A class action lawsuit filed against the four largest commercial air passenger carriers in the United States means some travelers could be receiving some money back. How much is still up in the air.
A class action lawsuit was filed against American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, and United Airlines, as well as Continental and U.S. Airways. The class action lawsuit claims the airlines "conspired to increase fares by limiting capacity on domestic flights."
Southwest Airlines agreed to pay $15 million and American Airlines agreed to pay $45 million to settle the lawsuit and avoid the expenses of going to trial. Southwest Airlines and American Airlines deny they did anything wrong.
The settlements affects passengers who purchased an airline ticket for travel within the United States, the District of Columbia, and territories from American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Continental, or U.S. Airways between July 1, 2011, and December 20, 2017 as part of the Southwest Settlement, or between July 1, 2011, and June 14, 2018, for the American Settlement.
Lawsuits are still pending against Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.
It is not yet clear how much passengers could receive from the settlement. For full details and to review your options in the settlement, click here.