Paying for a flight with a credit card is now part of everyday life for many travellers. However, airlines incur costs for credit card payments as credit institutions charge a fee for all transactions. This inclusion co-finances additional services for the customer, such as insurance services.
Therefore, the Lufthansa Group made the decision to include credit card users in the cost of credit card services already in 2011 with the introduction of the credit card fee (OPC). Starting on 7 February 2017 (date of ticket issuance), Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS will expand the fee for credit card payments (OPC) to the following countries: Denmark, Poland, Portugal, the Czech Republic and Hungary.
For Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa and SWISS, the OPC is 1.65 percent of the ticket price. The amount shall not exceed a maximum of 190 DKK, 110 PLN, 680 CZK or 7,700 HUF per ticket.
Brussels Airlines charges fixed OPC fees of 7 DKK, 35 PLN, 210 CZK and 2,500 HUF, depending on the country of departure.
The OPC will be introduced across all sales channels and will be automatically levied in the reservation systems (GDS).