I booked a group with Sunwing. My client had to have 10 people book (5 rooms double occupancy) they only had to pay 150.00 deposit each. We could not get a price reduction for the group. BUT I had a straggler book about 3 weeks after deadline and their price was a bit cheaper. We had up to last payment to add to the group! Which is 45 days before departure.
We also did not book the group till about 6 months before the travel dates
Also no names had to be given to Sunwing until final payment date which is this week. But at anytime Sunwing can ask for names associated with each room type.
I would phone the office of the travel agent and have her clarify. Maybe the prices will go up but if you are locked into a group rate that the price should not go up. ALSO if you have had people pay the entire amount you would surely have enough for 5 rooms with deposits. Since I have never heard of having to pay in full to secure a group only a certain number of deposits.
The only thing after you pay in full that you might have to pay extra could be the taxes but honestly I have never seen that happen. The taxes did go up on my group but only those that booked after the taxes went up were charged not those that had deposits down.
I hope I am making sense lol.
I agree with murmel. Phone Sunwing! I love Sunwing they are so easy to deal with and everytime I phone for personal or business they are always more than helpful even with my silly questions that usually have the answer starring me in the face! You should be able just to use your booking number when you talk to them. If you can't just hang up and phone back you will get another agent and just ask them their policies for group rates and also mention the hotel you will be staying at maybe they have some wierd group rate policies or something and thats why you had to pay in full!
Let us know what happens!