You have a credit card, right? But, is it a major credit card?
You might ask why you need to care, but if you plan on flying this year (amongst other travel necessities), you may be out of luck - for example, purchasing on board food and drinks.
Sure, you can still get the free basic beverage and salty snack, but since last year, both WestJet and Air Canada will only accept major credit cards on board. Cash apparently, is no longer king!
Recently, I was flying out of Toronto's Pearson airport. I bumped into an old business friend while checking in at the self-serve kiosk. He hadn't flown in quite some time and was fumbling in his briefcase to find his booking reference. I told him not to bother - all he needed to do is swipe his credit card and the machine would identify him that way. He did so and we were both shocked by the error message which said, "this is not a major credit card - please insert a major credit card".
Staring at his piece of plastic, a "MasterCard", we both wondered how it possibly couldn't be a "major" one. What made it a minor?