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Post by Boothjendar Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:22 pm

Curtesy of MSE News

Ryanair, already the king of added fees, is about to change its rules to make it even harder for customers to book flights at its advertised price. It currently charges customers £6 per person each way (£48 for a family of four return) just for the privilege of paying. It only gets away with this not counting as a compulsory part of the price as prepaid Mastercard customers can pay for free. But from 1 November, only those who pay with its own new plastic will get away charge-free.
Key Points
Only Ryanair cardholders to avoid payment fee from November
• Currently, prepaid Mastercard holders avoid charge
• Move comes as OFT cracks down on card surcharges
The move comes after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) pledged to crack down on misleading card surcharges in June, following a super complaint by consumer lobby group Which?.
The controversial budget airline made the announcement as it revealed the launch of its new card, the Ryanair Cash Passport, a prepaid Mastercard, which will be available from 4 October.
Even then, Ryanair Cash Passport customers may have to jump through hoops to avoid the £6 fee.
On the one hand, Ryanair says in its press release that holders will avoid the charge yet it also states separately that the fee will be "reimbursed since each cardholder will receive a £6 Ryanair travel voucher".
Ryanair was unavailable for comment to clear up the confusion as this story was published.
It's not exactly easy to avoid fees now. The £6 per leg charge is only waived on bookings using a prepaid MasterCard, which is a rare type of plastic, but the new policy will make travelling even more expensive for most.
'Two fingers up'
Martin Lewis, creator, says: "Ryanair is sticking two fingers up at every regulator and consumer group with this news.
"This is anti-competitive, it's an insult to loyal passengers who first got Electron cards so they could pay for free, then were forced to switch to prepaid Mastercards and are now being asked to dance again this time by getting its own prepaid card.
"Quite simply, Ryanair must be forced to include the booking fee in its headline price – this is not a voluntary fee – it's part of core pricing. Westminster, Brussels are you watching? It's rubbing your nose in it – it's time to sort it out!"
The OFT says card surcharges have to be made clear to consumers. It has also called on the Government to update laws to stop traders charging for debit card payments.
Ryanair spokesman Stephen McNamara says: "Ryanair's £6 admin fee will not apply to any bookings made with Ryanair Cash Passport and there are no transaction charges for using the card at UK merchants until 31 March 2012, so we recommend that UK passengers make the switch to ‘Ryanair Cash Passport’ as soon as possible."

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Post by lauren Sat Sep 24, 2011 6:43 pm

Drives me mad!!!!
Evil or Very Mad

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Post by Dave Sat Sep 24, 2011 7:04 pm

Love or hate the bloke, they're still a cheap way of flying though. As long as you dont expect to travel in luxury. Laughing

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Post by cazcove Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:59 pm

Try other companies you can get bargains if everyone done this then the greedy git would change his ways
Aerlingus do some good flights!


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Post by LUHG Fri Sep 30, 2011 10:23 am

I fly back every month and have been doing so for over 4 i can say that hand on heart Ryanair (like em or loathe em) are the cheapest consistently by a country mile!! Not saying you can't get a bargain with any other airline, just that Ryanair are always there or there abouts on price every month.

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Post by mame Sat Oct 01, 2011 2:56 pm

Just booked with Ryanair for next week 95euros return.Good times as well, mid afternoons
All others between 198 and 205 for the dates I need.


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