BA to pay Amex handling fees

Hotel News - 25/07/2005

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British Airways (BA) has conceded to American Express that it will cover the one to three per cent handling charge on credit card payments.

The news will come as a relief to businessmen who had been told that they might be responsible for paying the charge, reports the Independent On Sunday. It means that executive travellers can now use their Amex for booking BA flights, as they might with their airport hotel, without incurring enormous fees.

After a lengthy court battle, Amex de-listed BA as one of its preferred suppliers for its staff, and the airline reportedly admitted that this affected sales. Amex has yet to reinstate BA as a preferred supplier.

Three quarters of businesses use corporate American Express cards to pay for business travel and British Airways flies from various airports around the UK including Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Luton, Manchester and Stansted.

Extensive airport accommodation is available at these airports, and most payment methods are accepted at no charge to the customer.

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