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American Airlines Class Action Lawsuit Claims Baggage Fees Breaches Contract

American Airlines Class Action: Some Baggage Fees are Free?

A recent American Airlines Class Action Lawsuit has hit the scene and charges the airline for allegedly continuing to charge baggage fees, which breaches its contract with its customers.

Baggage fees are said to be waived for certain tiers of customers which includes American Airlines frequent flyers, first or business class ticket holders, and owners of American Airlines credit cards, “yet, AA systematically required these passengers to pay to check bags and thus breached its contract with affected passengers.”

Consumers complained of booking tickets with the airline company with promises of no baggage fees only to end up paying every time.

This lawsuit can be found under: Cleary, et al. v. American Airlines Inc., Case No. 2:20-cv-08139, C.D. CA.

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What You Need to Know About American Airlines Baggage Fees

The class action lawsuit claims that “Knowing that waiving baggage fees would entice fliers, AA offered free checked bags to certain customers. Including customers who flew frequently in AA’s loyalty program AAdvantage, customers who purchased first or business class tickets, and customers who held AA’s branded credit cards. AA also failed to program its checked bag terms in the standardized software system that AA uses to determine whether passengers must pay for checked bags when they check-in at the airport.”

The class action lawsuit refers to the “what will it cost?” section of the “checked bag policy” on the American Airlines website which entitles the following passengers to waived baggage fees:

  • AAdvantage Gold members
  • Oneworld Ruby members
  • Certain AA-partner credit card holders on domestic flights
  • AAdvantage Platinum and Platinum Pro members
  • Oneworld Sapphire members
  • Business and First Class ticket holders

Editor’s note on the American Airlines Class Action Lawsuit:

This piece is written about the American Airlines Class Action Lawsuit. If you or a family member are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the class action lawsuit investigation, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.

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