A 2% fee for passengers booking Ryanair flights with credit cards is to be charged by the airline from today (Friday). The announcement comes as the airline claims it is adhering to the transparency demanded by the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) ruling earlier this year.
The ruling, made by the OFT in July, stated that passengers should not be charged extra for booking with debit cards, but airlines could charge extra for credit card payments as long as they were clear and upfront about the fees.
Passengers paying with debit cards, German ELV transfer and Ryanair’s Cash Passport will avoid the 2% charge, which Ryanair says is only to cover the cost of processing credit card payments. The credit card fee will be in addition to the current £6 admin fee applied to all bookings.
The OFT estimated that card payments cost consumers a total of £300m a year.