The way the credit card booking fee works is not totally straightforward. According to EU regulations, Ryanair can't just charge you extra money for buying a ticket. They can't list an itinerary at £10, for instance, and then charge you another £5 just for making the purchase. That's not a £5 fee on a £10 ticket, it's just a £15 ticketand Ryanair would be obligated to list the advertised fare accordingly. For something to be a fee there actually has to be a way to avoid it.
Ryanair being Ryanair, what they did is choose some random card that functionally nobody hasmost recently it's been a particular Mastercard pre-paid debit card available from a few regional banksand make using that the only way to avoid a £6 booking fee. They've also routinely cycled the required card, just in case any of their customers went through the hassle of getting the right card.
Apparently someone at the company looked at the situation and said "we're not squeezing enough money out of this screwjob." Ergo their recently announced plan, set to go into effect in November. The airline is changing the required card againbecause why notbut this time the new card they're forcing on customers is a Ryanair branded prepaid card. If you don't use the Ryanair card, you get charged the £6 booking fee. If you do use the Ryanair card...well, you get the idea.
Honestly, why do people fly this airline? Their fees aren't that good. Seriously. We checked.
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