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Old Mar 25th 2011, 9:33 pm
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Hi,

Am I correct in assuming that if I hold an H4 visa I do not need ESTA authorization to travel to the states? (The H4 visa is stamped in my old passport but this has just been renewed and I have been issued with a new passport. However, I will of course take both passports with me).

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You are correct in believing that you don't need an ESTA.
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Would it cause confusion at immigration control if I have my H4 and ESTA (I need ESTA to check in online with my airline so I can get a discount on extra baggage!!)
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Would it cause confusion at immigration control if I have my H4 and ESTA (I need ESTA to check in online with my airline so I can get a discount on extra baggage!!)
You can not travel on the Visa Waiver Program. ESTA = VWP travel only.

It may simply be that you can not check in online. I can't imagine what fresh hell the airlines have dreamed up that would allow tourists move baggage allowance than temporary movers.
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All of the airlines now seem to only allow one item in checked luggage when travelling to the States! After that you start paying through the nose. A bit of a nightmare!!
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All of the airlines now seem to only allow one item in checked luggage when travelling to the States! After that you start paying through the nose. A bit of a nightmare!!
Yes, them's the new rules. Domestic flights we don't get any free baggage now. I'm being charged $20 per bag one way. Ticks me off.
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Check in with an agent at the airport, ask him to waive the fee.
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Yes, them's the new rules. Domestic flights we don't get any free baggage now. I'm being charged $20 per bag one way. Ticks me off.
I've taken to fedexing anything I'll need to my destination, and back home before I leave. Costs about the same, and I don't need to haul it around with me.
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I've taken to fedexing anything I'll need to my destination, and back home before I leave. Costs about the same, and I don't need to haul it around with me.
hmm, interesting idea. Won't need it for this trip, but for the future.. But man, $40 is a significant hit on a $200 ticket. Oh well, beats driving I guess.
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