The next step in airline booking and card fees has been made by EasyJet, who without any notice introduced a flat £9 / €11 "admin fee" yesterday. There are no longer differing fees for different debit cards (so no advantage for Visa Electron) and all credit cards no accrue an addition percentage-based handling fee.
Easyjet.com now has this in the T&Cs:
Admin fee and Charges:
• All bookings will incur an admin fee of £9.00.
• Bookings made by Visa Credit Card, MasterCard, Diners Club, American Express, UATP/Airplus will incur an additional fee of 2.5% of the total transaction value, with a minimum charge of £4.95, whichever is greater
• Note this is a UK retail site. Non UK Cardholders transacting on this site may be subject to a cross border fee applied by their Card Issuer.
A representative discussion of the changes from the customers' point of view can be found on the MoneySavingExpert forums here: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=3725435
In my case I think it's a fairly shady move. My regular EasyJet route could normally be snagged in a sale for £18.99 one way with an Electron card. Now it's £27.99, almost fifty per cent more. Your thoughts?