Qantas has cut the cost of booking flights by credit card and added a 'fee-free' period for paying with a debit card.
The lower prices, which take effect today, will be a welcome salve to travellers stung by the almost unavoidable cost of paying via plastic.
They come in conjunction with the overhaul of the Qantas website and the Reserve Bank's release of new guidelines for card companies and merchants.
For domestic and trans-Tasman flights, the credit card surcharge nudges down from $7.70 to $7.00 per passenger and per booking. International bookings remain fixed at $30.
Debit cards enjoy a more dramatic drop, falling from $7.70 to $2.50 for domestic and trans-Tasman flights, and from $30 down to $10 for international trips.
But if you're using a Visa or MasterCard debit card to book within seven days of travel those fees are waived entirely – although you're likely to pay more for your flight by not booking further in advance.
As before, there's also no fee if you pay using BPay more than seven days before travel.
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