|by Sean O'Neill||Airlines||4|
Last spring British Airways had to pay more than a quarter-billion dollars in fines, after having admitted to conspiring with Virgin Atlantic to hit passengers with fuel surcharges that were over and above the actual cost of fuel.
The fees overcharged more than 2 million American passengers, plus millions more British travelers.
Refunds will vary between $7 and $34 per passenger per round-trip ticket* and will be paid to anyone who flew between the U.S. and the U.K. between August 11, 2004 and March 23, 2006. Apply online by clicking here: airpassengerrefund.com. If you no longer have your ticket info, that's okay. You can use your passport number if you flew British Airways, your frequent flier number if you flew Virgin Atlantic, and other information if you don't have either of those things handy. Flights include all Virgin Atlantic flights and most British Airways flights between the U.S. and the U.K. during the dates listed above. A complete list of qualifying flights on British Airways can be found on the site.
It was announced today that some folks may be going to jail because of the fraud. "Four past and present British Airways executives have been charged with price-fixing offences by the Office of Fair Trading," reports The Telegraph. "If found guilty, they could be jailed for up to five years and face an unlimited fine."
*UPDATE Aug. 11, 8 a.m.: The above post has been corrected. It originally read "up to $20 per passenger per ticket." I regret the error.
British Airways is the same airline that says it will apply to be excluded from standard U.S. antitrust laws in the coming weeks.