You May Get a Share of Money From Domestic Airline Ticket Settlement

You may be eligible for a refund from a class action settlement which was reached in litigation if you purchased a ticket for a domestic flight within the United States, its territories and the District of Columbia from either American Airlines between Friday, July 1, 2011 and Thursday, June 14, 2018; or Southwest Airlines between Friday, July 1, 2011 and Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

You May Get a Share of Money From Domestic Airline Ticket Settlement

This case alleges that American Airlines and Southwest Airlines — as well as Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Continental Airlines and US Airways — conspired to limit capacity on domestic flights in order to increase fares for those flights; and they may have overcharged passengers with artificially inflated prices as a result during the aforementioned time periods.

This settlement only resolves the lawsuits of American Airlines and Southwest Airlines — both of which deny that they did anything wrong. To settle this nationwide litigation, Southwest Airlines has agreed to pay $15 million; and American Airlines has agreed to pay $45 million.

Lawsuits continue to be filed against Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

You can choose to exclude yourself from — or object to — this class-action lawsuit if you would rather sue the airlines on your own, as the claims period has not yet begun at the time this article was written.

A Fairness Hearing will occur on Friday, March 22, 2019 at 10:00 in the morning Eastern Daylight Time at:

Courtroom 28A
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia
333 Constitution Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20001

Summary

You are not required to file a claim in order to participate in the settlement — you can register here to receive additional information and communications in the future — but do not expect any major windfall, as you will not exactly get rich from this settlement. In fact, you many not receive a single penny after all expenses are paid.

For additional information, you can either peruse this list of questions which are frequently asked; or you can call 1-866-459-3634.

Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.

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