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AirplaneIf you have whipped out a wad of cash to pay for a drink, snack, or other item on an airplane lately then chances are you have been told that your airline will only accept credit cards for payment.

While I am someone that uses my cash back credit card for as many purchases as I can in order to get the cash back I am also someone who hates to be without cash so this will not effect me a whole lot but I can see how those who are accustomed to paying for things with cash (especially small purchases like drinks, snacks, etc.) might be annoyed at this new credit card only airline rule.

Here is a list of airlines that have gone 100% cashless and will only accept credit cards when purchasing items on board (or debit cards that are backed by Visa, MasterCard, etc.):

  • Air Tran
  • Alaskan
  • American
  • Continental
  • Delta
  • Frontier
  • JetBlue
  • Midwest
  • Southwest
  • United
  • US Airways (beginning 4/2/10)
  • Virgin America

Each and every one of the above airlines are completely cash free and will only accept credit cards for in flight purchases. Before you go on your next flight be sure to bring your credit card with you – in fact, why not use a travel credit card or an airline credit card to purchase your flight with in the first place and get started earning points and free flights!

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