Airline choices can be complicated
Mondays, at 2 p.m., The Washington Post’s travel writers and editors discuss your travel stories, questions, gripes and more at live.washingtonpost.com. Here are some edited excerpts from a recent discussion:
My wife and I are traveling to Cape Town in May 2018 out of Dulles. What’s the best airline in terms of cost, routes and rates?
Fares range wildly, based on demand, itineraries, et cetera. So it’s hard to pick the best airline. That said, South African Airways has frequent flights to Cape Town and often offers sales, so check its website. You will save money by connecting several times, but I personally prefer to pay a tad more to avoid multiple stops. Check Emirates and British Airways for fares. — Andrea Sachs
What are some must-see place in Vienna?
If you’ve never been to Vienna, a visit to Schonbrunn Palace and its gardens is a must. I also loved St. Stephen’s Cathedral, especially since I timed my visit with a Mass that featured hundreds of attendees in traditional garb. And you must have coffee and pastry at a Vienna cafe, such as Cafe Landtmann or Cafe Sacher Wien. For other ideas, take a look at the Vienna Tourism page. — Carol Sottili
Are there any good quality (or luxury-class) cruises that travel down the Pacific coast of South America, such as from Colombia to Chile? I recall seeing ads for such cruises a couple of years ago, but now can’t find any on Google.
Crystal has a cruise that travels from Valparaiso to Colon, and several other lines also offer Pacific Coast of South America cruises. Cruise Critic is a good resource. — Christopher Elliott What happens when there is an airline pilots strike? Does the airline have to rebook you on another carrier? Do you get a refund for the ticket?
If your flight is canceled, you’ll get a full and prompt refund. In the United States, there’s no obligation for the carrier to rebook you on another airline. Travel insurance may or may not cover you, but generally does not. I would read the fine print in your policy to make sure. — C.E.
I’m going to Tampa and St. Petersburg for a Grapefruit League game. Any ideas for what else to do there?
There are loads of thing to do on both sides of the bridge. For Tampa, tour the Bucs stadium, visit the Museum of Science and Industry, stroll the Riverwalk and soak up the Cuban scene in Ybor City. In St. Pete, the Dali museum is amazing, as are the beaches, especially Caladesi Island State Park and Clearwater Beach. — A.S.