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Cashless Cabins

Starting next week Southwest Airlines passengers will need some plastic to get a bloody mary or a scotch-on-the-rocks. Southwest joins a host of other airlines that no longer accept cash for onboard purchases. Last month, Alaska Airlines introduced its “Cashless Cabin” while AirTran, Frontier Airlines, and Sun Country Airlines also launched in-flight credit card only programs over the past year. Most of the big carriers offer the credit card option but will still handle cash for some transactions. Also, most airlines have a partnership with banks to issue a major credit card that offers mileage credits and rewards. Often there are bonus points or miles for using one of the carrier-specific cards for in-flight purchases. For more information visit

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