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Many went to bed disappointed last night after realizing that the Danish currency mistake fares they booked through United would, in fact, not be honored despite a mass passenger appeal to the Department of Transportation. But there may be a new travel kickback in your future. If you have purchased and flown on a ticket between the US and Asia, Australia, New Zealand, or the Pacific Islands since January 1, 2000 you may be eligible as a participant in a class action settlement to an antitrust case alleging transpacific price fixing between major carriers.
I like to monitor open class action settlements via a website known as Top Class Actions. I’ve been surprised at how many settlement offers I’ve been eligible for with various retailers I’ve done business with.
Today I was skimming the latest settlements (talcum powder, energy drinks, banks – all things I’ve used) and stumbled across one where I know I’ve spent thousands of my personal dollars – transpacific flights!
The involved airlines have agreed to pay over $39 million into the class action settlement pool. There are five different settlement pools that cover both the defendant airlines and their alleged co-conspirators:
- Air France/Singapore Airlines/Vietnam Airlines
- Thai Airways
- Cathay Pacific/Qantas
The total list of settling defendants, non-settling defendants, and alleged co-conspirators is comprised of 27 different airlines across all three major alliances. Notably absent are the Gulf state carriers.