How to avoid online charges
Published 05/01/2010 | 05:00
RYANAIR charges a €5 credit card handling fee per flight, unless you have a Mastercard prepaid card. Here is how to get one.
Some companies charge €6 to buy a prepaid Mastercard, and charge up to €3.50 to load it with funds, in addition to a 2.95pc commission on each transaction. This is the case with prepaid Mastercards bought in shops.
But an Electron version of the prepaid Mastercard is better value. This is a virtual credit card, which is only available online.
You need to register at www.entropay.com and load funds on to the virtual card using a conventional credit card.
Entropay charges 4.95pc when you load its Electron Mastercard. This means it will cost you €14.85 for six tickets -- half Ryanair's €30 credit card handling fee.
Bishopstown Credit Union in Cork and some banks also issue prepaid Mastercards.