Q: What are the details on the price-fixing settlement for people who flew on American, Delta, United and USAir between January 1988 and June 30, 1992?
A: Those airlines agreed on June 22 to pay about $450 million to passengers who bought a ticket for domestic travel between Jan. 1, 1988, and June 30, 1992. On July 15, Continental Airlines also agreed to take part in the settlement, adding about $8 million to the package.
Those who think they qualify for a share of the settlement should write to Airline Antitrust Litigation, P.O. Box 209, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107, giving an address where you can be reached. Do not send your receipts or used air tickets. The settlement is subject to approval by a federal court in Atlanta. After that, potential claimants will be given information on what to do.
The class-action suit contended that the airlines used the computerized listings of the Airline Tariff Publishing Co., which the carriers own, to control prices. Pitts Carr, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, estimates that the suit covers 10 million customers.
Most of the settlement, if it is accepted, will be in the form of vouchers that can be used on any of the five airlines for up to 10 percent of the price of a ticket and 20 percent of round-trip flights costing less than $100, according to Mr. Carr.
Q: Are there bus tours that take in Las Vegas, Santa Fe, Taos, the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon this September?
A: A number of companies offer bus tours in the Southwest, but few of them cover all the places that interest you. Generally, Santa Fe and Taos are part of itineraries that mainly cover New Mexico and often Colorado, while the other sites are on tours that visit the Grand Canyon and southern Utah. All of the tours are fully escorted by guides, and the prices, for one person based on two sharing a room, include hotels. The tour companies' phone numbers are included for information, but the companies prefer that travelers reserve through travel agents (there is no difference in cost).
* Tauck Tours, (800) 467-2825, offers a seven-day Canyonlands tour that starts in Phoenix and finishes in Las Vegas. Included are Sedona, Ariz., the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, including a flyover and a raft trip on the Colorado; Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The trips, given April through October, are $1,185, which includes all meals. A New Mexico tour, eight days, starts in El Paso and ends in Albuquerque, visiting Santa Fe and Taos, among other places. The tour is offered April through October and costs $1,120, including all but two meals in Santa Fe.
* Maupintours, (800) 255-4266, offers an eight-day itinerary called Arizona-The Canyons, starting and finishing in Scottsdale. Included are the Petrified Forest, Canyon de Chelly, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, the Grand Canyon and Sedona. This tour, offered in May, June, September and October, costs $1,225. A 14-day trip, $2,349, also includes Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon Train from William, Ariz., to the canyon. The 12-day Southwest Indian Lands tour begins and ends in Albuquerque and includes Santa Fe, Second Mesa, Hubble Trading Post, Gallup and Acoma Pueblo. The cost is $1,598. (The company has no tours that include Las Vegas.)
* Mayflower Tours, (708) 960-3793, offers a National Parks of the Southwest itinerary, which starts and finishes in Las Vegas. The 10-day tour takes in the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, a trip on the Durango & Silverton narrow-gauge railroad and Mesa Verde, Arches, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks. The cost is $1,089 and includes seven dinners. The next departures are Aug. 12 and 19 and Sept. 2 and 9. The Las Vegas Holiday, eight days, starts in Scottsdale, Ariz., and finishes in Las Vegas, and includes Tucson, Phoenix, Flagstaff and the Grand Canyon. The trips are offered year round, and the cost is $689, including four dinners.
* Collette Tours, (800) 832-4656, offers an eight-day Arizona and Utah Canyon Country tour that starts in Scottsdale and ends in Las Vegas. Stops includes Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and Canyonlands, Arches, Capitol Reef, Bryce and Zion National Parks. The tour, $699 to $939 depending on dates, is offered March to mid-December and includes 13 meals. A nine-day Colorado National Parks tour, from Albuquerque to Denver, is given
through October and includes Santa Fe, Taos, Mesa Verde, Aspen, Vail and Denver. The price is $999 to $1,159 depending on dates.