Latest nonsense from everyone’s favourite marketeer, Michael O’Blarney of Ryanair, is the chance to avoid his rip-off £5 per person credit or debit card charge by paying with the little-used Master Card prepaid, rather than the far more popular Electron card the airline used to process free.

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has branded O’Blarney’s latest earner as “peurile”. It has been estimated that the cost to process a card payment is around 30 pence, a long way from the £20 a family of four will pay to use it to buy a flight on Ryanair. Another budget firm, Travelodge, charges £1.50 per transaction for credit cards, and nothing for debit cards.

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