Southwest Airlines Sued Over Defunct Drink Coupons

11/21/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Chicago, IL — In an economic time where pinching pennies counts, an Illinois man has sued Southwest Airlines for pinching their own pennies. The lawsuit was filed after Southwest decided to stop honoring free alcoholic drink coupons, which they had given to select travelers without expiration dates, reported Reuters.

Adam Levitt filed the lawsuit in a Chicago federal court on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, when Southwest failed to honor his drink coupons after purchasing his tickets through its premium-priced “Business Select” program. Normally each alcoholic drink cost $5 on the flight.

Southwest changed its policy on August 1, 2010, by allowing Business Select passengers to use the drink coupons only on the day of travel printed on the coupon.

Levitt subsequently filed the lawsuit on grounds of breach of contract, and is seeking class action status for all Southwest customers in the U.S. with nonredeemable drink coupons.

“Southwest decided that it would make more money — improve its ‘bottom-line’ — by choosing not to honor the coupons that consumers had already paid and bargained for,” said the complaint filed on Wednesday in Chicago federal court, Reuters reported.

The lawsuit is seeking compensatory damages and other remedies.

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