Now you can only make a fee-free Ryanair booking... with a special Ryanair card
All that has changed though with the news that their changing the rules again when it comes to letting passengers pay the advertised price of flights. As you may know, Ryanair currently charges customers £6 each way just to be able to pay by debit or credit card. The one exception was a pre-paid Mastercard, allowing them not to include the £6 fee as part of the advertised price. Previously, the airline accepted Electron cards as a fee-free payment method, before reverting to pre-paid Mastercard only.
From 1st November, the only pre-paid Mastercard that Ryanair will accept without adding on a charge will be... their own! The Ryanair Cash Passport will be available from 4th October
Of course, all of this comes in the middle of the Office of Fair Trading promising to sort out the slimy practice of misleading and excessive card surcharges, following an ubercomplaint from our good friends at Which! It’s almost as if Sky Captain Michael O’Leary is deliberately cocking his snook at the OFT and Which!
There has been no official comment from the Sky Captain himself, but his close friend at the airline, Stephen McNamara said: “Ryanair's £6 admin fee will not apply to any bookings made with Ryanair Cash Passport and there are no transaction charges for using the card at UK merchants until 31 March 2012, so we recommend that UK passengers make the switch to Ryanair Cash Passport as soon as possible.”
We’re expecting the next development being the revelation that you can only get a Ryanair Cash Passport from a secret location by solving a set of complex riddles that act as clues to its whereabouts...