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*** Disclaimer*** I am well aware of that you should not purchase the ticket until you have the visa in hand.....

 

HOWEVER in the interest of saving money, i am looking at possibly just booking a ticket pretty far out... 

 

Has anyone else done this? these flight prices are insane....

 

 

Quick Timeline... Case Currently in route to the embassy as of today..... appointments are quickly assigned at my embassy...

 

 

looking to purchase a ticket for the 2nd week of January 


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It is best to wait until the visa is in hand and checked for errors before booking travel.  Too many delays are possible.....


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Just wait until you get the visa unless you have money to burn.   There are plenty of tricks to find low cost airfare.


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Don't do it unless the tickets you can get are refundable or otherwise changeable for a minimal cost.


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3 hours ago, Paul & Mary said:

Just wait until you get the visa unless you have money to burn.   There are plenty of tricks to find low cost airfare.

True not so much for his particular country though... its not even on a lot of the regular search engines but no i really don't have money to just burn... sigh 


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7 minutes ago, lashayhicks said:

True not so much for his particular country though... its not even on a lot of the regular search engines but no i really don't have money to just burn... sigh 

What types are fares are you seeing?

 

Looks like the best times to book Cotonou to Fargo are between 60 and 28 days before.    Without any "tricks" even 14 days out I see one way fares at $938usd 


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18 minutes ago, Paul & Mary said:

What types are fares are you seeing?

 

Looks like the best times to book Cotonou to Fargo are between 60 and 28 days before.    Without any "tricks" even 14 days out I see one way fares at $938usd 

He'll be flying into JFK... and i have seen a ticket for about 400-500$... wheras everything else has been about 750-900$ i cannot pay 900$ for a ticket... i mean i could but i really really don't want to...


Waiting On My Love... 

Noa1 06/04/19

Noa 2 08/24/19 

NVC Received: On my Bday 09/20 

Sent to Embassy: Oct 1st 

Embassy Received: Oct 8th 

Interview Scheduled: Nov 13th!!!!!!!!

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Posted (edited)

Unless you have money to burn, I would not.  We didn’t buy my husband’s ticket until his visa had been issued, and that was coming from a very low fraud country.

Edited by Jorgedig

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19 hours ago, lashayhicks said:

*** Disclaimer*** I am well aware of that you should not purchase the ticket until you have the visa in hand.....

 

HOWEVER in the interest of saving money, i am looking at possibly just booking a ticket pretty far out... 

 

Has anyone else done this? these flight prices are insane....

 

 

Quick Timeline... Case Currently in route to the embassy as of today..... appointments are quickly assigned at my embassy...

 

 

looking to purchase a ticket for the 2nd week of January 

Don't do it! I did something similar and ended paying a lot more for booking in advance of my fiancee receiving her visas. I was also enticed by the cheaper flights, and I was sure that the visa would be approved within seven days after the interview, but we received a 221g letter. We were in administrative processing for four weeks. It was very costly to cancel our flights and then pay a $200 dollar change flight fee for three ($600). I didn't book my return flight to the Dominican Republic until my fiancee' (now wife) was told that her visa was approved and ready for pickup. It would have been cheaper to wait on the interview results and then book our flights. Best wishes! 😅

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2 hours ago, TennilleO said:

What are some of the tricks?

I use google flights to search. It has a nice date feature, allowing you to easily view what dates are cheaper.  Then book directly on the airlines website 

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31 minutes ago, Russ&MaryAnn said:

I use google flights to search. It has a nice date feature, allowing you to easily view what dates are cheaper.  Then book directly on the airlines website 

I will try that. I had been looking at skyscanner. 

Thank you

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