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Rail Deals, Money and More on 'Net

November 15, 1998|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 http://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 http://www.disneyworld.com.

* 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, http://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 http://www.furnacecreekresort.com, http://www.flamingolodge.com and http://www.ynp-lodges.com.

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