Ryanair debit card fees soar by 600 per cent

22 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

The cost of using a debit card to book Ryanair flights has risen by over 600 per cent in the last 18 months, according to research by Which? Holiday.

The report says that the low-cost carrier now charges £5 per person each way for debit card transactions (excluding Visa Electron), 614 per cent more than the £0.70 it charged 18 months ago. The report also singles out Wizzair, which has raised its charges for debit card transactions by 471 per cent, from £0.70 (per person each way) in February 2007, to £4 today.

However some carriers have reduced fees according to the research, including Bmibaby which has dropped its one per cent charge for debit card transactions. Which? Holiday also points out that several carriers including Easyjet, First Choice, Flybe, Jet2, Monarch, Ryanair and Thomson Airways do not charge for Visa Electron purchases.

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Report by Mark Caswell

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