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On the Spot: Advice from The Times Travel editor

  • Ontario airport is less crowded than LAX, but there's a price to pay

    Ontario airport is less crowded than LAX, but there's a price to pay

    Question: Using L.A./Ontario International Airport for flights is much more convenient for me than LAX. I can't understand why the cost of flights is so much higher at Ontario compared with LAX. I cannot stand the long drive to LAX and the crazy traffic in the airport. Ontario airport is a great...

  • Tips for getting cash while traveling overseas

    Tips for getting cash while traveling overseas

    Prepaid cards let you make purchases wherever the debit-card brand is accepted, and they can be reloaded Question: After telling our bank we were traveling abroad and being assured we should have no problem getting cash from ATMs, we ran into problems. We had no issues in England, but we couldn't...

  • Credit card exchange rate? Don't worry. Foreign transaction fees? Worry

    Credit card exchange rate? Don't worry. Foreign transaction fees? Worry

    Question: Ever since my Chase card removed foreign transaction fees, the cynic in me has wondered whether it didn't just adjust the currency conversion rate to cover at least part of the lost fees. Should I be concerned about that? Jack Jackson Los Angeles Answer: You could be, but as your later...

  • On the Spot: Honor seat reservations? That's up to the airline

    Question: In the Oct. 12 Letters column in the Travel section, a letter headlined "Gloomy Skies" recounted that a US Airways customer service representative said that the airline was not legally obligated to honor seat reservations. Is this fact or something the rep just made up? Is it legal for...

  • Euros or dollars? The wrong choice will cost you

    Question: On trips to Italy and Spain last year, a hotel in each country asked me whether I would like my bill charged in dollars or euros. I had not been to Europe for a while, and I had never been asked this. I didn't know what to say, so I went one way at one hotel and the other way at the other....

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