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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2009, 10:34 am 
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Ryanair ends free payment for millions
Guy Anker News Editor 30 November 2009
MSE Travel & Transport guides

(Article courtsey of Moneysavingexpert.com)

Ryanair will charge passengers to book flights using a Visa Electron card from next year, ending the fee-free payment method for up to 20 million travellers.

Anyone using this card type will soon be slapped with a £5 per leg demand (see the Budget Airline Fee Fighting guide).

Many Ryanair regulars have applied for an Electron card as using one has been the only way to avoid a fee for paying since 2003. The airline says roughly a third of its 60 million passengers use this plastic to book flights.

Standard credit and debit cards attract a £5 per person, per flight charge (£10 for a return), but Electron cards will be added to this list from 1 January.

Fee free card

From tomorrow, you'll be able to avoid a fee for the privilege of paying if you use a Mastercard prepaid card, and from next year, this will be the only fee-free payment type.

The Ice Travellers' Cashcard is currently our top pick prepaid Mastercard (the Beat Budget Airline Fees guide is being updated to include that plastic).

Daniel Lawrence, MoneySavingExpert.com consumer products analyst, says: "This is another example of Ryanair making it difficult for passengers to avoid charges. It has moved the goalposts given many would have already got a Visa Electron card to beat the charge.

"It's not all bad news as savvy consumers can still bypass the fee, but it adds complication to what should be a simple process."

Ryanair can get away with advertising flight prices without the payment fee because it is technically an optional charge given it is avoidable, even though it's only avoidable for a minority.

The airline adds a host of other fees to unsuspecting bookers including charges to check in and to check bags in.

However, check-in and payment fees are sometimes waived on promotional flights that start from 1p each way.

Stephen McNamara, from Ryanair, says: "We are pleased to announce our new partnership with Mastercard which will enable consumers to save even more when travelling on Ryanair's unbeatable low fares."

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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2009, 11:11 am 
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OK, yet another card to get. my wallet is bursting with credit cards, debit cards, store cards it is all getting beyond a joke, can you pay by cash anymore?

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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2009, 6:35 pm 

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Mastercard prepaid card where do I get one and is the same as an ordinary mastercard?
information apreciated

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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2009, 7:02 pm 

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MartinsMoneyTips@moneysavingexpert.com gives some advice re this. Looks like ICE's Sterling Card (choose the UK pound version) is the cheapest but charges 2% for a min £100 top up.

Could be that it will be best to not use Ryanair, if possible.

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PostPosted: December 2nd, 2009, 9:24 pm 

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.... however, if you get a pre-paid euro card you can... use it for euros, pay your flights... and not worry so much if you get skimmed as you are only vulnerable to what's 'on it' , and not the stupidly high credit limits the mainstaream companies try to sucker you into.

I have a number of FairFX cards, dollar and euro. Better rate of exchange than the usual sources. Cheaper to withdraw cash than many others. Limit your liability, and spread it across many cards. . . . .and it really doesn't matter which ones you spend on - unless rates go really silly against you...
(I use the dollar card for toll booth machines it Italy; they all work - just keep it on the dash, and only a couple of hundred on it.... etc)

Oh, and you can reload it via the internet from.... anywhere.

(And no, I'm not on commission! It just works for me www.fairfx.com)

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