So, I seems that is the news month for CCIE lab. I had received an e-mail with the following content:
"Dear CCIE Lab Candidate.
On September 6, 2008 the payment policy for CCIE labs will change. The new policy is as follows:
Payment in full is due 90 days (calendar) prior to your lab date. After 90 days refunds will not be available for canceled lab dates.
The change in this policy will allow for lab seats to be open in a timely manner and create more desirable time frames.
Our records show that you have a lab scheduled 90 days or more from September 6, 2008. Please remit payment as soon as possible to secure your lab date. If payment is not received, your lab date will be canceled.
If you have questions or want to confirm you are within the 90+ day window please contact customer support.
The Cisco Career Certifications Team"
A short look into CCIE News section of cisco.com confirm this. Can somebody understand and explain to me why we should pay 3 months before and not being able to get a refund?! 3 months is still some time and a lot can happen in your life (even bad things...).