Dear Johanna/ Scubagirl,
Thank you very much for your valuable advice!
As you guessed, I have taken this package through a pop up message; I was not smart enough to suspect something wrong when the operator warned that I would lose the package if I were to disconnect the call for verifying the actual rates for each of the individual package included!
I have given Easton, PA as my address in the message posted but I am actually working in Southern Africa and would be in PA only at the time of my planned vacation in June next year, at my brother���s place.
I went through the abundant views on the subject, available on the web links that you had suggested; it was a real eye opener!
I got through to the Customer Service department after trying for two days and got their Fax number for further communication. At this juncture, I have a doubt; whether ���Special T��� is a generic term for all the operators (including All Seasons Travel that I am now dealing with) who sell their travel packages in this manner!
My case is slightly different; distance (and cost of International Calls) forbids a firm action! So I am going for the third option, make the best of it ��� after I receive the package, hopefully in a couple of weeks!! I have also noted the website www.800helpfla.com to be approached in case of any trouble with the travel agency. Although my agency is located in Atlanta, Georgia; there must be a parallel monitoring agency in that state too!
Basically I have complicated things myself and introduced some anxiety in an otherwise enjoyable vacation!
Thanking you again for your valuable time,