I have just tried to buy domestic flight tickets online at Airasia, Garuda and Lion Air airline websites using a European (Spanish) Visa or Mastercard credit card and have encountered the same problem with all of them. When I try to buy a ticket online and try to make the payment, the cost indicated in the message I receive from Verified by Visa to confirm payment with my credit card is always 100 times the actual cost in rupiah !!! If the cost of the flight is let's say 500,000 Indonesian rupiah, the charge I receive to my Visa is 50,000,000 rupiah. It is as if the cost in rupiah would contain a decimal fraction, i.e. 500,000.00, which is converted to extra zeros in the amount in rupiah when the Visa transaction is made, even if the amount shown in the website doesn't contain any decimal fraction.
I was very much surprised the first time I was faced with this problem a few days ago with AirAsia. Then I could bypass the problem because in AirAsia website I could select the currency in which to pay, and when I changed from rupiah to euros, it worked ok. But today I tried to buy flight tickets with Garuda and Lion Air and found again the same problem, and none of them allow any other currency but rupiah! So I have not been able to buy any tickets from them since I would be charged 100-fold their real cost!!!
Has anybody else encountered the same problem???
Any ideas how to solve this? can anybody recommend a reliable travel agency in indonesia to buy domestic airline tickets and that will not overcharge too much for them? I am afraid of waiting until being in Indonesia for buying flight tickets, since costs may be much higher or I may not get seats on the dates I need.
Any info will be welcome!