Avoid Prepaid Cards with High and overcharged Fees
Avoid controversial card fees with a prepaid card
01 April 2011 15:37:12
Prepaid MasterCard's enable users to avoid controversial credit card surcharges
Consumer watchdog Which? is concerned that some companies, including budget airline Ryanair and train booking site the Trainline, are charging excessive amounts of money whenever a customer chooses to make a transaction with a traditional credit or debit card.
The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has been asked to investigate the credit card and debit card surcharges that are sometimes imposed when consumers use their cards.
Peter Vicary-Smith Chief executive of which claimed that people are "fed up" with the charges and revealed that more than 40,000 people are supporting the organisation's super-complaint to the OFT.
He explained: "From my experience the airlines offering low cost flights are the worst offenders in this case with excessive surcharges when using your card. "
However, Ryanair dismissed the accusations and pointed out that customers can avoid its administration fees by using a prepaid credit card instead of a traditional credit card.
As well as enabling users to avoid credit card surcharges, prepaid cards provide a useful budgeting tool, as the cardholder can only spend the amount they have loaded on to the card in advance.
They are also beneficial for overseas travellers, as many dedicated prepaid travel cards do not charge for overseas transactions or ATM use and offer attractive exchange rates.
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