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  • Renee Steinig
    For those of you who are still home and getting ready, here is a nice list of travel-related web sites, published in the U.S. newspaper Washington Post in
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      For those of you who are still home and getting ready,
      here is a nice list of travel-related web sites, published
      in the U.S. newspaper Washington Post in September...

      AIRLINE TRAVEL:
      www.tsa.gov
      U.S. federal Transportation Security Administration
      Contains lists of prohibited and permitted luggage items, average wait times
      at airport security checkpoints and claim forms for luggage lost or damaged
      during the security screening process. Also, the
      www.faa.gov/passengers
      U.S. Federal Aviation Administration
      Contains airline safety records, tips on flying with children and pets, and
      passenger complaint forms regarding safety, service and security issues

      AIRLINE SEATING:
      www.seatguru.com
      Everything you ever wanted to know--including leg room, pitch and proximity
      to the loos-- about the seating for 26 airlines. Can't find your airline?
      www.seatexpert.com
      Offers info on a dozen foreign carriers not covered by Seatguru.

      ATM LOCATORS:
      visa.via.infonow.net/locator/global
      Allows searches for ATMs by city or Zip code across the globe. The
      advanced-search feature also displays locations on maps and includes info on
      24-hour and disabled-accessible ATMs. MasterCard's site,
      www.mastercard.com/atmlocator
      Can locate more than 900,000 ATMs in 120 countries and includes such details
      as drive-through locations. Both sites offer airport-specific searches.

      CURRENCY CONVERTERS:
      www.xe.com
      Best site for quick conversions of 21 major currencies. For more details,
      such as cash vs. interbank rates, go to www.xe.com/ucc , which has info on
      currencies from the Afghanistan afghanis to the Zambian kwacha.
      www.oanda.com
      Offers similar info, plus a printable currency cheat sheet.


      U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE:
      www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel
      The Bureau of U.S. Customs and Border Protection publishes a "Know Before
      You Go" fact sheet with details about items that can and can't be taken into
      the country and the rules on duty fees. Also offers info on border wait
      times.

      FLIGHT STATUS:
      www.flightarrivals.com
      Check a flight's status within a two-hour window by airline, flight number,
      city, airport, etc. Also offers separate displays for delayed flights and
      schedule changes by airport.

      FREQUENT FLIERS:
      www.webflyer.com
      The site addresses the complicated subculture of frequent- flier miles,
      covering details on every major hotel and airline program. Frequent-flier
      guru Randy Petersen supplies timely articles on such topics as miles and
      airline bankruptcies.
      www.flyertalk.com
      Chat with others about the world of miles.
      www.insideflyer.com
      For those so mile-involved they're willing to pay a $45 annual subscription.

      www.frequentflier.com
      Good articles on hot topics like what to do with those Delta and Northwest
      miles.

      HEALTH AND SAFETY:
      www.travel.state.gov/travel
      The U.S. State Department's site publishes consular info sheets and travel
      warnings on every country, with details about crime, terrorism and traffic
      safety.
      www.worldtravelwatch.com
      For a more global opinion.
      www.cdc.gov/travel
      For health-related info on vaccines, health threats, etc.

      INSURANCE:
      www.insuremytrip.com
      The site compares and gives quotes for 96 travel insurance policies from 16
      companies, including Access America, Travel Guard, Travel Insured and most
      of the other better-known firms. Easy-to-read chart lets a consumer see
      which policies are best for terrorism, financial default, emergency medical
      evacuation, etc. Similar comparisons are available at...
      www.quotetravelinsurance.com
      www.quotewright.com
      www.totaltravelinsurance.com

      MAPS:
      www.mapquest.com
      Plug in the address or city for locations around the globe and this site
      will plot it on a map. It also offers driving directions for spots in the
      United States and a dozen Western European countries. Subscription service
      lets you download info onto your mobile phone.
      www.freetrip.com
      Shows lodging and lets users ask for routes that avoid tolls or favor scenic
      roads.
      www.viamichelin.com
      A good choice for directions for 43 European countries

      SCAMS:
      www.bbb.org
      The Better Business Bureau's site can be searched by company name, phone
      number or Web address to find out whether a travel operator has a good or
      bad rating. Check for membership in these trade groups...
      www.travelsense.org
      American Society of Travel Agents
      www.ustoa.com
      U.S. Tour Operators Association

      TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
      www.travel.state.gov/passport/index.html
      The U.S. State Department's site explains how to obtain, replace or change a
      passport. User can download applications and forms. It also details how much
      passports cost and how long they take to get. For visitors traveling abroad,
      the site contains foreign entry requirements, such as whether a visa is
      required.

      TIME AND DATE:
      www.timeanddate.com/worldclock
      Site contains a chart of the current time in hundreds of cities worldwide.
      Can be customized to show specific cities.

      WEATHER:
      www.weather.com
      You can search for weather by Zip code or city. Contains detailed hurricane
      info, and travel. Also covers historical averages and records for U.S. and
      international cities.
      www.accuweather.com
      www.nws.noaa.gov (U.S.)

      Renee

      Renee Steinig
      RSteinig@...
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