Paying with a credit card just got a bit more expensive on Air New Zealand. Starting on December 15th, Air New Zealand will charge NZ$2 per person per one-way journey for domestic flights paid for by credit card, $5 for shorthaul flights and $10 for longhaul flights. Round-the-world and circle fares will be treated as return journeys (thereby incurring a $20 surcahrge).
It’s sad to see a legacy carrier like Air New Zealand pull a Ryanair stunt, but with competitors like Virgin Blue and Jetstar levying similar fees, it is tough to blame them.
Thankfully, no U.S. airline–even the notorious Spirit Airlines–has tried to add a credit card fee yet. Let’s hope it stays that way.
(Tip of the hat to Musings of a Global Traveler)