Posted by William Charles on February 4, 2020
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Published on February 4th, 2020 | by William Charles

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Transpacific Airline Price-Fixing Class Action Settlement – $50 Million Pool For Flights 2000 To 2016

Update 2/4/20: Last day to file a claim is April 1, 2020. Hat tip to Travel With Grant

The Settlement

Direct link to settlement information page

Several airlines have been accused of price fixing flights between U.S. and Asia, Australia, New Zealand, or the Pacific Islands from 2000 to 2016. They have all denied any wrongdoing, but have agreed to a settlement (All Nippon Airways is yet to agree to a settlement). They have agreed to pay $49 million into the settlement fund plus $750,000 to help pay for the costs involved. The estimated average payment per claim is $8.50 based on the claims previously received.

Who Is Eligible

You are eligible for a settlement if you purchase a ticket for air travel from one of 26 airlines between January 1st 200 and December 1st 2016 and the ticket included at least one flight segment originating in the U.S. to Asia or Oceania. The airlines are as follows:

  • Settling Defendants:
    • Air New Zealand Limited;
    • China Airlines, Ltd. (Taiwan);
    • EVA Airways Corporation; and
    • Philippine Airlines, Inc.
  • The alleged Defendants and Co-Conspirators are:
    • American Airlines, Inc.;
    • Asiana Airlines, Inc.;
    • British Airways, Plc.;
    • Continental Airlines, Inc.;
    • Delta Airlines, Inc.;
    • Deutsche Lufthansa AG;
    • International Air Transport Association;
    • Korean Airlines, Ltd.;
    • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines;
    • Northwest Airlines Corporation;
    • Scandinavian Airlines System;
    • Swiss International AG;
    • United Airlines, Inc.; and
    • Virgin Atlantic Airways, Ltd.
  • The following airlines previously agreed to settlements and the Court has given !nal approval to these settlements:
    • Cathay Paci!c Airways Limited;
    • Japan Airlines International Company, Ltd.;
    • Malaysian Airline System Berhad;
    • Qantas Airways Limited;
    • Singapore Airlines Limited;
    • Societe Air France;
    • Thai Airways International Public Co., Ltd.; and
    • Vietnam Airlines Company Limited.
  • The Non-Settling Defendant is:
    • All Nippon Airways Company, Limited (Non-Settling Defendant)

How To File A Claim

If you’re eligible you should have received a postcard in the mail with a claimant ID number, you can enter that here to proceed with your claim. If you didn’t receive that, you can still file a claim with your address, e-mail and other details here.

Our Verdict

I don’t see anything in the fine print that excludes award flights, so I suspect a lot of readers will be eligible (correction, these are excluded in the FAQ). Some will think it’s not worth the effort for $8.5 but I think it’s always worth participating in these class actions as you never know how much you’ll receive and as a consumer it’s one of the small things you can do to show that this sort of thing isn’t tolerated.

Hat tip to Esther from DEM Flyers on Twitter

 

 



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Jack
Jack

yay $8.50 per person. probably worth it for the airlines to do it again

H XU
H XU

the big portion is taken by those attorneys

Mak
Mak

I hope the attorneys made a lot of money so that they feel incentivized to take on the next case. If they lose, they get paid nothing, and unlike government attorneys cost the taxpayer nothing.

Linus
Linus

Award flights are not eligible, says the A&Q.

Dirah
Dirah

From the FAQ’s:
Were tickets purchased with Frequent Flyer and/or Credit Card miles considered part of this Settlement?

ANSWER:
No, tickets purchased with Frequent Flyer and/or Credit Card miles are not part of this case.

Prasanna
Prasanna

Got this in the snail mail yesterday. As it already had a reference number and all my information populated, it was easy to file the claim.

Jace
Jace

Darn, I got hit by this twice apparently. I’ve moved since then so I didn’t get a postcard, but I filled out the form. I’ll take $16.

L2thedub
L2thedub

Is the $8.50 payout per flight or only per person? Off the top of my head, I’ve taken at least 3 flights on those routes within that time frame.

dizzy
dizzy

I got this, wasn’t sure if award flights were ok or not, so I submitted a mix. They don’t ask you for deets anyway. Hey y’all, do CAS’s! I make a couple hundred per year with this easy. Usually only 1-3 bigger ones but most around like $20, a nice surprise, covers a meal out or something.

qmc
qmc

award flights do not

Cindy
Cindy

Do tickets purchased through Citi or Chase qualify? technically not award travel, just through an agency right?

Mark
Mark

Interesting if this is per flight. It reads in your writing as only the US -> Asia segment qualifies, not the return portion Asia -> US; is that correct? I’m in for about 15-20 flights in that time frame if only one way. UA1k must be in line for 10k or 20k dollars.

Mark
Mark

Thanks for the reply. I’ll look for the postcard next time I’m at home. Also I might have got carried away on the UA1k numbers there. 🙂

Lisa
Lisa

I bought a ticket for a relative to fly from Asia to USA and back in that timeframe. Am I Eligible since the ticket is not in my name?

Ed Straker
Ed Straker

I’ve got news for all of you. You’ll never see a dime; and if you do, maybe in 25 years. What a huge farce this is—-the postcard required a magnifying glass to read.

The Google AdSense Class Action settlement for account closures, from which Google refused to pay the outstanding balance leftover, between 2006 – 2012 has a better shot. Especially for those who still have their AdSense account numbers from a decade ago as proof…….Google owes those users anywhere from hundreds to thousands each. Better bucks.

Simon
Simon

Is it $8.50 per flight?

Chris
Chris

Is the link working for anyone else? I get an error when trying on Chrome/Firefox incognito/private browsing.

Chris
Chris

Ignore my last comment. The website must have been down last night.

JC
JC

Trying to file a claim as I have over a half dozen tickets purchased and never received a postcard in the mail. However, after entering my information, it wants to know the airline I purchased the tickets from and over 8 of them were from American Airlines which is not listed on the drop down box even though it is listed in the Alleged defendants on this website. So does that mean that American is not participating in this settlement?

Skaner
Skaner

I’m having the same issue for a UA ticket.

iks
iks

same issue with Asiana

Frugal Nellie, aka Lela
Frugal Nellie, aka Lela

same for Delta AND Korean

ONLY 13 airlines listed if you didn’t get a postcard: Air France, Air NZ, ANA, Cathay, China Airlines, EVA, JAL, Malaysia, Philippine, Qantas, Singapore, Thai & Vietnam

William Charles Should the post be updated?

B
B

Same issue here – UA is not listed as shown in the original post. William Charles is this post inaccurate/out of date?

Max
Max

Thanks. Got several tickets from EVA and China Airline. Time to claim some free money

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