Well this is my first thread and it goes like this.
I have an agency holding 2 tickets for me to travel this summer and the thing that kind of nipped me the wrong way was the Credit Card fee that they said they have which is 4.9% of the ticket price so my question is, is that normal or is that an outrageous fee???
Also if someone that is more experienced with booking lots of trips what is the normal range for companies to charge as far as the Credit Card fee???
PS: I am paying for the tickets with the CCard
I am asking about agencies in the USA primarely
I know lots of businesses that do this (my travel agent among them). It's good news for people paying in cash, because they effectively get a discount. A company which doesn't have a surcharge like that will just have to build that cost into their pricing structure, so even if you pay cash you would end up paying for it somehow.
The travel agency should have informed you earlier that they would charge extra fee if Credit Card is used..but anyway that didn't happen in your case.
Normally in India, for purchase of airtickets no one charges extra fee even if credit card is used. But small agecies charge about 1.5%-2% .Some shops also charge about the same percentage.
4.9% sounds insane to me.... but here in Norway, any company charging for you using a credit card would probably not be in business much longer than a week!
I don't see what's wrong with travel agencies passing on CC fees to the client. In Australia its common practice. Most of the good ones now also charge service fees mainly due to the fact that the airlines and hotels are cutting commissions. If a TA makes only 6% on an international air ticket AND has to pay CC fees they aren't left with much. Travel Agencys are still doing very well down under, but only the ones who know how to charge properly for services rendered, and recover CC fees.