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MSE News: Airlines forced to display debit card fees upfront

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"Twelve airlines — including Easyjet and Ryanair — soon won't spring last-minute fees on customers paying by debit card ..."
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  • SaveTheEuro
    SaveTheEuro Posts: 971 Forumite
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    Ryanair will stop surcharging for debit cards on 1st December.
  • stevros88
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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.
  • KTF
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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.
  • NFH
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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
  • HelenaHandcart
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    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.
  • KTF
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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
  • NFH
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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.
  • jpsartre
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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.
  • callum9999
    callum9999 Posts: 4,400 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).
  • NFH
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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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