CONSUMER advocate group Choice has called on major airlines to stop charging high surcharges in booking flights, in the lead-up to new reforms taking effect to limit high charges.
The surcharges, associated with the processing of credit cards payments with booking flights, have more than doubled in three years, Choice argued.
Advocate head of campaigns Matt Levey said Jetstar charged a flat credit card fee of $17 per passenger for a $70 return flight from Sydney to Melbourne using Visa or MasterCard.
"That is a staggering 24% surcharge, and a 2670% mark-up on the average merchant service fee," Mr Levey said.
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