OPC Charges on UK credit cards

Old Jun 5, 19, 2:55 pm
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OPC Charges on UK credit cards

Hello all, I'm a regular FT lurker but not so much contributor. Also usually flying BA.

I recently booked a flight for work LHR-MUC with my work Mastercard and was charged an OPC, applicable to cards from outside the EEA. I find it a bit strange as the UK is still in the EU and EEA until October (or whenever). LH on Twitter were less than helpful and as the amount was relatively small, my office manager said to not pursue it.

Tonight I helped someone book a flight, same route but Business Flex, so naturally the charge was quite a bit more. I have helped this person before and this was never an issue before. Do you think it might be worth taking it up with LH?
Happy to read what you think
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Old Jun 6, 19, 12:02 pm
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Reason is that you paid with your work card (i.e. Business credit card or Corporate card). The cost of accepting such cards is much higher for LH than personal cards (the EU currently regulates the cost of acceptance for personal cards). LH is permitted to surcharge for Business/Corporate/Purchasing cards etc (aka Commercial cards) and of course non-EU cards. What they are not allowed to do is surcharge for personal cards issued by your EU bank. Try the same booking again and input your personal card details (without confirming the payment obviously) and you will see that you will not be surcharged
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