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I've visited : Australia, Austria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar/Burma, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United States (25 states + DC/PR), Vietnam


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comment Is there a preferable exit row in an airplane?
Roughly 3 billion passengers will fly on commercial airlines this year. On average, less than 1000 will die in accidents. It probably makes more sense to select your seat based on whether they will run out of your preferred meal by the time they get to your row than survivability.
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comment How do I address a vertical postcard?
"the people that handle the mail are people" - Actually, most of the "people" that handle the mail are actually automated sorting machines. Short of the guy that actually delivers it there are very, very few actual people involved in the process.
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comment Could not board flight LHR to BKK without departing ticket
What is your nationality? Most nationalities would require a visa for what you've described.
Aug
25
comment How/where to buy mixed-class tickets for a flight?
How old are your kids? As has been said you'll need to put them on a separate ticket, and if they are below a certain age that'll cause all sorts of problems due to the being minors and (seemingly) flying alone. You may need to book one ticket you+kid1 in business and the other wife+kid2 in economy, and then shuffle as to which seats you actually sit in. The exact process will depend on the specific airline, so it's best to start by talking to them.
Aug
15
comment Do Hilton Points and Money stays count toward elite status?
Note that there's a catch to be aware of. If you have one reward night (including C+P), and one or more paid nights at the same hotel, then the entire stays is not eligible for points (other than incidentals). eg, have 4 paid nights, followed by 1 free night, and you get no points for any of it. On occasion this isn't enforced, but it normally is.
Aug
12
comment Is Puerto Rico domestic or international from the USA?
I've been to PR twice as a non-US citizen, both times traveling from the mainland. On neither occasion did I need to talk to CBP, and on neither occasion did I need to show my passport (I have a US drivers license). However, any non-Citizen should always travel with their passport, especially when travelling to areas like PR or the border states. Regardless, none of this is relevant for the original question.
Jul
16
comment Is the reciprocity fee for US citizens only charged if you arrive at Santiago International Airport?
Yes, covered in travel.stackexchange.com/questions/27876/…
Jul
15
comment New device checking rules for flights to/from USA
The TSA has no control over flights to/from the UK (except those also to/from the US), so this is in effect a separate policy - even if it does mirror the US'es policy...
Jul
15
comment Documents necessary (and recommended) for first time travel to EU for US Citizen
@Tor-EinarJarnbjo Please re-read my answer. I explicitly stated that is was NOT a requirement, but that it is recommended - especially when the purpose of the visit is to meet a fiancee (where overstay would be a real concern). The quote I included states that they could refuse entry, which is also correct.
Jul
15
comment Documents necessary (and recommended) for first time travel to EU for US Citizen
@Relaxed The policy is that you must show that "you do intend to leave the Schengen Area when the visa expires". This is explicitly called out in the Visa application process, and implicitly one of the criteria for travel without a visa. The easiest way to do this is to show a ticket outside of the US, but as my answer states it's not technically a requirement.
Jul
15
comment Documents necessary (and recommended) for first time travel to EU for US Citizen
@Relaxed direct quote from Timtatic.
Jul
15
comment Indian passport holder on a US visa visiting the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls
The provisions you are referring to apply only to US permanent residents, not all "US residents".
Jul
15
comment Inexpensive hotel to stay in Helsinki on my 24 hr layover for less than $200 USD
It's also 171 euro, which is more than US$200. Even the Hilton is 1/3rd less...
Jul
13
comment do i have to retrieve my luggage and re check in upon arrival at usa?
@LorenPechtel No, I'm not. For example, read the section entitled "Outbound: Air, Land and Sea" at dhs.gov/news/2012/09/11/… The fact that you don't see any such checks (other than occasional "random" checks, which normally aren't random!) doesn't mean that they don't exist.
Jul
13
comment do i have to retrieve my luggage and re check in upon arrival at usa?
The US absolutely DOES have outbound border controls. Whilst it's true they do not have specific outbound physical immigration checks, all passengers and all baggage is security screened, and all passenger are electronically checked using information provided by the airlines using APIS.
Jul
13
comment US Citizen living in Sweden--Visa required to visit Turkey for one week with family?
@Relaxed ugg.. indeed I did. Thanks!
Jul
13
comment US Citizen living in Sweden--Visa required to visit Turkey for one week with family?
The page you have linked to is incorrect. Visa-on-Arrival costs US$30, whilst the recommend e-visa costs only US$20.
Jul
13
comment Travel Portable Battery
They exist - a work colleague of mine has one. It's extremely heavy, and from what I can make out he hardly carries it with him as a result. Personally I just have a second battery for my laptop.
Jul
12
comment I need to book a round-trip ticket and a one-way ticket on the same flight?
Spceific to your comment about the one-way being more expensive, have a look at the top answer on travel.stackexchange.com/questions/11501/…
Jul
11
comment Changing baggage final destination - hidden-city ticketing
@pnuts He also wants to get home to MEM afterwards, and that's not going to happen if the airline cancels the rest of his return ticket (which they will!)