Airline ancillary charges - research reveals bleeding obvious
Which? has been snooping around the websites of the budget airlines, and you'll never guess what they found. It turns out that two airlines are charging eczema sufferers a mandatory cleaning fee for shedding their skin in the cabin. No, not really - it's more obvious than that. The consumer folk discovered that baggage fees and credit card booking charges can increase the cost of a flight by nearly 30 per cent.
The number one villain for pumping up the prices was Ryanair, which added over 29 per cent - £50 - to a flight to Malaga from the East Midlands booked for February when a bag was checked in and a credit card used. Which? then booked in with bmibaby and the price of their flight to Paris increased by a quarter, while a flight to Malaga increased by 23 per cent.
EasyJet was the hero of the piece for consistently offering the lowest luggage and credit card charges out of the four airlines checked, although the additional charges still added 17 per cent to two of the flights checked by the consumer bods.
Of course, while it pains us to stick up for the budget airlines in any way, plenty of people booking short-haul flights to Europe are taking short city breaks and will never require a case to be booked into the hold. Racking up the ancillary revenue through credit card charges on the other hand - that's an outrageous practise that few other retailers would ever get away with.