So, I've anted up for the next cycle. I still don't know if I'll be allowed to play in the three-for-two game, but the package deal for 40-and-over isn't really one of those money-back plans, anyway.
If I qualify (after a clear HSG, genetic testing and an acceptable recent FSH) I can pay for two cycles up front, and get a third (should I need it) for free. If I only need one, I just consider myself incredibly lucky and am given a small, ceremonial refund. If I only need two, I am grateful and go on my way. If I need three, I try to be happy that I have one more chance without paying anything else. If all three cycles fail, too bad for me.
My old RE didn't offer package deals, so I've never had to make this decision before. But maybe it makes sense, considering that the idea that it will work the first time seems so unlikely. I have never had an IVF work, so I'm actually at a point where the idea of paying double for a successful first cycle sounds pretty good to me.
I should get the latest FSH results next week - I think that's the one I have to worry about.