Florida-based Global Travel International Inc. has reached an agreement with the Iowa Attorney General’s office to pay nearly $45,000 in refunds to Iowans. The buying club advertises savings on retail or travel-related purchases.
Attorney General Tom Miller alleges that starting in 2008, Global Travel enrolled Iowans without giving specific notices or disclosures. As a result people were charged monthly membership fees without the proper consent.
The settlement requires Global Travel to provide the state’s Consumer Protection Division with the company’s Iowa membership list. Using the list, the division will issue refunds to eligible consumers.
Though the company denies liability, Global Travel also agreed to a complete ban from Iowa marketing as part of the settlement.