Anonymous User wrote:I am fairly confused right now - if we have multiple callbacks in a single city, but they are spread out over different weeks and we will for sure be traveling back and forth between that city and Boston, do we still only use one host firm for travel arrangements? Or should we use different travel agencies for the different weeks? It seems easier to just use one, but it might also seem odd to use just the one if it is spread out over different days in different weeks with multiple flights/trains/hotel nights, etc.
Please answer only if you have also spoken to somebody in OCS about this same thing. I went today but their walk-in hours were "all booked" - however unexpected that situation played itself out as.
These questions should actually be directed to the host firm, rather than OCS. I had some funky things I had to pull off last year, and when I asked OCS, I was told to ask my host firm. If they sign off on it, you can do whatever you want. As long as you're not making weird unreasonable requests (that make it sound like you're trying to milk them for money), the firm is not going to judge you for asking.
But, a framework to keep in mind: the host firm has volunteered to be your host firm in the sense that they'll be the organizer who tallies everything up to split the bill with everyone else you visit on the same trip, basically saving flight costs. Your host firm probably does not want to play organizer for a trip they had nothing to do with. If you're doing something funky like Boston-->NYC-->SF-->LA-->NYC-->Boston, where it's unclear who should be paying for what, then discuss it with your chosen host firm in each city to see how they'd like to handle it.