when I was tempted by the "9$" fares, I agreed to pay the $9. At that time I did see the annual charge mentioned, but ignored and forgot it. Now I expect I will not get it refunded, though I will try, but not till I make sure it is without value. So far, I havent seen any real cheap fares, but I sent an email to them (I think) asking for instructions how to find these deals.
I always noticed that internet scams seem to step up when the economy steps down. You have to carefully scan your bank and card statements and spend some time each month fighting these scams.