Avis Budget Surcharge Settlement
On February 17, 2017 the Claims Administrator began distributing Settlement Benefits to all Settlement Class Members who submitted a timely eligible claim form. If you elected to receive a cash payment, your payment was issued as a postcard-check. Please allow 7-10 days for your check to arrive. If you elected to receive a discount code, emails containing discount codes were sent on February 17, 2017. If you elected to receive a discount code, but did not provide a valid email address, a postcard containing your discount code was mailed to you.
On June 21, 2016, the Court issued an Order Granting Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement, Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal (Final Approval Order) approving the settlement. On June 29, 2016, a Notice of Appeal was filed in response to the Final Approval Order. All appeals have now been resolved. You may view copies of the Court’s Final Approval Order, the Court’s Opinion re Final Approval, and the Notice of Appeal on the Court Documents page.
IF YOU’RE A MEMBER OF THE AVIS PREFERRED SERVICE PROGRAM OR THE BUDGET RAPID REZ WITH FASTBREAK PROGRAM, YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO DISCOUNT CODES OR CASH FROM A CLASS ACTION SETTLEMENT
A settlement has been reached with Avis Budget Group, LLC Inc., in two class action lawsuits, Schwartz v. Avis Rent A Car Sys., LLC, 11 Civ. 4032 (D.N.J.), and Klein v. Budget Rent A Car Sys., Inc., 12 Civ. 7300 (D.N.J.), filed in federal district court in New Jersey, claiming that Avis and Budget should not have charged a Frequent Traveler Program Surcharge to members of the Avis Preferred Service Program and the Budget Rapid Rez With Fastbreak Program in connection with online rental vehicle reservations in which those members received frequent-flyer miles from Avis and Budget travel partners. This Surcharge was typically a $0.75/day charge for accepting the frequent-flier miles that Avis and Budget invited its Avis Preferred and Budget Rapid Rez members to accrue when reserving rental vehicles. Avis and Budget deny all claims and any wrongdoing in connection with the imposition of this Surcharge.
All members of the Avis Preferred Service Program who rented a vehicle in the United States through www.avis.com, and paid a Frequent Traveler Program Surcharge for receiving frequent-flyer miles from any of Avis’s travel partners at any time between July 14, 2005 and June 14, 2012, are members of the Avis Settlement Class. All members of the Budget Rapid Rez With Fastbreak Program, who rented a vehicle in the United States through www.budget.com, and paid a Frequent Traveler Program Surcharge for receiving frequent-flyer miles from any of Budget’s travel partners at any time between November 27, 2006 and February 17, 2013 are members of the Budget Settlement Class. It is possible to be a member of both Settlement Classes. The members of the Settlement Classes are eligible to submit a claim for one or more discounts on future vehicle rentals or a cash award.
If the settlement is approved by the Court, you may qualify for your choice of either (a) a 10% discount off of the standard Avis or Budget RAC rate for future vehicle rentals made through www.avis.com and www.budget.com, which may be used one or more times, or (b) a cash payment. You must choose one of these two options, however, and cannot get both. However, if you are a member of both the Avis Settlement and the Budget Settlement Class, you can seek one form of relief from Avis and a different form from Budget if you choose. For additional information regarding the settlement benefits, please read the FAQs page on this website.
|YOUR RIGHTS AND OPTIONS IN THIS SETTLEMENT||DEADLINE|
|SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM||The only way to receive a payment or credit for future use.||July 5, 2016
|EXCLUDE YOURSELF||Get out of the lawsuits and the Settlement. This is the only option that allows you to ever bring or join another lawsuit against the Defendants that raises the same legal claims in this case. You will receive no payment.||April 6, 2016
|OBJECT OR COMMENT||Write to the Court about why you do or do not like the settlement, the amount of attorneys' fees, or the incentive payments to the named plaintiffs.||April 6, 2016
|GO TO A HEARING||Ask to speak in Court about the fairness of the settlement, the amount of attorneys' fees, or the incentive payments to the named plaintiffs at a May 25, 2016 hearing.||May 5, 2016|
|DO NOTHING||You will not receive any future rental discounts or cash payments and will have no right to sue later.|
These rights and options—and the deadlines to exercise them—are explained in the Notice. The Court in charge of this case still has to decide whether to approve the settlement.
The Court held a Final Approval Hearing before the Honorable Jose L. Linares on May 25, 2016 at 10:00 AM EST., in Courtroom 5D of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, Martin Luther King Building & U.S. Courthouse, 50 Walnut Street, Newark, New Jersey. At this hearing, the Court considered whether the settlement is fair, reasonable, and adequate. On June 21, 2016, the Court issued an Order Granting Motion for Final Approval of Class Action Settlement, Final Judgment and Order of Dismissal (Final Approval Order) approving the settlement. On June 29, 2016, a Notice of Appeal was filed in response to the Final Approval Order. No payments will be issued unless and until the appeal is resolved. Please continue to check this website periodically for updates regarding the settlement and the status of the appeal. You may view copies of the Court’s Final Approval Order, the Court’s Opinion re Final Approval, and the Notice of Appeal on the Court Documents page.
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