N717TW wrote:STLflyer wrote:Why are they required to accept CAD?
They don't accept Mexican pesos, Aruban florin, Jamaican dollars and they most definitely don't accept Cuban pesos.
Unless there's some Canadian law that says airlines flying to Canada must accept CAD, I fail to see how this is a hurdle. Canadians can use their credit card and their bank will do the conversion, possibly at better rates than what SWA would provide. I've used my US credit cards to purchase flights in foreign currency many times.
there actually were a lot of limitations with Cowboy (WN's legacy system and a cast off of the old Braniff that ran on some very ancient IBM mainframes). For a long time WN needed to run 27 hour days in the system in order to manage west coat arrivals after 9pm ET. Similarly the system didn't actually have the capacity to handle international ticking...and not just currency...but passports, visas, and other documentation needs. Its also been well established that Cowboy didn't have the capacity to add bag fees for a long time..hence why 3rd bags and other large items were often booked/billed as separate cargo tickets. Sure, you're right they could upgrade the system but that's also a huge logistical undertaking and the expense is enormous when you consider that WN owned its system. When you consider that WN had a 500+ fleet flying exclusively domestic, the international revenue was going to have to be significant in order to justify the expense/complexity of upgrading the entire system and more importantly, to having to pay a CRS fee.
Also note that WN had these exact issues when they first started international service and that was after the AirTran merger that brought in a CRS with international operational capacity. The benefit for WN at the start of their intn'l service was how San Jose, etc. were mostly US point of sale, allowing them to get away with not having to collect foreign currency. The same isn't true for most Canadian cities where a lot (and in many cases, the majority of seats) is Canadian-side point of sale.
There of that system now and are now on amadeus which can handle currencies the real issue us that southwest is not in the GDS's and those needs a decent market presence to drive people to southwest.com which is tough to get overseas