American Airlines Baggage Fees Settlement, Check If You’re Eligible

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American Airlines Baggage Fees Settlement

American Airlines Baggage Fees Settlement

If you have flown American Airlines in the past several years and paid for your luggage, you could get a check in the mail. A class action lawsuit alleges that between July 13, 2013 and June 7, 2018, American Airlines 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. 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.

Who is Eligible?

The Settlement Class consists of all residents of the United States (including the fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico) who:

  1. traveled on American Airlines between July 13, 2013 and June 7, 2018; and
  2. meet the criteria of either or both subsections (1) and (2) below:
    1. were charged a checked bag fee inconsistently with statements in American’s Baggage Policy that passengers may check one or more bags for no additional charge, excluding oversized and overweight checked bags, specialty items, and sports equipment, for any of the following reasons:
      • At the time of check-in, the passenger held a First or Business Class ticket for a domestic flight;
      • At the time of check-in, the passenger held a Business Class ticket for an international flight;
      • At the time of check-in, the passenger held AAdvantage elite status with American or an equivalent frequent flyer elite status with a partner airline, or traveled on the same itinerary as a passenger who held such status;
      • At the time of check-in, the passenger was an active U.S. Military member or the dependent of a U.S. Military member travelling on orders; and
      • At the time of check-in, the passenger was an active U.S. Military member on personal travel.
    2. were charged a checked bag fee inconsistently with a Confirmation Email received by the passenger stating eligibility to check a first bag for that ticketed trip at no additional charge.

Submit Claim

You can see the amount that you could get here. There’s no limit on the total that you could get back from American Airlines, but

  1. Mail your completed Claim Form in the postage-paid envelope to the Settlement Administrator; or
  2. Submit your Claim Form online by clicking here.


If you have flown American Airlines in the last 5 years and have paid for baggage fees, then take a look at the details. You could have been charged in error, or maybe an email you received wrongly stated that you would get free baggage check in.

Let us know if you qualify for a rebate.

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  1. What about if you were preferred and an AA credit card holder? Both offer a free checked bag, yet I was always required to pay for the second. Do you think this applies to Rhianna settlement?


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