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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


Nov
10
comment Transfer time San Francisco coming from Canada onward to Maui
Certainly all airports that United flies from do. I'm sure there are some smaller airports that do not, but none that United flies to.
Oct
13
comment Will failing to declare a previous visa denial come back to haunt me?
No way a 214(b) refusal would ever be consider on "character grounds".
Oct
9
comment driving from LA to San Francisco
Whilst technically you're correct in that there's no train to "San Francisco" the Amtrak Coast Starlight goes from LA to San Jose/Oakland/Emeryville. At San Jose you can connect to Caltrain to SF. At Emeryville there's a connecting Amtrak bus to SF, and from Oakland you could catch a taxi.
Sep
29
comment Using the Alaska Airlines Companion Fare on Air France
No. It's Alaskan airlines only.
Sep
26
comment 5.5 hr layover in San Francisco International Airport enough time to visit city?
San Bruno is one stop on BART from the airport, not two. It's also $7.40 each way for that one stop, due to the airport fee...
Sep
15
comment Two long visits to USA on VWP
The general rule of thumb is that you must spend more time out of the US than in it. So if you're staying for 90 days, then you should generally stay out for 90 days before returning...
Sep
11
comment Would I be able to enter USA currently?
Presuming you actually applied for a visa (as opposed to just asking about one), then the only two options are that it was approved, or that it was rejected. Legally there is no third option.
Sep
11
comment Would I be able to enter USA currently?
Technically this is not correct. The rules have changed, but the websites have not been updated. If you apply for an ESTA, declare that you have been refused a visa, and your ESTA is approved then you can visit under the VWP. Note that this does NOT address the issue of whether he would be admitted - even if an ESTA was approved. And realistically at this point it's very unlikely an ESTA would be approved.
Sep
3
comment Whilst in the US on a 6 month trip on a B2 visa, can you leave the country and come back, say for a friend's wedding in another country?
I hope you have a very good reason for getting a B2. The US has been fairly strict on issuing B2 visas to VWP nationals of late... Then, ironically, once they deny your B2 application you can no longer use the VWP.
Sep
1
comment How to know a flight is not full?
Your own example shows how unreliable fare buckets can be - the two flights mentioned are the same flight yet one shows 9 and the other only 4. Even showing 9 does NOT mean there's 9 seats available in business - F6 means there's 6 seats in First, so there could be as few as 3 in business, and the airline is willing to oversell business and move people to first if required.
Sep
1
comment Airline compensation for failure to check visa eligibility?
1) Visas are your responsibility, not the airlines. 2) Australians do not normally need a visa for Thailand for tourism (but they do for business) - and the airlines do not know your specific situation or why you are visiting the country. Write this off as a lesson learnt and take responsibility for your own mistake, don't try and blame them on others.
Sep
1
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.
Aug
30
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.
Aug
30
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.