Beware Expedia card fees: Travel website charges customers more if they pay with American Express

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Sara Smyth for the Daily Mail

Expedia  charges customers who pay with American Express a £6.60 levy

Expedia  charges customers who pay with American Express a £6.60 levy

Expedia charges customers who pay with American Express a £6.60 levy

Travel website Expedia is using a legal loophole to charge customers more if they pay using an American Express card.

In January, fees on debit and credit card payments were banned in the UK. But British customers booking flights and holidays with Expedia face a £6.60 levy as Amex processes payments in the EU, where rules are more lenient.

The Treasury says when payments are processed outside the UK, the charges ban does not apply, so customers can still be charged extra.

Campaigners say it is misleading that people booking through the British version of Expedia’s website with a UK-issued card are subject to charges.

An Expedia spokeswoman says: ‘Customers are warned about potential charging of this kind before completing the booking.’

s.smyth@dailymail.co.uk

 

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