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Old 06-04-2012, 01:30 PM   #196
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Thanks for that info, it's just so frustrating that there should be a charge on an instant debit payment and not when adding it to credit card debt! Oh well whatever it takes to get there! Thanks again
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:36 PM   #197
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Thanks for that info, it's just so frustrating that there should be a charge on an instant debit payment and not when adding it to credit card debt! Oh well whatever it takes to get there! Thanks again
It's because it's an American site - it's not the US government sticking you with the charge, it's just purely the UK banks charging you for using your debit card 'abroad' - some credit cards have a foreign transaction fee as well.

Always worth checking if you're with more than one bank to see who offers the lowest international transaction rates, then move money around if necessary to make it as cheap as possible!
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Old 06-04-2012, 01:49 PM   #198
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As above, its because its a US site. It will be same if you use your debit card in the US. Its the reason many of us get a credit card with no fees for foreign transactions. I use the Post offce credit card, no fees and full intebank rate.
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Old 06-04-2012, 02:25 PM   #199
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Oh yes that makes sense I was thinking it was a uk sight duuuuh! There was me getting all cynical about the world!
Fab I'll have a look at my bank and see what they do. I'm looking at getting one of the post office travel cards you can pre load for the trip as heard good things. Thanks both of you
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What is the current cost of an ESTA? Sorry but it's been 2 years and I got my last ones free so I'm out of touch with this payment thing.

Oh and thanks for the heads up about the card fees. I will be sure to use the right fee free card. I probably wouldn't have thought of that if I'd not read this.
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They are $14pp. Only use the official link I read yesterday someone paid 4 x £39.99
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They are $14pp. Only use the official link I read yesterday someone paid 4 x £39.99
Oh no!

I was just going to use the link Kenny put in the first post of this thread. Thanks for the info
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Old 07-12-2012, 08:33 PM   #203
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Do you have to have the esta reference or any paperwork when you go through immigration? I did mine last Aug for NYC but I can't remember any of the details now
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Do you have to have the esta reference or any paperwork when you go through immigration? I did mine last Aug for NYC but I can't remember any of the details now
No, below is the official response from the ESTA site, 99.9% of people never have a problem but I have read one post saying they were flying with Thomas Cook who insisted on a print out, I don't see how they can when its not required, they can get the info direct from DHS(Department of Homeland Security)
If don't have your ref number you can retrieve it with your name, date of birth and passport number, all details you do know.

Do travelers need to bring a paper printout of their travel authorization to the airport?

No. DHS will be able to communicate a traveler’s ESTA status to the carriers. However, DHS recommends that travelers print out the travel authorization application response in order to maintain a record of their traveler authorization application number and to have confirmation of their ESTA status
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Thanks for this, we are flying Thomas Cook so I'd best printout just incase I guess
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:40 AM   #206
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Thanks for this, we are flying Thomas Cook so I'd best printout just incase I guess
I always print mine anyway, just in case. better to be safe than sorry. Computer systems are all very well and good when they work
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Hi all, as a few of you might be close to their ESTA's running out, I thought someone might be able to help me.
My 2 DD's and me got ESTAs a couple of years ago and they are due to run out on 28th Aug. We return from out trip this year on the 23rd August, so I thought, great won't have to pay for that then however, I have since had emails from ESTA saying I need to update them.
It seems like common sense that if my ESTA is in date then we should be ok, but I have heard of some countries not allowing you entry if you don't have at least 6 months on your passport (seems ridiculous to me) Does anyone know if there is a minimum amount of days you need to have on your ESTA in order to use it? Could do without spending the extra money on them right now.
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As long as your ESTA is valid for the date of entry you will be fine .
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As long as your ESTA is valid for the date of entry you will be fine .
Woo hoo, thanks!
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Old 08-03-2012, 04:16 AM   #210
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Help should I start to worry??
We fly on 17th and just applied for our ESTA. Mine and DD all went through easy but DH says authorisation pending!!! It says a determination will be made in 72 hrs. We have been to Florida many times over the years and never had any problem before. Has this happened to anyone else??
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