United Airlines is cutting cash transactions completely at their airport lounges effective August 1, 2012. The company offers both complimentary and paid beverages at all lounges and is making the move to only accept credit cards for the premium beverages on very short notice. From an email sent to club members today:
We want to inform you that effective August 1, 2012, United ClubSM will accept only credit and debit cards as forms of payment for premium liquors and fine wines. Visa®, MasterCard®, American Express® and Discover® cards will all be accepted for these purchases.
Dealing with cash in the clubs is apparently enough of a pain that the company is willing to accept the credit card company hit rather than deal with keeping bills in the tills.
I’m not so sure I can really blame them. The bartenders aren’t company employees anyways in nearly every case so it isn’t like making tipping them harder really affects the company. And getting cash out of the process is a very good thing for the company. Plus it probably doesn’t affect all that many customers adversely.
Probably a smart move in the long run and not completely a surprise (rumors on this topic have been around a few months now). But still a change to be aware of.
Update: Yes, I screwed up the post title. Get enough Ukrainian vodka in you and then try to be coherent. It is harder than it looks.
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