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Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

For everyone's info!

https://www.swiss.com/web/EN/about_s..._20110803.aspx
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Old 04.08.2011, 11:30
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

Im out of good rep for the day, but most informative post of the day for sure
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Old 04.08.2011, 11:31
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

I thought the card companies didn't allow passing the charges on.
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Old 04.08.2011, 11:36
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

Unbelievable! And they seem to think that a viable alternative is to pay in cash - how convenient is that?
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Old 04.08.2011, 11:40
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

It's not just with SWISS, it with all Lufthansa companies.

"Similar charges are also being introduced to all other companies owned by Germany’s Lufthansa"

So, blame the Germans, not the Swiss!

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Old 04.08.2011, 11:43
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

How can they call it an "Optional" Payment Charge if it applies to all credit card payments, it's a non optional charge for using a credit card.
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Old 04.08.2011, 11:47
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How can they call it an "Optional" Payment Charge if it applies to all credit card payments, it's a non optional charge for using a credit card.
It sounds better than compulsory.. And there is an option - go somewhere else (just kidding).
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

I think other companies will follow, not only Lufthansa/SWISS, since it is the CC companies who charge not the airline.
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

How do you pay with a Swiss maestro card? The UBS ones don't have a number to enable you to pay online - or am I missing something?
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

big yin, well paying with Maestro..means that you have to book your ticket "physically" at a ticket office hence paying with your Maestro. They maybe did not mention it, not to piss readers off!
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

And I've just been to trouble of getting a credit card almost specifically to book tickets...

Having said that, it is not all bad news. It says that the charges are for trips beginning in Switzerland. These days I try to book return journeys beginning in UK - often seem cheaper than the other way round....even more so now!
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Old 04.08.2011, 12:02
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

Ryanair, you've got competition.

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Unbelievable! And they seem to think that a viable alternative is to pay in cash - how convenient is that?
Postage stamps in an envelope maybe?

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How can they call it an "Optional" Payment Charge if it applies to all credit card payments, it's a non optional charge for using a credit card.
The other options are called Air France, BA etc.
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

I like Richard Branson's quote - "When people ask me how to become a millionaire, I tell them - "Become a billionaire and then buy an airline""

The truth is that since the first commercial airline flew - if you deduct goverment subsidy for airport construction and aeroplane manufacturers - the industry has made a net loss in the past 100 years. It makes no economic sense to run an airline and even the profitable ones like EasyJet and Ryanair are now starting to struggle.

So its not a surprise that prices increase...

BUT what I never understand is why they charge it separately like this - NOBODY understands how air ticket charges are calculated. So if I log on and check a ticket to London and it is CHF500 or CHF510, I don't pay too much attention to it. But if they charge me CHF10 for using a card - that annoys me. It just seems bad and naive PR to me
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

It's only for trips commencing in Switzerland....very fair!
Maestro & Postcard can only be used if you buy the ticket at a Swiss desk. Nice!
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

KLM has charged for using a credit card for a while now. Their alternatives are to book online and then go into one of their offices and pay with Maestro, or make a bank transfer after booking online stating a refrence code (this has worked fine for me).
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KLM has charged for using a credit card for a while now. Their alternatives are to book online and then go into one of their offices and pay with Maestro, or make a bank transfer after booking online stating a refrence code (this has worked fine for me).
How luddite can you get?

First they introduce an online booking system so you don't have to queue in their offices (and so they can save the staff) and then they make you come into the office anyway.
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

When I was booking my ticket with emirates it let me pay by bank transfer. I can't remember which company they used but it was instant and done while booking the ticket. Very convenient and no extra charge
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Re: Credit card passengers to pay more with SWISS

Perhaps there would be loopholes, e.g. buying the ticket
through a US based travel agency. In the US, 10 states
have laws prohibiting companies to impose credit card
surcharges.

The Swedish gov't issued a law that forbids surcharging
credit card payments in August 2010, and KLM cancelled
it's surcharge through tickets issued through Swedish
agencies.
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When I was booking my ticket with emirates it let me pay by bank transfer. I can't remember which company they used but it was instant and done while booking the ticket. Very convenient and no extra charge
That is the greatest mystery to me- you can pay a company like Emirates by bank transfer and they get it instantly, but when I send funds to some bloke's account it can take days. Where is the money during that time?? Someone is earning interest on it, times a bajillion similar transfers everyday.
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