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Rail Deals, Money and More on ‘Net

TIMES STAFF AND WIRES

The Internet revolution has gotten some new recruits in the travel industry, with several major institutions debuting online offerings. Among them:

* London-based Thomas Cook Foreign Exchange, the world’s largest network of retail foreign-exchange bureaus, this month began selling currencies and traveler’s checks online.

Each order has a $5 service fee plus a $10 delivery fee (two-day courier)--cheaper than ordering by phone if you need more than $1,500 worth--and the service is available 24 hours a day. The phone is (800) 287-7362 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern time). The site is https://www.thomascook.com (click on “Other Thomas Cook sites” for U.S. service).

* Disney World in Orlando, Fla., this fall began online selling of packages with hotel stays and multi-day passes to the theme park. Immediate full payment is required if you book fewer than 30 days in advance; otherwise, a $200 deposit will do. The site is https://www.disneyworld.com.

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* Amtrak this month began offering Internet users discounts of up to 60%, on long-distance coach train tickets. Look for Rail Sale entries at the site, https://reservations.amtrak.com.

* Lodging at three national parks can now be reserved online: Furnace Creek Inn & Ranch Resort in Death Valley; Flamingo Lodge, Marina & Outpost Resort in the Everglades; and lodges at Yellowstone. The sites are https://www.furnacecreekresort.com, https://www.flamingolodge.com and https://www.ynp-lodges.com.


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