Published on Monday, August 8, 2011
Lufthansa and Swiss will later this year introduce a Â£4.50 fee on all payment card bookings made through travel agents for economy seats.
The charge, from November 2, will be for both credit and debit card bookings and follows British Airways' decision to levy a charge for card bookings through agents earlier this year.
However BA only charges on credit card bookings, but Lufthansa's charges will also apply to bookings made with a debit card.
A spokesman for Lufthansa said: "The costs we receive from credit card bookings are considerable, so we have to pass on a certain amount to those booking.
"It does also apply to debit card bookings because our system cannot distinguish between the cards in the UK."
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