Ryanair introduces 2% credit card processing fee today

Just when you thought airline ticket pricing was becoming clearer, and the price you saw at the outset was much closer to the price you pay at checkout, well, Ryanair is set to change all that by slapping a 2% credit card processing fee on all its purchases.

The 2% credit card charge is introduced today, 30 November 2012, and your only hope of avoiding paying this fee is by making your purchase using a debit card or a German ELV transfer.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, in addition to the 2% credit card fee, you’ll also be required to pay a €6/£6 per person, per sector admin fee – unless, of course, you make your booking using a Ryanair Cash Passport in Ireland, Germany and Spain. Don’t think this is a permanent reprieve though – admin fees will be introduced in these countries on the following dates: 1 February for Ireland, 15 February in Germany and 21 March 2013 in Spain.

Speaking about the introduction of the credit card processing charge, Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara, said, “Ryanair continues to deliver the lowest fares and a no fuel surcharges guarantee to all our passengers. However, to cover our credit card processing costs and to comply with the UK OFT’s recent ruling, we are introducing a 2% credit card handling fee from 30 November 2012.”

While budget airlines have certainly transformed the airline industry and brought air travel within the reach of most budgets, it’s easy to become blinkered into thinking ‘no-frills’ airlines offer the cheapest airfares. However, when you add up all the extras, supposedly ‘optional extras’, flying budget can work out more expensive than full-service airlines. And, don’t forget, sometimes these airlines use out-of-the-way airports that can cost you a significant amount of money and time to get to your intended destination.

It’s well worth comparing flight costs before you book – open up a couple of browser windows and compare different airlines and their flights.

Alternatively, you can check the UK Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) flights, fees and charges comparison tool, which makes it easy to compare the costs of booking an on-board meal, checked-in luggage charges, priority boarding, seat reservation, payment charges, the carriage of sports equipment and text message confirmation.

The comparison tool is updated quarterly and can be found here:
www.caa.co.uk/docs/2200/Comparing_airline_charges.pdf

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