Travel e-Scapes: February 17, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New York City

Travel e-Scapes: February 17, 2017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$124 New York-LaGuardia, or $62 each way
A 3-day advance purchase required
Finish trips on or before January 14, 2018
Blackout dates: March 11; April 8, 9, 23; May 14, 21, 25, 26; June 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30; September 17; November 17, 26, 27; December 22, 26; January 1
Valid daily on American, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

What’s App?
Both Whatsapp and Skype require a WiFi connection when it comes to making international calls and messages. But a new app, Rebtel, ‘hijacks’ local phone lines to get you the best calling rates around the world – without the internet, or the need to purchase a phone card.
Recently launched on iTunes and Google Play, it is currently offering a Rebel Calling deal, which means friends or family can be called for free if they are also using the app until 2018. That’s unlimited calls to 52 countries
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Google Maps offers a new and free update that allows users to build ‘Saved’ lists to include places, landmarks, restaurants, bars, and attractions.
Here’s how it works: 
First, locate a restaurant, park, museum, coffee shop, or anything else of interest on Google Maps.
Next, click the blue directions button on the bottom right side of the screen to be taken to the page. Click the ‘Save’ button in the middle of the screen.
Google will ask you which list you’d like to add to. Create a new list or create a new one.
To access the lists you’ve created, click the hamburger menu button at the upper left side of your main Maps page.
Click the first button on the drop-down: ‘Your Places’ to view labeled places, any custom maps you’ve created, and your visited and saved places.
Toggle to the ‘Saved’ menu to see all of your lists (choose private, share or public) 
One handy feature of this update: The listed places will include directions, hours of operation, and ratings without having to leave Maps.
Take a look at Google’s YouTube video for more. 

Disney World News
Pandora – The World of Avatar will open at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Saturday, May 27. Inspired by Academy-award winning filmmaker James Cameron’s box- office hit, ‘AVATAR,’ the new 12-acre land is located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Two main adventures include riding Mountain Banshee – a high-tech flight adventure through the jungles, floating mountains, and oceans. The family-friendly Na’vi River Journey guests will sail down a river hidden within a glowing rainforest. The expedition will end in an unforgettable encounter with a Na’vi Shaman, a figure who has a deep connection to the life force of Pandora.
Guests will also be able to dine at Satu’li Canteen, grab a drink at Pongu Pongu or shop for Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits, and more at Windtraders.
The expansion transforms Disney’s Animal Kingdom from a day into a nighttime theme park with extended entertainment.  
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Delta Air Lines has raised it’s one-way rates from Atlanta to Orlando to $99 each way, valid daily without blackout dates through January 14, 2018. But visitors may be able to stick to a travel budget while bundling airfare and lodging at Delta Vacations.
Sample prices, including round-trip airfare from Atlanta start from $255 per person (based on two adults, two children) for a three-night stay in mid-summer at the Best Western Plus Lake Buena Vista located in Disney Springs, a themed retail, dining and entertainment center inspired by Florida’s waterfront towns and historic architecture with 4 distinct neighborhoods – The Landing, Marketplace, West Side and Town Center.
Other same per person rates for summer visits range from $289 at Walt Disney World B Resort and from $304 at Disney All-Star Movies or Music. 

White House Tours
The White House will resume public tours starting March 7. To request a ticket, contact one of your congressional representatives at least 21 days in advance.
For more information visit the White House.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at any time.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$106 Denver, or $53 each way
A 3-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before March 15
Valid daily on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, February 17

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$168 San Francisco, or $84 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Finish travel on or before May 13
Valid Monday-Wednesday, Sunday west; Tuesday-Friday east
Blackout date: April 17
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, February 17

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$140 Los Angeles, or $70 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Thursday or Sunday through April 20
Tuesday travel is $132 round-trip, or $66 each way
Blackout date: April 17
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, February 17​

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$278 Key West, Florida
A 21-day advance purchase required
Stay at least any three nights
Finish trips on or before January 14, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid daily on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Newark:
$423 Newark to Glasgow, Scotland
A 28-day advance purchase required
Depart by August 22
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on United, nonstop
Purchase a separate ATL-EWR-ATL round-trip ticket on United for $206 a total of $629 (regularly $1,260)

HURRY! Round-trip from Boston:
$458 Boston to London
Depart April 7-15; return by April 23 or May 19-26
Valid outbound Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday; returns Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Stay at least any 7 nights or up to a year
Purchase a separate ATL-BOS-ATL round-trip on Delta for $139 for a total $597 to London

HURRY! Round-trip from Boston:
$484 Boston to London
Depart April 7-May 11; August 20-28; September 3-October 28 or December 14-23
Stay at least any 7 nights or up to a year
Valid daily on Delta, nonstop
Purchase a separate ATL-BOS-ATL round-trip on Delta for $139 for a total $623 to London

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are purchased during the ticket booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. 

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

New in New York
Holiday Inn Midtown goes independent as The Watson Hotel. Located in Midtown West, the affordable high-rise hotel conveniently sits near a variety of famous New York attractions including Central Park, Times Square, Columbus Circle, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
The two-tower, 600-room property boasts some of the largest guestrooms in New York City. Atop the South Tower is a seasonal Rooftop Garden complete with an outdoor rooftop pool, full wraparound sun deck and Poolside Cafe. The 270-degree unobstructed view reaches south to the World Trade Center and West across the Hudson River, offering the perfect oasis for budget-conscious families and solo travelers looking for proximity to the best of New York City.
In the lobby, a tour desk for concierge, sightseeing, transportation and business services is maintained twelve hours a day.
Other guest amenities include a full-service fitness center, free WiFi, the Gotham Cafe, which serves American and continental dishes, and the Skylight Lounge off the lobby.
In honor of the rebrand, The Watson Hotel will be giving away $100 gift certificates, drawn every day at 6PM through February 28, along with boxed chocolates and other small gift items.
Rates start from $89 a night. 

Make it Miami
Rates at Room Mate Hotels’ beachfront Miami properties are affordable with deals on stays through December 31 when bookings are made by February 28:
Room Mate Lord Balfour and Room Mate Waldorf Towers on Ocean Drive in South Beach offer superb city-center locations, free Wifi throughout the city via WiMate Total WiFi, and breakfast until noon for those late risers.
Rates at Room Mate Lord Balfour start from $145.
Room Mate Waldorf Towers, a renovated historic hotel, offers ocean views from any of the 44 guest rooms. Rates start from $130.
Refer to code WARMWINTER at checkout on Room Mate Hotels.


Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.


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