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Ryanair add on a £10 charge if you pay with Visa Electron
December 2nd, 2009 by Tom Kerswill

Ice prepay cardsIrish airline RyanAir frequently have sales where it’s possible to bag a one-way flight from the UK to continental Europe (or sometimes further) for as little as 1p. The catch is that, for most credit and debit cards, they’d slap on a £5 fee for each journey.. meaning that the minimum you’d pay for a return journey would be £10.   And that’s not including any extra fees if you wanted to take extra baggage, check in at the airport… at one point RyanAir considered charging a fee to use the toilet during the journey.

But for savvy travellers, it was always possible to avoid the Ryanair credit card charges, and really get flights for 1p. To do this, you could use a Visa Electron card. Well, that was until yesterday. Now, RyanAir will charge the same £5 per journey, to people who pay with Electron Cards.

But there is a new way to avoid the charges. Ryanair can’t claim to offer “flights from 1p each way” unless there’s a way to pay for them without any hidden fees. They’ve just changed the payment method this applies to. People who pay with a prepay mastercard can get the flights without paying extra for card processing charges.

According to money saving site MoneySavingExpert.co.uk, the best value card is from ICE. There’s a 2% fee and the minimum amount you can load it with is £100. But it could well be worth it for frequent travellers.

I’m off to apply for one now. I’ll let you know how it goes!


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