Spirit Agrees to Pay $8.25 Million for Surprise Bag Fees
Spirit Airlines has agreed to pay up to a $8.25 million settlement over a class action lawsuit filed by passengers who claim the low-cost carrier charged them surprise carry-on bag fees on tickets purchased through third-party travel agencies.
Class members include first-time Spirit fliers who booked their flights through Expedia, Travelocity, Kiwi, CheapOair, CheapTickets or BookIt between August 31, 2011 and May 3, 2017. based on the terms of the settlement, eligible passengers will receive refunds of up to 75% of the fees they were charged for carry-on bags. However the payment could be lower based on attorney fees and other expenses.
Plaintiffs in the 2017 lawsuit accused the carrier of advertising misleading low prices on travel websites that concealed these fees. They say that Spirit charged them baggage fees were sometimes as much as the tickets themselves. They lawsuit originally called for $100 million in punitive damages, though that was dropped from a later version.
The settlement states that a website will be created to provide more information for potential class members. It will also have provide the option to submit claim forms and, optionally, banking information to facilitate electronic payments for those who are eligible.
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