Ugh! New Airline Fee Is Worst Yet
Starting November, the only way to avoid a stiff fee for booking a ticket on Ryanair is to use Ryanair's own prepaid MasterCard debit card. Use any other kind of plastic and you'll pay a £6 fee (about $9.50) to book each leg of your trip. That's £12 for a round-trip on through flights, and more for connections.
Ryanair is, as many of you know, the undoubted world "hate this airline" champion, which has originated many of the fees that other lines subsequently adopted. Fortunately, not many North Americans will have to cope with this fee on Ryanair. But Ryanair's bad ideas all too often wind up on other airlines.
The British government's Office of Fair Trading is taking a hard look at card fees, in general, so Ryanair may yet back off—or be pushed off—this latest gouge. But overall, over the next few years, expect continuing erosion of the ability to buy with your credit card—at least without fees.