UK Office of Fair Trading ‘persuades’ 12 airlines to eliminate debit card fees (sort of!)

Well it appears that the UK’s OFT has persuaded a number of airlines to include fees for the use of debit cards in their headline prices. Many UK based low cost carriers are (in)famous for adding extra charges as you go though a booking.

After an investigation the following airlines have agreed to change their ways:

Aer Lingus, BMI Baby, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, German Wings, Jet2, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson (TUI) and Wizz Air

Their press release is here

In addition it seems that charges for credit card will be easier to find.

Interesting to note details, airline by airline:

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Ryanair has already made transparency changes to its website and from 1 August it will include its admin fee in all advertising and on its website.  From 1 December it will no longer surcharge for payments made by debit cards

This is significant for Ryanair as the ‘admin fee’ is £6.

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