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Ryanair And Visa Electron Card

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I have just booked cheap flight tickets with RyanAir. They charge per person per flight £10 for using credit card!!!

The only free of charge card is Visa Electron card. So I decided to apply one. After submit the application form, Halifax

website says they are extremely busy for the EasyCash account applications. I wonder why...

The EasyCash Account is sort of basic, minimum bank account you can get. However, that's the only account you can get a Visa Electron card.

Why RyanAir only not charge fees on this type of card? I don't believe the banking cost ********....

I think the main reason is RyanAir figure out the person who have such type of bank account do NOT travel. So they choose this type of card is free (I think they cannot charge fee for all type of cards, otherwise, they break the law by cheating...) Therefore, RyanAir can make the most of money...

Anyway, this is what I discovered, what's your opinion?

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Have Visa Electron card and travel plenty....that's your theory blown out of the water :rolleyes:

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I got mine from the Co-op, for the same reason...

The reason why Ryanair don't charge a fee for this type of card is that they have to include the fee in the cost of the flight if they charge it on all cards. These cards are rare, so most people won't have one and will have to pay the fee. In particular, they are apparently even more rare on the continent.

Once enough people get them they'll probably start only accepting milk tokens unless you pay a £20 fee...

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I got mine from the Co-op, for the same reason...

The reason why Ryanair don't charge a fee for this type of card is that they have to include the fee in the cost of the flight if they charge it on all cards. These cards are rare, so most people won't have one and will have to pay the fee. In particular, they are apparently even more rare on the continent.

Once enough people get them they'll probably start only accepting milk tokens unless you pay a £20 fee...

Not quite that rare:

"In response, the Ryanair spokesman says that "almost 20% of our customers book with Visa Electron", and stresses that Howard benefited from its lowest fares."

From:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2008/oct/25/consumeraffairs-banks1

Also of interest:

"Ryanair says its choice of Electron as the only fee-free card is down to a deal to boost the card's popularity. "We're working with Visa to promote the Visa Electron card, and we do so by encouraging all passengers booking on Ryanair to use it, as this enables passengers to avoid any optional debit- or credit-card handling fees," a spokesman for the budget airline says."

I have one myself, along with a parallel Visa debit card on the same account with Smile bank. Anyone with a Co-op or Smile current account can simply ask for one and it's worth having.

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