Jet2.com and Jet2holidays has moved towards “fee-free” bookings by all payments cards – and urged other travel companies to follow suit.

The budget airline and its sister tour operation are dropping card fees for all bookings paid for with a credit card, debit card or American Express.

The move makes it the first company to offer customers fee-free flight and holiday bookings with any of these major cards or through PayPal.

Chief executive, Steve Heapy, said: “We led the way in ditching credit card fees a year ago, when Jet2.com and Jet2holidays became the first airline and package holiday operator in the UK to drop all credit card charges on flights and holidays.

“After listening to our customers we have taken this commitment a step further, removing the fee for all Amex transactions too, meaning that we offer a 100% fee-free service when booking with a card.

“Booking a holiday or a flight is a moment of real joy and excitement, so we urge other airlines and holiday companies to follow our lead and make it easier for them to enjoy that moment without having to pay a fee.”

James Daley, managing director of Fairer Finance, said: “It’s great news that Jet2.com is scrapping its fees for paying by Amex.

“This means they have no charges at all for paying by card, and I hope that others will follow their example.”