Air­line choices can be com­pli­cated

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL -

Mon­days, at 2 p.m., The Wash­ing­ton Post’s travel writ­ers and ed­i­tors dis­cuss your travel sto­ries, ques­tions, gripes and more at live.wash­ing­ton­ 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.

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