If you think you may have been incorrectly charged checked baggage fees by American Airlines in the past five years, you may be able to get your money back.
Last month, a judge approved a lawsuit settlement against American over alleged deception in baggage fees: Certain passengers were told they would get free checked bags when booking or before airport arrival, but then were forced to pay the fees at the airport for flights between July 13, 2013, and June 7, 2018.
Some of the reasons stated for expecting bag fees not to be charged were based on route of travel, cabin of service (such as first class), or frequent flyer status.
Here’s how the claims process works
- You can complete the claim form online if you received notification by email or mail of your eligibility. You’ll enter your notification ID and confirmation code from the notice you received. You also can download and mail in the claim form. You must live in the United States, but the form doesn’t state you have to be a U.S. citizen. The deadline to submit your claim is Oct. 19, 2018, but the process may not be complete until mid-December. The claim isn’t guaranteed to be paid. Your claim must still be researched.
- Make the research process easy by submitting all the frequent flyer numbers you may have used when booking your American Airlines flight. American works with other airlines in a network called OneWorld. If you used a partner airline’s frequent flyer number, such as for British Airways, include these numbers on the form.
- Refund amounts will range from $18.75 to $200. Refund amounts are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Payments will be issued by PayPal or check.
Concerned about paying baggage fees in the future? Learn more about American Airlines’ recent decision to allow a free carry-on item in addition to a personal item.
How to maximize your rewardsYou want a travel credit card that prioritizes what’s important to you. Here are our picks for the best travel credit cards of 2018, including those best for:
- Airline miles and a large bonus: Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card (Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®).
- Flat-rate travel rewards: Capital One® Venture® Rewards Credit Card (Earn unlimited 2 miles per dollar on every purchase).
- Premium travel rewards: Chase Sapphire Reserve® (Get 3 points per dollar on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases).
- No annual fee: Bank of America® Travel Rewards credit card (Earn unlimited 1.5 points per dollar spent on all purchases, with no annual fee).
- Luxury perks: The Platinum Card® from American Express (Get 5 points per dollar on flights booked directly with airlines or through American Express Travel, plus get access to the Global Lounge Collection). Terms Apply.
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