I needed to book a flight from Bonn to London. EasyJet had the cheapest flights I could find for the day in question, at €73.99. So here is what they showed in my basket as I went to make the purchase:
Am I being really stupid here, or is it just a tiny bit mysterious why the total of adding up 73.99 and nothing else comes to 89.99?
So I gave up on that, and went to buy the flight from Expedia.co.uk instead: they charge a little more, but I use their site a lot and I know my way around, and trust them in a way that I don’t with EasyJet. Seemed like a better plan, rather than groping blinding through EasyJet’s maze of twisty little prices, all different.
And then, when I checked out:
(Highlighting added. Let’s ignore the hideous punctuation for now.)
So it turns out that EasyJet can just reach into my pocket and take £12.95 — just like that. Money that was not included in the advertised price of the flight. Money that I did not agree to pay. That money, as you can see from the screenshot, is a “Credit card surcharge”.
For using my Visa debit card.
An unadvertised credit-card surcharge for using a debit card.
That’s iniquitous, isn’t it?