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Credit or debit card surcharges banned today

Solent_Richard wrote:

the simple answer is to negotiate your price

Fine if you can but you can’t always negotiate a price e.g. Easyjet flights.

Solent_Richard wrote:

Yesterday no problem using a credit card

Good for them. I’ll check at my dentist in June.

Essex UK

Cruzeroqueen1 wrote:

I have heard of a couple of people who have been charged extra, but they now call it a ‘service fee’.

I’d have thought the simple answer is to negotiate your price, whether it be cruise, flight or hotel before mentioning how you want to pay.

If the agent, or whatever, then tries to add a charge then either challenge it or pull out of the deal.

All the agents I have used in the past, with one exception, have offered to carry the cost of using the credit card. In cases where I’ve booked Cunard and P&O the deposit charges appear on the respective cruise line invoice and are then credited back into the final payment by the agent.

The Sovereign Cruise Club does not make any credit Card charges.

As an aside we put it to the test at our dentist yesterday. Prior to the visit they only accepted a debit card payment without charge. Yesterday no problem using a credit card and before anyone asks, the bi-annual check-up was the same price as 6 months ago.

I have heard of a couple of people who have been charged extra, but they now call it a ‘service fee’.

Albox, Costa Almeria, Spain

The following article shows that TAP Air Portugal were still charging credit card fees on Sunday. It also gives advice about what to do if you are charged: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/cards/2018/01/some-credit-card-users-still-being-charged-despite-law-change?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=16-Jan-18-7248&utm_campaign=nt-oneliners-two&utm_content=21

Essex UK

“This will mean an end to the extra cost added on at the end of the process of buying something online, such as a flight ticket, or being hit with a surcharge when using a card in a small shop.” More details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-42639408 and here: https://www.moneysavingexpert.com/news/cards/2018/01/cards-fees-to-be-banned-from-saturday?utm_source=MSE_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=09-Jan-18-7213&utm_campaign=nt-

So it will be very interesting to see how the travel industry reacts. Will they just drop the charges, will they replace them with other surcharges not covered by the law or will they refuse to accept credit cards any longer.

It will be really interesting to track this here as you book your travels, so please post up your experiences. We can praise the ones that drop them as intended by the law and name & shame those that introduce an alternative charge.

Essex UK
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