reply 11):
Actually UA is starting to move to a cashless cabin. My most recent flight back to HNL had the portable visa/mc devices for the BOB stuff.

Kunta67 hit it right on the nail for UA on their HNL trips. They make it abundently clear in the terminal prior to departure that no cash will be accepted on board. There were a lot of people who were upset by it. I feel bad for the traveler who does not like credit cards or does not have one.


User currently offlineSAN787 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 616 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1302 times:



Quoting FWAERJ (Reply 4):
US: Currently cash only, but credit card readers will be installed "soon". (Good idea with that $2 soft drink fee.)

they should install loan officers too!



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User currently offlineStasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3283 posts, RR: 6
Reply 19, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1231 times:



Quoting SAN787 (Reply 18):
they should install loan officers too!

And maybe even go as far as flying "payday" and "car title" loan officers too, just like at "Check Into Cash" branches I see advertised constantly here in Los Angeles.

Seriously, the airlines don't trust their own accounting clerks at their stations and their own flight attendants to turn over the proceeds. Maybe this should tell the airlines that they're paying these employees too little. I mean, cash sales should still count as revenue...  sarcastic 



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User currently offlineF9Animal From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 5079 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1206 times:



Quoting Chepos (Reply 13):
I can't wait till we become cashless at US, hopefully it will be sooner than later. For the F/A's it just makes the job much easier, especially which the charging of soft drinks and all. I for one never have any cash on me so I hardly ever have a chance to buy BOB when I non rev.

Regards,

Chepos

I think it would make life easier for the FA's. Less paperwork, and less responsibility and potential of losing the money.

Quoting Ytib (Reply 14):
Also as discussed above with a cashless cabin you have less of a chance for shrinkage during a flight. Additionally on the flights to Mexico and the seasonal flight to Canada it gives you the ability to deal only with one currency but still have people purchase the TV, adult beverages as well as snacks.

Well said! I can imagine shrinkage was a huge issue when it was cash only. I also wonder how many millions ended up in pockets?



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