Agree Canucklad, but what can we do. You have to go to BKK for example. Fare booked, extras selected. Payment. Method? That will be £5 or Francs please! So what do we do. Cancel it. But we have to go. Call up. Pay up or stay at home is the choice they give you. I have a choice so I’ll stay. Oh! I’ve got meetings so have to go!
That’s the dilemma. Some airlines do allow you to make a direct bank payment but then you lose the Amex benefits and Miles that go with it.
What we need is a passenger union that is strong enough to instruct its members to boycott say BA till they remove certain charges. That would work and other airlines would quickly follow suit. But that will never happen and the leaders will likely be put on no fly lists as a danger to the airline!