Travel e-Scapes: May 9, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Phoenix

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

TODAY! GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$108 Phoenix, or $54 each way on Frontier
$126 Phoenix, or $63 each way on American
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Valid daily through May 23 on Frontier
Valid Tuesday, Thursday or Sunday on American
Service is nonstop (not daily on Frontier)
Purchase today, May 9


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Attraction Passes

Protect Your Wallet
Major hotel brands are experiencing data hacks and customer credit card breaches. The latest was when InterContinental Hotels Group (IGH) revealed a data hack earlier this year affecting up to 1,200 hotels.
Cyber security experts predict that the tourism industry should expect an increasing number of data breaches.
So how do you protect yourself? Here are a few valuable consumer tips to heed to protect against data breaches while staying at hotels:
– Think twice about using your mobile device as a hotel key.
– Immediately stop using debit cards to check into hotels. Instead, use charge cards to protect yourself.
– Frequent hotel guests should use their own router and insist that the hotel allows you to connect to it.
The issue of free WiFi has also been taken on by the Harvard Business Review in its recent article, Why You Really Need to Stop Using Public Wi-Fi. The article cites a study conducted during last year’s Republican National Convention, where a security company set up fake WiFi hotspots to see how many people would log in. Stunningly, 1,200 people accessed the free WiFi addresses even without knowing the source of these hot spots. Some 68 percent of those users were found to have revealed personal data such as email passwords and bank login credentials after logging in.
The article’s author, Luke Bencie, a global security consultant, also specifically cited weaknesses in using free Wi-Fi at hotels. In particular, he references a scheme called “Evil Twin” where a hacker tricks users into logging in by setting up a hotspot that mirrors the hotel name. Once the user logs in, the hacker can see all their movements as they surf the web and has access to any private data revealed during the session.
In the article, Bencie recommends purchasing an unlimited data plan for your mobile device and not using free WiFi, ever. Other recommendations for using public WiFi include only signing into encrypted sites that use an HTTPS (rather than HTTP) address. Also, never (ever) sign into any sites, encrypted or otherwise, that contain your financial information such as banks or shopping sites.
As hackers continue to target the hospitality industry, both on large scale and through individual attacks, it’s important that consumers take increasing care with their personal data.
Because, as Bencie writes, “falling victim to public WiFi’s dangers is a question of when, not if.”

Miles Partnership
JetBlue and Icelandair have entered a frequent-flier partnership that will allow customers to earn points on the other airline’ flights.
JetBlue customers wishing to receive TrueBlue Points on Icelandair flights will receive 1 point for every 2 miles flown in economy and 1 point per mile for tickets booked in Icelandair’s Economy Comfort class.
JetBlue customers will receive a minimum of 500 points per Icelandair flight, though the points will not count toward elite status on JetBlue.
Icelandair says points earned by its customers flying on JetBlue will count toward elite status in its Saga Club loyalty program.
The airlines are offering a double-points offer through July 7 to help promote their new partnership.

Uber & Lyft at ATL
Kelly Yamanouchi for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shares how to legally get picked up by Uber or Lyft at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport:
Once you get to the terminal and have picked up any checked bags, use the Uber or Lyft app on your smartphone to request a ride.
Go down to the lower level curbside, which is the designated area for ride-share pickups. Follow signs in the terminal or instructions in the app to get to the lower level.
– At the domestic terminal, you can get picked up anywhere along the lower-level curbside. You can select on the Uber app the door number where you want to be picked up, or put a pin in the Lyft app at your pick-up location.
– At the international terminal, the ride-share pickup area is the outer curb of the lower-level arrivals curbside.
Meet your driver for pickup. Drivers are required to display plastic rear-view mirror permit hang-tags to pick up at the airport. You will be charged the fare plus a surcharge of $3.85. That surcharge includes a $1.50 fee (the same paid by taxi cab passengers and a $2.35 per-passenger security surcharge paid to the airport by companies like Uber and Lyft that use private background checks instead of a state fingerprint check.
Ride-share drivers wait for ride requests in a newly-designated staging area parking lot with 250 spaces off Sullivan Road, then proceed to the terminal to pick up customers about a 5-minute drive away.
Ride-share drivers are not permitted to wait for requests while in the cellphone lot or while driving around airport roads. Those areas are blacked out for ride-share app requests using geo-fencing technology.
How does Uber or Lyft compare to a taxi ride? The flat rate for taxi rides from Hartsfield-Jackson to downtown is $30. Uber X or Lyft rides can cost less than $20, though price varies depend on demand.


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! GO NOW! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$100 Denver, or $50 each way
No advance purchase required
Valid daily through May 24
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$110 Orlando, or $55 each way
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 13
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami (one-way permitted):
$190 Miami to Cancun, or $90 south, $100 north
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through August 31 – no blackout dates
Valid on American, nonstop
Note: Combine with a separate ATL-MIA-ATL ticket of $136 for a total of $326 to Cancun
Compare to Delta’s round-trip rate of $525 to Cancun

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$340 Sacramento CA, or $170 each way
$360 San Jose CA, or $180 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through April 5, 2018
Blackout dates: May 21, 25, 26; June 1, 11, 23, 25, 29, 30; July 9, 16, 30; September 7; November 17, 26, 27; December 22, 26; January 1; March 18
Valid on American via Phoenix

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges apply 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 airfare search tips and more fare specials worldwide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

New York Skyline
The Omni Berkshire Place, located on East 52nd Street in Manhattan, is a historic hotel dating back to 1926. The hotel was designed with a residential townhouse feel and features large guest rooms (a NYC rarity) and is just steps from Rockefeller Center, Fifth Avenue Shopping, Broadway, Central Park, and restaurants.
The “New York City Skyline” package includes overnight accommodations with an upgrade that offers a city view room, a map to city sights, one New York City themed welcome amenity and a $50 credit in its new Bob’s Steak and Chop House. Rates start from $249.
Book by May 31 for stays through September 5.

East Coast Golf
The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina in Cambridge, Maryland offers an unlimited golf package on stays through June 30. Play alongside the Eastern Shore’s scenic Choptank River on a GolfBoard, an easy-to-ride vehicle that looks like an electric surfboard and carries you and your clubs from shot to shot. Complete a round of golf in less than three hours vs. the four or more hours it typically takes. The 18-hole course is back-dropped by the beautiful coastal scenery. The 17th hole is a par 3 that stretches 200 yards.
The 342-acre resort features three outdoor and one indoor swimming pool, tennis, miniature golf, disc golf, jogging trails, boating, a fitness center, and a spa.
Additional amenities include a kids’ club, a market, and six restaurants.
The Unlimited Golf” package includes unlimited golf for two, overnight accommodations, and complimentary golf cart rental, club cleaning, bag storage, bag tag, and parking.
Rates start from $269 a night. The first round of golf must be reserved prior to arrival. GolfBoard rental is separate.


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


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