I was able to book an Genius Bar appointment at an Apple Store, and it never asked about Applecare or any kind of payment, so I think that is still free. It is probably a good idea to keep it that way, since it will help drive traffic into the store.
But if you don't live near a store that won't do you any good, just FYI.
3 years old and repetitive....same thing every level...collect adam, fight big daddies, fight off splicers...rinse and repeat until you finish your objective for the level...booorrrinng....just like Home everything is stale and unsatisfying.
They refunded my money. I kinda Lol'ed at the statement they sent me because they made it seem like they were doing me a favor. But I'm pleased everything went well. Hope the same happens for everybody else whom was accidentally charged.