Cashlessness and the Mark of the Beast

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September 18th, 2017 at 4:13:42 PM permalink
reno
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Quote: Nareed
I'm quite sure you can pay cash for a plane ticket at the airport counter, or at an airline office (if any still exist), or to a travel agent.


This isn't true in the United States. For example, if you want to fly United Airlines, they refuse cash payments at United ticket counters at the following airports: ANC, ATL, AUS, BWI, BOI, BOS, CLT, ORD, CVG, CLE, DFW, DEN, DSM, DTW, ELP, FLL, BDL, HNL, IAH, IND, JAX, MCI, LFT, LAS, LAX, MFE, MEM, MIA, MSP, MSY, EWR, JFK, LGA, OKC, OMA, ONT, MCO, PHL, PHX, PIT, PDX, RNO, SMF, SLC, SAN, SFO, SEA, STL, TPA, IAD. Likewise, American Airlines' website says that they accept cash at some airports, but not every airport.

There's an easy way around this, of course: just purchase a prepaid debit card.
September 18th, 2017 at 4:43:20 PM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: reno
This isn't true in the United States. For example, if you want to fly United Airlines, they refuse cash payments at United ticket counters at the following airports:


At the check-in counters. How many, if any, of these airports have a ticket office that will take cash?


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There's an easy way around this, of course: just purchase a prepaid debit card.


But that puts you back on the grid, no?
Donald Trump is a fucking liar
September 18th, 2017 at 8:17:01 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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Quote: reno
This isn't true in the United States. For example, if you want to fly United Airlines, they refuse cash payments at United ticket counters at the following airports


Wow. That's a long list of airports. You think it would be easier to list the airports where they accept cash.

  1. ANC
  2. ATL
  3. AUS
  4. BDL
  5. BOI
  6. BOS
  7. BWI
  8. CLE
  9. CLT
  10. CVG
  11. DEN
  12. DFW
  13. DSM
  14. DTW
  15. ELP
  16. EWR - Liberty
  17. FLL
  18. HNL
  19. IAD - Dulles
  20. IAH - Intercontinental
  21. ICT
  22. IND
  23. JAX
  24. JFK
  25. LAS
  26. LAX
  27. LFT
  28. LGA - LaGuardia
  29. MCI
  30. MCO
  31. MEM
  32. MFE
  33. MIA
  34. MSP
  35. MSY
  36. OKC
  37. OMA
  38. ONT
  39. ORD - O'Hare
  40. PDX
  41. PHL
  42. PHX
  43. PIT
  44. RNO
  45. SAN
  46. SAT
  47. SEA
  48. SFO
  49. SJU
  50. SLC
  51. SMF
  52. STL
  53. STT
  54. TPA
  55. TUL
September 19th, 2017 at 6:46:59 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: Pacomartin
Wow. That's a long list of airports. You think it would be easier to list the airports where they accept cash.


Maybe not. But not by much.

I was going to say the last time I paid cash for a plane ticket was in 1985 (London-Tel Aviv with El Al), but that's not quite true.

In 2010 I rescheduled a paid Interjet ticket from MTY-MEX to MTY-TOL. I was charged a nominal change fee (about $15 US at the time) and credited a bit in fare difference as the new ticket was lower in price (!). I paid that in cash. (alas, this is no longer the change policy for Interjet).

In both MTY and TOL, there are service counters which double as ticket offices, well away from the check-in counters. You go there when you have an issue or want to buy a ticket. For all I know, you can't buy a ticket at the check-in counter (I've never tried it).
Donald Trump is a fucking liar
September 19th, 2017 at 9:50:55 AM permalink
reno
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Quote: Nareed
But that puts you back on the grid, no?


Sure, but you're still off the radar of Transunion, Equifax, & Experian. The clerk at 7-11 or Walgreens won't ask you for your social security number.

Incidentally, not too many retailers offer prepaid cards that could cover, say, a $1,200 airline ticket. Most retailers have a $500 limit on prepaid cards.
September 19th, 2017 at 11:11:03 AM permalink
Nareed
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Quote: reno
Most retailers have a $500 limit on prepaid cards.


So you'd have to fly the ULCCs only?

There are still a few bricks and mortar travel agencies left.
Donald Trump is a fucking liar
September 20th, 2017 at 9:44:49 PM permalink
reno
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Quote: AZDuffman
We got seniors who got denied because they had no credit to report.... Today you still hear about the occasional "credit ghost" with nothing to report.


These people are still vulnerable to identity theft, right? They still would be advised to monitor their credit report (if one exists).
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