»»Advertised Airfares To Include Debit Card Charges – Following OFT’s Enforcement Action

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT), a UK’s a non-ministerial government department established in 1973 with the mission to make markets work well for consumers, said that following its enforcement action, 12 airlines have agreed to include debit card surcharges in the headline price.

The airlines which, subject to an OFT consumer law investigation, have agreed to change their practices, include: Aer Lingus, BMI Baby, Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, German Wings, Jet2, Lufthansa, Ryanair, Thomas Cook, Thomson (TUI) and Wizz Air.
Eastern Airways, easyJet, Flybe, German Wings, Lufthansa, Thomas Cook, Thomson (TUI) and Wizz Air have already made changes to their pricing structures and websites, as the other airlines will change their advertising practices by August 1st.

Also, following the OFT’s enforcement action the airlines agreed to make surcharges for credit cards more transparent.
As OFT concedes that airlines may still impose surcharges for processing credit cards, its enforcement action requires these charges be clearer and easier to find during the booking process.


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