Due to the implementation of the EU Payment Services Directive II (PSD II), the levying of the OPC on four-party-system consumer credit cards (esp. Visa and MasterCard) have been prohibited since January 2018. The legal background to this prohibition is the regulation of consumer credit card fees.
According to the PSD II the surcharging of corporate credit cards is still permitted, as corporate credit card fees are not regulated. Against this backdrop, the Lufthansa Group airlines continue to levy an OPC on transactions made with corporate credit cards in order to partially compensate acceptance costs that arise.
The OPC value for affected credit cards as well as PayPal remained unchanged for ticket purchases from Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS at 1.65% for the OPC countries and amount to a maximum of EUR 25/GBP 20/DKK 190/PLN 110/CZK 680/HUF 7700 per ticket. For point of origin Hungary surcharging has been completely stopped since 10. January 2018 (date of ticket issuance) due to a more restrictive implementation of the PSD II in Hungarian national law. For point of origin Switzerland, different OPC values apply as previously (see graphic).
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with your Lufthansa Group contact.