MakeMyTrip now charges a Transaction Charge on top of Convenience Fee?

The journey of trying to eke out a new bit of money from customers never stops, neither in airlines nor at the websites which enable you to book those tickets. Last night, I found myself tapping away at the keyboard furiously as the Missus told me that she had to be airborne for a quick meeting that had been kicked around and postponed a few times. So, as the designated travel planner of the home, I went about looking and booking her a ticket. However, there was something new I noticed for the first time.

MakeMyTrip introduces a new Transaction Charge on corporate bookings?

As I moved forward with the booking on our corporate portal with MakeMyTrip, I noticed a new charge pop-up at the end of the booking flow. MakeMyTrip is now charging an extra 1% of the ticketed amount when you use any credit card on the site. At first, I thought it was due to the fact that I was using an American Express Card, but it turns out using a MasterCard/Visa also attracted the same charge. And it goes away when you use UPI to pay, for instance.

Take a look, here, for instance, at the total fare that turned up.


a screenshot of a phone

Here is the screen grab with an HDFC Bank MasterCard, after I realised that this added 1% charge was showing up on my American Express Card. I greyed out only some parts which are codes specifically issued to us. You will note an INR 150  convenience fee added, and a 1% transaction charge added on top of that!

a screenshot of a credit card

But when I switched to UPI, this extra 1% went away.

a screenshot of a phone

I was so sure that this charge was new, that I went on and checked a ticket I booked just this past Monday, and it turns out, the charge was not there on that ticket. What is even more blatant is… that on the invoice, it does not show up as a transaction charge but as a booking handling charge? Make up your mind, MMT?

a screenshot of a receipt

Why is this just another cash grab?

For reference, MakeMyTrip, or even if you book tickets with an airline, routinely charge Convenience Fee, for the better part of a decade. This cost, as per them, is levied on electronic transactions, to cover the cost of electronic payment infrastructure. The convenience, here, is about the charge of booking a ticket from wherever you are, rather than having to visit their offices. Credit Cards or Debit Cards usually charge a Merchant Discount Rate, which gets covered by the Convenience Fees.

However, when for a decade, it was being charged under one head, what is atrocious is to add a new head, and selectively charge these on some tickets issued. While MMT does not seem to be charging these on B2C portal for now, they are charging it on their B2B portal for Credit card issued tickets, and attributing it to payment gateway charges. So basically, some of us, are being double charged for electronic payments, then? And while this might be a test run right now, you might see this on a whole wider range of tickets later?


MakeMyTrip has sneakily started to charge a Convenience Fees plus a new Transaction Charge, which they alternatively also refer to as a Booking Handling Charge when it comes to raising an invoice, but I could find no explanation on their website about what was it for.

Have you noticed a new transaction surcharge on your tickets booked with MakeMyTrip or MMT-owned GoIbibo yet?

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  1. Thanks for informing us. This is really bad. One thing to try if same applies for Rupay cards incase Govt instructed MMT to promote so on. Alternatively i feel it’s better to topup amazon vouchers using infinia and pay via amazon upi.

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