A little payback for Minnesota Travelocity customers

If you booked a trip on Travelocity.com since June 2009 and bought travel insurance to go along with it, a little cash may be headed your way.

The Minnesota Commerce Department today writes:

81,970 Minnesota consumers who purchased travel insurance on Travelocity.com between June 1, 2009 and January 24, 2012 will receive nearly $2.5 million in refunds.

A consent order issued by Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman last Friday alleges that New York-based National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh and Wisconsin-based Travel Guard Group, Inc. violated state law by automatically enrolling consumers in optional travel insurance policies.

Commerce says consumers were required to select “opt out” to not be enrolled, “a clear violation of state law and represent a breach of consumer trust.”

The insurance cost $25 to $45 per traveler. The settlement averages about $30 per Minnesota traveler.

Think you might be entitled? Email the department.

-Paul Tosto

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