Replies: 22 - Last Post: Jan 24, 2013 5:37 PM Last Post By: jjaylewin92
Jan 24, 2013 5:58 AM
1.Formal politeness and courtesy in behavior or speech.
2.Polite remarks used in formal conversation.
FYI, I'm reporting posts which lack it, because I am done with your harassment.
Also, just in case, you do not need to complete the ESTA if you have a visa, either.
Are you sure the 6 months is not just the entry period rather than the validity period?
Jan 24, 2013 6:36 AM
16Just been on the phone to various airlines and it is going to be stupidly cheaper just to buy a return ticket with the cheapest option on the way back I can fine (some time in June probably) and then just pay the fee they will charge me when I decided when I am coming home. Will get charged on average £100 + difference in ticket price so should still be under £600 or maybe £700 at a push. Where as any open ended ticket or fully flexible one is in the £1700 range if not higher!
@Max, yeh I will be there 4-5 months so needed the visa. May only be 15-16 weeks but still needed the visa for that!
@SoloHobo Yeh thanks, the guy at the embassy made it fairly clear to me about that as well :p
Thanks for all the help! I'll update once everything is done etc
Jan 24, 2013 6:39 AM
So you are saying that with my B2 Visa I can enter into the USA multiple times using the same visa? I thought that it would apply for up to 6 months after I first enter the country...?
Jan 24, 2013 9:21 AM
IIRC, there are single entry visas, but these are very rare.
Jan 24, 2013 9:39 AM
19Jjay: If £600-£700 is all you end up paying, it doesn't sound too bad. But can you change the departure point on these tickets? Sometimes, all they allow you to do is change date, but the routing must be the same. If that's the case, and you do not know from where you will end up traveling home, west coast, east coast, florida, etc, you could look into buying a return to NY like I mentioned before, then rely on domestic one-way tickets from there. Or an open-jaw into SF and out of NY.
Also be prepared for tickets being very very expensive during summer. High season usually kicks in mid- or early June. So you might find that when you change your ticket in May or whenever, you will face a several hundred £ fee all of a sudden. You avoid this by booking far in advance or flying outside of high season.
Jan 24, 2013 9:50 AM
20You can usually change almost any non-refundable ticket by paying $150 and the difference in fare (book directly via the airline website, not a broker btw to avoid additional broker fees). That's what I mentioned in my original post. Cheaper to buy a roundtrip and change it later.
Agree that you may have to pay a hefty difference in fare unless you fly back sometime before June. Prices go up in the summer. That said, if you're pretty flexible on your return date, you ask the airline to find the cheapest day to fly when you know your approximate schedule.
You only need to keep the routing and change the date without a fee (typically) if you're booking a flight with frequent flyer miles.
Jan 24, 2013 12:02 PM
But can you typically also change the routing on these non-refundable tickets? If so, that sounds like a good option, but in my experience it is more rare. Last month for example, I needed to change the routing for a non-refundable flight with ANA from the US to India, but they were very strict -- I could change the date or cancel the ticket (for a ~$300 fee), but the routing and layover times had to be exactly the same. Perhaps other airlines are more lenient, I don't know all the details, but since it was mentioned in the OP that he didn't know where he wanted to fly out of, he should be careful about this and consider what the best option is.
Jan 24, 2013 5:37 PM
22I know where I will be flying back from, just not exactly when yet. But I should know by mid March at the latest, so should be fine I think actually.
I can't believe that about the visa! I thought that I had six months from when I first entered the country before it would expire for good, but that I could just enter the country for that time at any point in the next ten years. But I checked and it is a multi-entry visa! This is going to make the next couple of years so much easier!
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