No Ryanair, No! My wallet is becoming a graveyard of little-used cards from your ever-changing payment policies – and now you’re at it again.
First there was the Visa Electron – Now, I was thrilled to receive a Visa Electron as my first ever bank card aged 16 – I was less enthusiastic when I had to ask for one again in my mid 20s (it’s still worth having for the savings on easyJet, bmibaby and other low-cost airlines though)
Then last year came the switch to MasterCard prepaid cards, and with it a tedious analysis of which would offer the best value between top up fees, transaction fees, annual fees…
Now Ryanair have decided that any old MasterCard prepaid card won’t do. Instead last week they announced the launch of a MasterCard prepaid card of their own; Ryanair Cash Passport. And what do you know? From 1st November 2011 this will be the only card with no admin fee for Ryanair bookings.
There are few details yet about the card – but as an incentive to get one Ryanair are offering to waive transaction fees on any UK purchases until 31st March 2012. They also will reimburse the purchase cost of the card (£6) by sending card holders a £6 Ryanair travel voucher. I’m waiting to see what the catch is – and quite what those transaction fees add up to after the free period is over.
Ryanair’s MasterCard prepaid card will be available from 4th October 2011, and for all my grumbling, you know I’ll end up getting one – such is the lot of the low-cost flying addict. But please let this be the last one.
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Top image by Eric The Fish (2011)