Travel e-Scapes: June 27, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: West Coast

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$284 Ontario or Palm Springs, California, or $142 each way
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start trips on or after August 22 and finish trips on or before December 15
Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 17-28
Valid on Delta via Salt Lake City
Purchase by June 29
Photo: The Parker Palm Springs


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Paris’ High Line
Promenade Plantée is now one of Paris’ cherished landmark. The green stroll (30+ feet above the street) was developed from a long-abandoned mid-19th century viaduct. It became the world’s first elevated park walkway when it opened in 1993 in the 12th arrondissement of Paris. Today the line that stretches 4.7 kilometers (nearly 3 miles) – from the Bastille to the Bois de Vincennes – is planted with cherry trees, maples, rose trellises, bamboo corridors and lavender.
The first couple kilometers of the park are raised up on these tracks, and then the park gradually lowers to the ground level.
Elevators and staircases dot the route to go to street level to check out shops below. The Viaduc des Arts are 45 brick archways transformed into artisan showrooms that range from violin-makers to glass blowers, jewellers to furniture and tapestry restorers.
But the city panorama across Parisian rooftops is the draw.
Learn more at Paris Walking Tours.

The Future is Here
Delta Air Lines has teamed up with trusted-traveler program Clear to begin piloting a biometric boarding pass at Reagan National. Eligible Delta SkyMiles members can access the Delta Sky Club using only their fingerprints on one of three available scanners.
A second phase would allow eligible members to exchange their boarding pass and ID for fingerprint identification at Delta’s ticket counter stations for bag drops, at boarding gates and Delta Sky Club desks.
Delta passengers with a SkyMiles number and who are also enrolled in Clear can participate in the pilot.
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JetBlue will be the first airline to use biometrics and facial recognition technology to verify customers at the gate during boarding. The paperless and deviceless self-boarding process will be trialed on flights from Boston Logan to Queen Beatrix International Airport in Aruba. Travelers who want to participate in the process will need to have their picture taken at a camera station in order to match it to the Customs and Border Protection’s database of passport, visa or immigration photos. The process could be the future solution for quick and easy boarding.
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All of the nearly 5,000 guest rooms at Wynn Las Vegas will feature Amazon Echo, enabling guests to control the room lights, temperature, drapes, and TV with the device.
Marriott is testing both Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Alexa in hotel rooms.
For instance, rooms at the Aloft Boston Seaport are outfitted with either Apple devices (Siri) or Amazon Echo (Alexa). The JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country already has 10 rooms equipped with the Amazon Echo.
Best Western Hotels & Resorts believes artificial intelligence and voice activation is the future vs. messaging and is testing Amazon Dot devices in a dozen hotels. The in-room Amazon Dot can be used by guests to leave a wake-up call, play music, order room service or report to housekeeping about needed maintenance.


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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$168 Las Vegas, or $84 each way
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday starting on or after August 15
Finish travel on or before November 1
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$264 San Diego, or $132 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through November 2
Blackout dates: July 16, 30; September 17
Valid on American via Dallas

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$272 San Francisco, or $136 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through November 2
Blackout dates: July 16, 30; September 17
Valid on American via Dallas

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$287 Orange County-Santa Ana, California
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start trips on or after August 22 and finish trips on or before December 15
Stay at least one Saturday night
Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 17-28
Valid on Delta via Salt Lake City
Purchase by June 29

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$341 Freeport, Bahamas, or $144 south, $197 to ATL
Valid daily from October 1 (nonstop service begins November 9)
Finish trips on or before November 30
No Thanksgiving blackout dates!
Valid on Delta
Purchase by July 5

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$362 Nassau, Bahamas
$418 Grand Cayman Island
$476 Aruba
$482 Montego Bay, Jamaica
$483 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico (via Mexico City; Saturday nonstop)
$483 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos, Mexico
Valid Monday-Thursday only; regular rates apply on other days
Start travel on or after August 22
Finish trips on or before December 14
Valid on Delta, nonstop unless indicated
Purchase by June 29

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$382 San Juan, Puerto Rico
Valid Monday-Thursday only; regular rates apply on other days
Depart September 6 and finish travel on or before December 7
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by June 29
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Deals from other U.S. cities:

One-way to the UK & Europe:
$90 from Chicago and Miami to Bristol, Brussels, Lyon, Frankfurt, Ireland and Scotland
$100 Los Angeles and San Francisco to London, Berlin, Denmark and more
$110 Washington DC to Iceland
One carry-on bag permitted (up to 26 lbs) for $29 each way
Return flights often higher
Checked bag ($48 prepaid online, $67 at check-in)
No in-flight beverage or meal service (pay on demand)
Valid on WOW Air

Round-trip from Boston:
$483 Boston to London
Valid daily on October 30-December 13 or December 24-April 6 departures
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Note: Purchase a separate ATL-BOS-ATL Delta ticket for $124 for a total of $607 to London (and allow for a Boston look/see stopover)

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

Winged creatures you can fly. Rivers that glow. Where in the world? It’s Pandora-The World of Avatar, the all new land that celebrates the magic of nature at Disney Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
Before you go, read 4-Hour Lines at Disney’s new ‘Avatar’-themed attraction. Is Pandora worth it? by Steve Hendrix for The Washington Post.
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Located on Lake Austin and minutes from Disney World, the expansive Grove Resort & Spa offers Avatar: Take Flight Celebration package. This 120-acre all-suite property (the largest development of its kind in Orange County, Florida) is opening in phases across a portion of Central Florida’s conservation grounds.
On site is the first wave simulator at any Orlando hotel, a 780-foot lazy river, three swimming pools, and dining options that range from full-service eat-in to do-it-yourself in-room. Accommodations are generously sized one, two and three-bedroom apartment-style accommodations.
The Avatar package includes accommodations (based on family of four), a one-day pass to Animal Kingdom (per person), transportation to/from Disney’s Ticket Center, an in-room welcome Avatar-theme amenity (DVD, board game or poster) and a $100 credit to the resort’s grab-and-go Alfresco Market.
Room rates from $300 on stays through December 31. Book by July 31.
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The B AN AVATAR package at the B Resort & Spa is available on stays through September 1 with rates from $139 a night (refer to promo code BAVATAR).
This modern hotel is an 8-minute walk from Walt Disney World Resort and 4 miles from SeaWorld Orlando. Some guest rooms have balconies or terraces, while others feature floor-to-ceiling windows with views of Walt Disney World. Family rooms have bunk beds; suites add separate living areas, and some offer wet bars or kitchenettes.
Amenities include a spa and a walk-in pool. The resort fee includes access to the exercise room and the kids’ club. There’s also an American restaurant, a cafe, and a poolside bar and grill.
The Avatar package includes a room upgrade, scheduled transportation to Animal Kingdom, reduced resort fee of $15 per night, a Banshee selfie in the hotel’s official Pandora Photo Area, two Avatar-themed cocktails or mocktails and 2P check-out. Not included is daily self-parking of $22.

Keys Crash Pad
The NYAH is set inside a historic guest house and is the perfect crash pad for groups of friends. Convertible guest rooms accommodate up to six in twin bunk beds (create your own room configuration). All rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs and high-thread-count sheets. Some rooms have balconies.
On site are three outdoor pools and two hot tubs. Join the daily happy hour and complimentary continental breakfast.
The Bachelor/ette Survival package includes an arrival drink, complimentary bike rentals for one day and 50% off rentals on additional days, 2P check-out and a Survival Kit of a NYAH-branded drawstring bag, sunglasses, earplugs, blackout mask, Listerine strips, sunblock, granola bar, Red Bull, and chapstick.
Rates from $159 on stays through December 31.
This lively and adult-exclusive bed and breakfast is an 8-minute walk to shops and restaurants on Duval Street and a 15-minute walk to Mallory Square.
Check out a few photos from a former guest on YouTube.


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


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