A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit alleging that American Airlines incorrectly charged certain passengers to check their bags.
This initial case alleges that between July 13, 2013 and June 7, 2018 American incorrectly charged certain customers baggage fees while they were actually entitled to free checked baggage.
You can access the website of the law firm (see here) with instructions how to participate in the settlement.
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.
Customers who are entitled to receive complimentary baggage allowance include AAdvantage Elite members, certain AAirpass customers, customers in premium cabins and oneWorld Elite status members.
This is the claim form to be forwarded to the law firm in order to apply for the settlement:
If you feel that you’ve been charged unjustly for baggage transportation by American since 2013 you should participate and get a small share of the cake.
Class action lawsuits in the big picture are usually most beneficial to the lawyers involved as well as maybe the lead plaintiff who commonly receives a larger lump sum (let’s say $10,000) while the rest of the settlement is being distributed among all those who eligible and decide to participate.
In any case American Airlines has to pay big bucks to make this go away, though likely not as much as they took from all passengers over the years while the customer was actually entitled to a waiver.