FREE MONEY: Sign Up to Receive Payment from the Airline Price-Fixing Settlement

Several airlines have settled a price fixing lawsuit and you may be entitled to a very small share of the settlement if you purchased a ticket to Asia or the South Pacific in the past 15 years. No doubt the class action share will be small, but it’s not much effort, and you will just be asked for trip details and won’t need to dig up any documents.

In 2009 a class action lawsuit was filed against Air New Zealand, Air France, and Continental for price fixing between the US and Australia, New Zealand, and Pacific Islands. The case later expanded. And in August 2014 there was an agreement for a $30 million settlement with Air France, Japan Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, and Cathay Pacific.

In September Qantas and Singapore Airlines agreed to settle — the former for $550,000 and the latter for $9.2 million.

Air New Zealand, Philippine Airlines, Eva Airways Corp., China Airlines and ANA are still contesting the claims, and argue that they’re barred by having filed the fares either with the DOT, or with the Airline Tariff Publishing Company ‘which shares them with the DOT’. (‘Filed-rate doctrine.’) I suspect that’s a stretch because the DOT is not in fact setting or approving the fares.

You’re eligible to share in the settlement proceeds if:

  • You bought a ticket from one of 26 airlines
  • At least one flight was between the US and either Asia or Oceania
  • That purchase was made January 1, 2000 and the approval of the settlement.

If you qualify, fill out the form. The final amount distributed will depend on the number of claims made.

Naturally, the attorneys are the winners here: they’re expected to share one-third of the settlement amount, with the lead class members getting $7500 each.

(HT: @DrofCredit)

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Unfortunately that’s how justice is practiced nowadays. Businesses break the law, customers get screwed, and lawyers get rich and give $2.50 and a free iTunes credit to the people. $30 million for an airline is just the cost of doing business. As long as nobody goes to jail this is just the way it will continue to be.

  2. thks for the heads up Gary, between a family of five, we’ve had c 50 plus flights emanating from the US to Aus/Asia over the past 14 years, hopefully, in aggregate, it will be actually worth something 🙂

  3. Nothing in the documents I can find excludes award flights, but I can’t imagine an award flight can be substantiated in this claim. If so, though, then it helps me greatly–I have more award flights to Oceania than I do paid flights. Can I include those?

  4. if you purchased these fares via an OTA rather than directly from the airline, are you still eligible?

  5. For RT purchases originating in Asia, will the one-way return segment count as “originating in the U.S.”?

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