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Cost of booking flights online to become more transparent

Ever get vexed by the lure of a cheap flight, only to find that the hidden charges bring the actual total ticket price way beyond what you thought you’d be paying? In Europe, we’ll soon be saying goodbye to one of those annoying surcharges that turn up just as you’re about to book a ticket online.

According to publications that track the air industry, the extra cost of paying for airline tickets by debit card is poised to become a thing of the past. Consumer lobbying, strengthened by enforcement action taken by the United Kingdom’s Office of Fair Trading, has resulted in 12 airlines agreeing to include the cost of debit card transactions in the stated price of tickets.

Airlines that have agreed to this change include Aer Lingus, BMI Baby, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, German Wings, Jet2, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson (TUI) and Wizz Air.

If you use a credit card to pay for your ticket, the particular surcharge associated with that won’t be going away. However, the OFT believes these charges should not come as a nasty surprise at the end of the booking process, and airlines have agreed to make charges for credit card use more transparent.

Read the full press release explaining the reason behind the changes on the OFT website. 

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About the Author

Karen Bradbury has lived and worked in Europe for more than fifteen years. She has called Moscow, Copenhagen, Rome and now a small wine-producing village along the Rhine in Germany home. When she's not working, whatever the season, she's probably traveling.

Email: bradburyk@estripes.osd.mil