Consumers could pay price for EU ban on credit card charges 

It is predicted that many businesses will respond to an EU ban on charging customers for using credit cards, due to come into force next month, by imposing other fees or minimum spending limits — or refusing to accept cards at all.

It said low-cost airlines, notorious for levying hefty card charges, are seeking ways to recoup lost revenue. 

Flybe, which currently charges three per cent for credit cards but nothing for debit card payments, said it will scrap its fee next month but warned this will mean a price rise for all passengers, regardless of how they pay. “The proposed change will inevitably result in price increases as businesses seek to recoup the associated costs they must incur,” said Flybe.

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