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MSE News: Airlines forced to display debit card fees upfront

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Flights, Currency & Car Hire
"Twelve airlines — including Easyjet and Ryanair — soon won't spring last-minute fees on customers paying by debit card ..."
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  • SaveTheEuroSaveTheEuro Forumite
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    Ryanair will stop surcharging for debit cards on 1st December.
  • stevros88stevros88 Forumite
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    They'll find a new way to screw the customer, their priority is to squeeze out every last penny so it won't be long before they introduce a new kind of fee regardless of how we pay.
  • KTFKTF Forumite
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    At the end of the day the transaction price will be the same as they will either increase the base price to compensate or tweak something else to make up the shortfall - such as the Ryanair 'fee' to check-in online for example.
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    stevros88 wrote: »
    They'll find a new way to screw the customer, their priority is to squeeze out every last penny so it won't be long before they introduce a new kind of fee regardless of how we pay.
    I fear you are right. Ryanair will probably start charging for cabin baggage - unavoidable for most passengers, but Ryanair would claim it's an avoidable optional extra. One US airline, Spirit, already does this. See http://www.spirit.com/OptionalFees.aspx
  • KTF wrote: »
    At the end of the day the transaction price will be the same as they will either increase the base price to compensate or tweak something else to make up the shortfall - such as the Ryanair 'fee' to check-in online for example.

    I suspect that the online check-in fee will be the next to fall. Checking in is not optional and I don't think that Ryanair will win the argument that you can avoid the check-in fee by choosing a different flight.
  • KTFKTF Forumite
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    They are wise to that:
    Online Check-In Fee – is avoidable by simply purchasing the lowest advertised promotional fare that includes the online check-in fee free of charge.
    Source: http://www.ryanair.com/en/notices/gops/110914-AVOID_FEES-EN-GB
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    I suspect that the online check-in fee will be the next to fall. Checking in is not optional and I don't think that Ryanair will win the argument that you can avoid the check-in fee by choosing a different flight.
    Ryanair includes the check-in fee in the advertised price, so it's not an issue at all. We're talking here about fees that are added to the advertised price later in the booking process.
  • jpsartrejpsartre Forumite
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    Checking in is not optional and I don't think that Ryanair will win the argument that you can avoid the check-in fee by choosing a different flight.

    They don't claim it's optional. It's not on the list of optional fees and it's added to the booking upfront.
  • callum9999callum9999 Forumite
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    One step forward for the ignorant consumer, one step back for the rest...

    (Just look at Easyjet now - I used to be able to fly without extra charge by using a Visa Electron, now because of this I have a £9 surcharge put on my flight... (I know it's per booking, but I generally book one-way flights).
  • NFHNFH Forumite
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    callum9999 wrote: »
    Just look at Easyjet now - I used to be able to fly without extra charge by using a Visa Electron
    Why should you have been able to pay less when using a Visa Electron card? It costs Easyjet the same to accept Visa Electron as it does for them to accept other Visa debit cards. I don't understand why this should have entitled you to any discount.
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