Visa electron replaced to visa debit

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My wifes account at Abbey (Santander) has replaced her visa electron card with a visa debit card, stating that electron cards are being phased out. The problem is when purchasing flights etc on line the visa debit card incurrs an extra charge where as the electron did not. Is this true or yet another money making scam by the banks and airlines? Anyoone know?

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  • Fiddlestick
    Fiddlestick Posts: 2,339 Forumite
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    spanish_Al wrote: »
    My wifes account at Abbey (Santander) has replaced her visa electron card with a visa debit card, stating that electron cards are being phased out. The problem is when purchasing flights etc on line the visa debit card incurrs an extra charge where as the electron did not. Is this true or yet another money making scam by the banks and airlines? Anyoone know?

    It's the airline.

    It costs them money to process the transaction and they are passing this into the customer and inflating the fee a bit for good measure.
  • izools
    izools Posts: 7,513 Forumite
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    The Halifax Easycash account still comes with an electron card so it might be worth opening one of those and use it for the sole purpose of buying airline tickets.

    The Easycash account isn't credit checked and doesn't appear on your credit report so there will be NIL impact on your credit worthiness by doing this.
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