Ryanair launches own prepay card as only way for customers to avoid fee

Passengers flying with Ryanair will have to use the airline’s own MasterCard to avoid paying booking fees from early October.

The airline currently charges anyone paying with a debit, credit or Visa Electron card an "admin fee" of £6 per one-way flight that can only be avoided by using a Mastercard prepaid debit card.

But the airline has announced it is launching its own prepaid MasterCard, the Ryanair Cash Passport, on 4 October and only passengers using that card will avoid the £6 fee. From 1 November, anyone using another brand of prepaid Mastercard will also be charged the £6.