American Airlines Checked Baggage Fee Class Action Settlement
The Settlement Class consists of all residents of the United States (including the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico) who:
traveled on American Airlines (“American”); at any time between July 13, 2013 and June 7, 2018 (the “Case Timeframe”); and meet the criteria of either or both subsections (a) and (b) below:
were charged a checked bag fee inconsistently with statements in American’s Baggage Policy that passengers may check one or more bags for no additional charge, excluding oversized and overweight checked bags, specialty items, and sports equipment, for any of the following reasons:
- At the time of check-in, the passenger held a First or Business Class ticket for a domestic flight;
- At the time of check-in, the passenger held a Business Class ticket for an international flight;
- At the time of check-in, the passenger held AAdvantage elite status with American or an equivalent frequent flyer elite status with a partner airline, or traveled on the same itinerary as a passenger who held such status;
- At the time of check-in, the passenger was an active U.S. Military member or the dependent of a U.S. Military member travelling on orders; and
- At the time of check-in, the passenger was an active U.S. Military member on personal travel. were charged a checked bag fee inconsistently with a Confirmation Email received by the passenger stating eligibility to check a first bag for that ticketed trip at no additional charge.
Those Settlement Class Members who fall within the definition of the class identified in (i)-(v) above have claims for “Baggage Policy Bag” Refunds. Those Settlement Class Members who fall within the definition of the class identified in (b) above have claims for “Confirmation Email Bag” Refunds.
$18.75 to $200 plus interest
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Proof of Purchase
Max Bazerman v. American Airlines Inc.,Case No. 1:17-cv-11297-WGY, District Court for the District of Massachusetts
This Case alleges that between July 13, 2013 and June 7, 2018 (“Case Timeframe”), American incorrectly charged certain customers baggage fees, breaching American’s contract with these customers. When customers buy tickets from American for air travel, a contract is formed in which American promises certain customers that they can check a certain number of their bags at no additional charge, depending on route of travel, cabin of service, frequent flyer status or other reasons. This case alleges that during the Case Timeframe, American breached its contract with certain customers by charging them to check one or more of their bags despite promises that they could do so at no additional cost.