So my US passport has less than a year of life left on it. The current renewal times border on the ridiculous. 12 weeks for expedited and 18 weeks for "routine".
The only alternative seems to be for "immediate international travel", which can potentially get you an in-person appointment at a Passport agency that can renew the passport on the spot. However the appointments seem to be very hard to get and are in no way guaranteed.
That creates a chicken and egg problem: you need a confirmed flight to even apply for an appointment but if you don't get one, you are screwed and can't take the flight.
- Has anyone any recent experience with US passport renewal that they can share?
- Any idea and suggestions how to avoid being stuck in the country for 3 months or more ?
- Has anyone tried booking a "bogus" flight just in order to get an appointment? For example: booking a fully refundable ticket to get an appointment and then cancelling it after the passport has been issued?
Any other ideas are welcome.