Open tickets

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1. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

This is the first time I'm going to travel abroad without know in advance when will be my return date. I'm planning to do WWOOF in Canada, so it will depends on how the experience is and in how much money can I save travelling that way v/s normal travelling.

My concern is that I've never booked open airplane tickets in advance.

Are they more expensive than normal ones?

There is the possibility than because my ticket is open my visitor Visa could be rejected because they suspect I want to enter to become illegal? (I'm afraid of prejudices from being a Latin young single person) That last one is my major concern, because I have to have the ticket in the hands to request the Visa and most airlines don't refund economic flights. I really, really don't want to throw US$1.500 to the trash can.


[ Edit: Edited on Jul 19, 2007, at 6:38 PM by Catu ]

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hello Catu:)

I once worked illegally, in New York.
What I did, to get past the immigration people is I bought a return ticket, with gave me an opportunity to change the return date once, for a price of 80 US dollars. I made the return date to be one month after my arrival, then when I was in New York, I changed it.
This was a long time ago, but u can check if changable tickets are still available.

Some more info.
Buying a return ticket does not necessarily cost more, these days, than 2 one way tickets. At least that is what I have observed over the last year, in which I bought around 20 plane tickets. Also, buy on the internet, if u have a credit card. U can bargin hunt as long as u like, and u dont have to pay a fee to a travel agent(here in Germany, this fee is 10% of the ticket price)
But, if u do get a one way ticket, make sure the immigration of Canada does not require u to have a return. Also, if any papers are required for voluntary work, make sure u have them. The Canadian immigration take all this very seriously. If u are planning to do any illegal work, dont have any evidence of it, with u. Mail letters of reference, and details about work places to Canada, before u go. If the immigration find them, they will be very likely to deport u.


3. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Mel

I don't plan to work illegaly, I just fear than the Visa officers can think so if my return ticket is open. At least the WWOOF Canadian webpage says clearly than just visitor Visa is required. I think I'm gonna take your advice and buy a normal two way ticket and change the date if necessary, including the cost of it in my budget.

4. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Make sure the ticket is changable, when u buy it.
I dont know, if they all are. ;)

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 20, 2007, at 10:44 AM by Mel. ]