It's About Time
Blue Islands are delighted to hear of Flybe and Aurigny's move to drop debit card charges from their pricing policies.
"It's about time that our competitors reviewed the way they are excessively charging for the use if debit and credit cards. Passengers want clarity and transparency which is what Blue Islands pioneered from the start. We feel proud that we have lead by example and have always campaigned for card charges that reflect the true cost and are not stealth revenue generating."
Says Blue Islands managing director, Rob Veron.
"Unlike their competitors, Blue Islands has always offered no credit card charges, as well as no debit card charges and always have." Mr Veron continues,
"Our philosophy has always been to provide a completely honest and transparent no hidden charges policy. The price first quoted at booking is always the final price paid. There are no additional charges when booking with Blue Islands - no baggage charges, no excess baggage charges, no administration charges to change flights and seat selection is free. Even our lounges and inflight refreshments are complimentary."
In late December 2011, the UK Government announced that it would take action on excessive and misleading card surcharges, (on all forms of payment, not just debit cards) made by airlines, with a ruling to ban the practice by the end of 2012. This was in response to a recommendation made by the Office of Fair Trading.
"It will be interesting see over the coming months how the airlines will recoup the revenue they loose from this change which I imagine will be with increased fares. I understand that Aurigny are dropping the credit card charge from £4 to £2 but then adding the £2 onto the fare. I would urge passengers to look closely for any increased cost of seat allocation, baggage and change fees to recover cost."
Booking with Blue Islands provides a completely flexible way of travelling with a unique honest and transparent pricing policy.