Airlines agree to include surcharges in headline price

Debit card charges to be included in advertised price

Debit card charges will be stated in headline prices. Photo: Getty Images

Twelve airlines have agreed to include debit card surcharges in their advertised price rather than adding it to the stated price at the end of the online booking process. The airlines, which include budget airlines Easyjet and Ryanair, have also agreed to make clear any extra charges for the use of credit cards much earlier for online bookers.

The change comes after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) launched an investigation following concerns that "customers were being misled about the level and/or existence of payment card surcharges".

Other airlines that have made similar agreements currently include Thomas Cook, Lufthansa and Jet2. The government has claimed to be looking into possible legislation that could push other companies to adopt similar policies.

The OFT have said that companies will still be able to charge additional costs for the use of credit cards as this can be more expensive to process, the key however will be transparency and all additional charges will have to be clearly stated much earlier in the booking process.

The OFT's chief executive Clive Maxwell has expressed his satisfaction with the outcome, claiming that the results are positive for the "millions of people who buy flights online".