Here is a word of warning to anyone who is applying for an ESTA. Yesterday I unknowingly applied through a third party website. I googled "ESTA application" and selected the first site that came up. I wasn't focused on what I was doing as I was doing two or three other things at the same time. I completed the information and was directed to the payments page. I didn't notice any amount and as I thought I was on the DHS website I assumed the charge would be $14. I went ahead and completed the details for the second ESTA only to discover that there was a figure of $74 in the top right hand corner completely away from where you filled in your credit card details. To my horror I discovered that I paid $148 for two ESTA's that I should have paid $28 for. It is totally my own fault and I am posting this to make sure that no one makes the same mistake as I did. Needless to say when I looked for my money back from the third party I was told that under their terms and conditions it isn't refundable as the ESTA's have been issued. I am now in touch with my credit card company to see what they can do. As I said it was all my own fault and hopefully this post might help someone to ensure that they don't make the same mistake as I did.
Roll on the holiday next week in Marco - things can only get better!!