Flown on a major airline in the last 7 years? You could be in for a cash settlement

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INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - If you've flown a major airline in the past seven years, you could be part of a multi-million dollar settlement.

Passengers allege in a class action lawsuit against American, Delta, Southwest and United that the airlines worked together to raise prices. American Airlines settled for $45 million and Southwest settled for $15 million, though both still deny having done anything wrong. The lawsuit is still ongoing against Delta and United.

The down side: There are so many people eligible to get money as part of this settlement that most flyers won't get much money. The final amount will depend on how many tickets you bought; how much, if anything, Delta and United end up paying; and how much the attorneys get paid (they can ask the court for up to 30 percent of the final judgment).

"We will continue to defend ourselves against these claims, which we have always maintained are without merit," a spokesperson for United told NBC station WESH.

Emails have gone out to those who are eligible to take part in the suit. If you're not sure, it's anyone who purchased flights within the United States from American, Delta, Southwest, United, Continental or US Airways anytime between July 1, 2011 and December 20, 2017 for the $15 million Southwest settlement, or between July 1, 2011 and June 14, 2018 for the $45 million American settlement.

A special website has been set up detailing information on the lawsuit and settlements, including how to sign up to get more information as it develops.