In an attempt to streamline the overall airport experience and optimize processing times, Air Canada is expanding the number of airports where it will no longer accept cash as a form of payment.
Effective Jan. 22, 2019, cash payments will no longer be accepted at Air Canada airport counters located at the following airports: Vancouver (YVR), Halifax (YHZ), St John’s (YYT), Victoria (YYJ), Saskatoon (YXE), Toronto Island (YTZ) and Quebec City(YQB).
Air Canada is also reminding travellers that the Air Canada counters at the following Canadian airports are already cashless: Calgary (YYC), Edmonton (YEG), Ottawa (YOW) and Winnipeg (YWG).
Since Jan. 8, 2019 cash payments are no longer be accepted at any Air Canada airport counters in the United States.
What kinds of payment are accepted?
Travellers departing from an airport where cash is no longer accepted have several options.
First, there's the option of paying tickets as well as baggage and other fees with any major credit or debit card. Baggage and other fees can always be pre-paid online at the time of check-in from 24 hours prior to departure, right up until the check-in deadline.
Those who do not have a major credit card or debit card can use the ReadySTATION kiosks that are already available at most airports, and offer cash conversion to a prepaid credit card.
If such kiosks are not available, an alternative solution is to purchase a prepaid credit card at the Airport Currency Exchange or at other convenience stores. Air Canada advises travellers who choose this option to keep their prepaid credit card (even if its value has reached zero) until all travel associated with the card has been completed. In the event of a refund, this will allow Air Canada to return the amount to the traveller's original form of payment.
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