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Old 04-21-2012, 01:29 PM   #2011
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I'm thinking I would use my credit card for everything, except would probably need cash for taxi fare. I think I'll call my AAA office. I thought they did currency exchange.
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Leslie, you can probably get a good exchange rate at your local bank. Just expect them to take a few days to get the foreign currency in.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:37 AM   #2013
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I'm thinking I would use my credit card for everything, except would probably need cash for taxi fare. I think I'll call my AAA office. I thought they did currency exchange.
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I found it easier just to withdraw cash from the ATM at the airport and then around town if you find a need for cash. We used our CC for most things.

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Old 04-23-2012, 12:30 PM   #2014
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I found it easier just to withdraw cash from the ATM at the airport and then around town if you find a need for cash. We used our CC for most things.

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Probably a dumb question , but are the ATMs in Canada the same key pad as in the states? I know in Europe they are different. Thanks.
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Just an FYI for those who want to use a Debit card to take cash out of an ATM, (and not a regular credit card) some banks will not allow one to use a debit card in Canada, saying it's on a restricted list. Check with your bank first.

Again, I am talking about debit cards with the M/C or Visa logo. It may NOT be a problem, but it is best to check.
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I found it easier just to withdraw cash from the ATM at the airport and then around town if you find a need for cash. We used our CC for most things.

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I rarely use ATMs, so I'm not real familiar with the fees, but using one in Canada, would it be just a few dollars for the fee, plus whatever my bank charges?
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Probably a dumb question , but are the ATMs in Canada the same key pad as in the states? I know in Europe they are different. Thanks.
The keypads are the same as in the US, with the usual variation between banks.

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I rarely use ATMs, so I'm not real familiar with the fees, but using one in Canada, would it be just a few dollars for the fee, plus whatever my bank charges?
Expect the Canadian bank to charge a dollar or three as a non-customer fee, your bank to do the same as a non-bank ATM fee, and additional foreign transaction and/or currency exchange fees.

Just as when traveling to any other country, if you use your bank card in Canada Visa or MasterCard will add a bit to each transaction to charge you for the currency exchange. And your bank may also charge a foreign transaction fee, just because they can.
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...if you use your bank card in Canada Visa or MasterCard will add a bit to each transaction to charge you for the currency exchange. And your bank may also charge a foreign transaction fee, just because they can.
This is true. Its for that reason I did a cash exchange. I should add that some American Express and Discover cards also have a foreign transaction fee, in addition to Visa and MC. If you have some time before you go and you plan on using your charge card a lot in Canada, there are some credit cards that don't charge the fee, and I think some of them are free (I want to say the Capitol One card may be one of them and I think Chase has one too...its not Freedom though)
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I called my bank (and Visa company) before our trip and they flagged our accounts so we could use them in Canada. There was a slight fee but as I recall no more than when we use a non-home-bank ATM.

I think I used the ATM twice on our entire trip (airport and once in the middle of our stay). I didn't want to go home with foriegn currency and most everywhere accepted Visa.

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I saw lots of recommendations on this thread about how to be sure to get Pan Pacific on Hotwire, the star ratings and percentage -- but they were from 2011. Has anyone booked this year and do you know if it is still 5 star and 90%? Thanks.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:22 AM   #2022
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Actually, that is not completely accurate. If you have printed your boarding passes, you MIGHT have to stand in line for a seat assignment in Seattle, but only if business class is full.

I take the Cascades to Seattle any time I can attend a Mariners game starting in the noon or 1 PM hour, and prefer business class because coach on a train full of M's fans can get noisy. If business class is full or close to it they assign seats. Otherwise it is open seating for business class customers.

They also assign seats in coach class - on the rare occasion that coach class is full. I have seen that happen twice.
Okay, here's the most important question of the day (), what time do you recommend we arrive for a 7:30 a.m. train? We do not have business class tickets and will have luggage to check. Thanks.
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Okay, here's the most important question of the day (), what time do you recommend we arrive for a 7:30 a.m. train? We do not have business class tickets and will have luggage to check. Thanks.
If you are taking the light rail, and have not been there before, arrive an hour early because it will take you awhile to find your way through the maze. If you're taking a taxi, 30 minutes beforehand should be good enough.
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Okay, here's the most important question of the day (), what time do you recommend we arrive for a 7:30 a.m. train? We do not have business class tickets and will have luggage to check. Thanks.
In Seattle we arrived about 6:50-6:55 for our 7:40 train. DH stood in line while DD & I printed our tickets and then checked in luggage. There was probably around 50-60 people in line in front of us.
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In Seattle we arrived about 6:50-6:55 for our 7:40 train. DH stood in line while DD & I printed our tickets and then checked in luggage. There was probably around 50-60 people in line in front of us.
Terrific info. I was wondering if someone could stand in line while someone else checked the baggage!
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