Monarch is to scrap credit card fees for flights and holiday bookings made through the group’s websites or UK based contact centres.

The move will take effect from December 15, and Monarch says it will “enable a family of four to save £40-60 on their trip”, based on the average booking value of a holiday.

The carrier currently charges 3 per cent or £5 (whichever is greater) per booking for credit card purchases.

The group says that “This customer friendly move puts Monarch in an industry leading position, with many other operators still charging customers who book using their credit card”.

Commenting on the move Ian Chambers, chief commercial officer said:

“Going to 0 per cent for credit card bookings means that our customers can get the best value from their flight and holiday bookings – and benefit from the protection that credit cards offer, without having to pay extra for it.”

British Airways recently made changes to its credit card fees (taking effect from December 14), moving from a £5 flat rate charge to a 1 per cent fee, capped at £20 per ticket, while Virgin Atlantic has removed credit card fees since the launch of its new website.