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Category: Fees
March 18, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Happy birthday, state parks: Get in free Wednesday (or buy a pass and help save them)

Help celebrate the 101st birthday of Washington State Parks on Wednesday. Admission to all state parks is free for the day, a nice thing if you can’t afford a Discover Pass, usually required for entry. But here’s another idea. You know how fire departments have made the change to daylight saving time into a “replace the…

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February 11, 2014 at 11:43 AM

Free entry to national parks, forests, refuges this weekend

Celebrate this Presidents Day weekend, Saturday through Monday, Feb. 15-17, with a free visit to a national park, national forest or wildlife refuge. All three days are included as fee-free days for 2014 for parks, museums, trails and other facilities operated by the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service. In Washington, that includes Mount…

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January 23, 2014 at 6:01 AM

Pardon my rant on hotel parking, wi-fi fees and hidden taxes

BANFF NATIONAL PARK,  Alberta — It seems the Rant and Rave column is one of the most popular features in the Sunday paper. So I’ll clearly label this as a little rant — with some useful information thrown in. My rant is about fancy hotels that can’t be satisfied with charging sky-high nightly rates — they…

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October 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Alaska’s baggage, change fees go up Oct. 30

 An Alaska Airlines plane takes off at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline is increasing some fees on Oct. 30. (Alan Berner photo / The Seattle Times)

An Alaska Airlines plane takes off at Sea-Tac Airport. The airline is increasing some fees on Oct. 30. (Alan Berner photo / The Seattle Times)

You’ll soon pay more to check a bag or change a flight on Alaska Airlines .

For tickets purchased on or after Oct. 30, the fee for checking a suitcase will increase to $25 for each of the first two bags (up from $20 per bag) and $75 for the third bag (currently $25). However, elite-level frequent fliers still get free checked bags.

If you change your flight less than 60 days before departure, you’ll have to pay $125. (The current change fee is $75 to $100, except for

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July 5, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Add up the extra travel fees before you buy

   

An iceberg floats in the sea near Disko Island, Greenland.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

An iceberg floats in the sea near Disko Island, Greenland.
(AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

I’ve been daydreaming about going to Greenland, of seeing its other-worldly wilderness of icebergs and glaciers before they’re gone (thank you, climate change).

 So I thumbed through an enticing-looking brochure from an expedition-cruise company called Adventure Canada, a family-run business that takes travelers on small-ship cruises to remote northern places such as Canada’s Arctic, Scotland, Greenland and more.

    One cruise, called Greenland & Wild Labrador, looked enticing. The price for the Sept. 5-18 cruise: $3,995 per person (that’s in the cheapest stateroom which is, ahem, a quad with bunk beds; a two-berth room would be a dizzying $6,695 per person). Still, not all that bad for

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