19 SEPTEMBER 2011
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Ever resourceful, and in constant battle with the legislators and the Office of Fair Trading in particular, Ryanair has come up with its latest wheeze to extract money out of air travellers. Living up to its reputation as the world’s most annoying airline clients are now being invited to take a “Ryanair Cash Passport”, another piece of plastic promoted as a way of avoiding the £6 surcharge (admin fee) that passengers booking via a debit, credit, or Visa Electron are charged by the airline per one-way flight.
The problem with the “Ryanair Cash Passport” is that you have to load the card with cash before you can use, in other words Ryanair and its banker (Access Prepaid Worldwide, a division of MasterCard) gets the loan of your money interest free.
Other prepaid cards are out in the marketplace including MasterCard itself. However after 1 November Ryanair will not accept them. Only about 5% of the UK population is believed to use prepaid cards.
Thought to be the first time ever Ryanair is also offering a FREE service called ‘How Do I Avoid Paying Optional Fees?’ The trouble is the only real advice it actually offers is to sign up with the new product. www.ryanair.com
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