On a recent trip to Spain on Ryanair, I got chatting to my friend who booked the flights and was surprised to hear about a handling charge that I have not noticed before when booking a Ryanair flight.
Perhaps its just me, but I thought the idea of a handling charge was for the company selling the service to somewhat offset the cost they incur of processing a credit card transaction. This can typically be in the region of 3% of the total so it’s understandable. By using a debit card instead, one can save the handling charge or at least reduce it.
Ah…not with Lyingair though. They charge a whopping £9.50 per return flight no matter what type of card you pay with. Well, apart from Visa Electron, that common of common cards that everyone has in their wallet.
“Ok” I said. “It’s £9.50, but there are 5 of us travelling so we can just divide that between us right?”
Ryanair multiply this handling charge by the number of passengers on the booking. So now it turns out we have paid almost £50…to pay!?!?
What a rip-off.