Travel e-Scapes: July 14, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: New Orleans

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$126 New Orleans, or $63 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 14, 2018
Blackout dates: October 15, 20, 22; November 9, 12, 13, 17-19, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28; December 15, 17, 18, 20-22, 26, 29, 30; January 2, 7
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Compare to Southwest’s rate of $220 round-trip!


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Senior Savings
On August 28, the lifetime Senior Pass to over 84 million acres of protected national park lands will increase to $80. Travelers 62 years of age and better were able to buy the America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Senior Pass for just $10 since 1994.
The pass price is increasing as result of the Centennial Legislation (P.L. 114-289) passed by the U.S. Congress on December 16, 2016.
The $80 lifetime pass covers all National Park entrance fees for the pass holder and their companions in a noncommercial vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas and pass owner – plus three adults, not to exceed four adults. Children under 16 are always admitted free. It also includes discounts for some campsites and tours across the country.
Beat the deadline and purchase the $10 pass by August 27. Purchase at a national park or other federal recreation area that charges an entrance fee. Or, buy online (additional $10 processing fee applies). U.S. citizens or permanent residents 62 years or older are eligible for the Senior Pass. Proof of age and residency is required.
Learn more about how the pass funds help to contribute to our National Park Foundation Endowment.

Foodie Alert!
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month, sponsored by American Express, returns August 25-October 1 with more than 100 restaurants each offering a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for just $35 per person. This year’s restaurants, from downtown Orlando to Restaurant Row and beyond, offer a menu and setting for every occasion from romantic settings, notable chefs, dinner with a view, exotic to family-friendly.
For the first time, six restaurants from Walt Disney World Resort hotels join the program’s growing line-up. Locations include:
Walt Disney World Resort – Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
The Wave at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Boatwright’s Dining Hall at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort
The Turf Club at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort
The Grand Floridian Cafe at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort
Olivia’s Cafe at Disney’s Old Key West Resort
A full list of all participating restaurants, menus and OpenTable reservations are available now at OrlandoMagicalDining.com.


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):
$82 Chicago-O’Hare, or $41 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 14
Blackout dates: September 17; November 26, 27; December 22, 26; January 1, 2
Valid on American, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$116 Boston, or $58 each way
$132 Orlando, or $66 each way
$152 St. Louis, or $76 each way
$164 Kansas City, or $82 each way
$168 Ft. Lauderdale and W. Palm Beach, or $84 each way
$170 Houston, or $85 each way
Start travel on or after August 22
Finish trips on or before December 13
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Travel to Florida Sunday-Wednesday; return Tuesday-Friday
Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 21, 22, 25-27
Valid on Southwest, nonstop
Purchase by July 27

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$168 Las Vegas, or $84 each way
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday starting on or after August 15
Finish trips on or before October 4
Blackout dates: September 1, 4, 5
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$400 Bermuda, or $146 outbound, $254 return
Valid most days through December 14
Valid on JetBlue via Boston
Note: Purchase two separate one-way trips (ATL-BOS-BDA and BDA-BOS-ATL)
Compare to Delta’s round-trip rates of $737!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$427 Rome
$564 Paris
Depart October 29-December 14; December 24-March 22
Return October 30-January 1; January 0-March 31
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$592 Brussels, Belgium
Depart August 6-25; September 3-May 10
Return August 21-June 1
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid daily on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$655 Manchester, England
Depart December 15-23; March 23-31
Return December 29-January 8; March 31-April 8
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid daily on United via Newark

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$673 Beijing, China
Depart August 28-December 9 or December 25-31
A 3-night minimum stay required; six months max
Valid on United via Chicago outbound; San Francisco return
Purchase by July 25

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

Summer in NOLA
The Q&C HotelBar New Orleans, a 196-room boutique hotel on the edge of the French Quarter, is offering rooms this summer from $91 a night, including breakfast for two adults and up to two children 12 and younger staying in the same room.
The hotel is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Join the free Marriott Rewards program to get complimentary WiFi.
The hotel has a restaurant, bar (voted Top 10 Happy Hour bars) and fitness center.
Check out Tourist at Home for more sizzling summertime deals from many fine hotels and restaurants in New Orleans.
Visiting New Orleans in August? Savor NOLA’s restaurant month, with value-priced lunches and dinners at more than 80 eateries.

Lovely Lisboa
Sunny and picturesque Lisbon has much to offer the cultural explorer, and the luxury five-star Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is making a city getaway more attractive with two savings package.
An overnight Escape & Rejuvenate package is priced from €160 and includes full buffet breakfast, unlimited access to the heated indoor pool and fitness room and one Aromatherapy massage, per person
The Suite Lisbon package requires a 3-night stay and is valid through March 31. Perks include:
Round-trip airport transfers
A suite filled with Champagne, truffles and white roses
Complimentary clothes pressing
A €40 credit towards an ESPA treatment in the hotel spa
A €40 credit to Tipico, one of the four hotel restaurants and bars
Rates from €220 per night.
The hotel’s suites are spacious, open plan rooms with breathtaking views of the city. King-size beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, LCD HD TVs, complimentary wifi, and tea and coffee-making facilities make it a home-from-home.
Lisbon is one of the world’s hottest destination right now and the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon is a short distance from the city’s sights and landmarks.
The latest attraction to open is the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology (MAAT), located along the banks of the Tagus River in the Belem district. Opened last October, it spans two buildings and showcases contemporary culture through visual arts, new media, architecture, technology and science.
MAAT is part of an exciting urban revitalisation programme along Lisbon’s historic waterfront with upgrades and additions transforming Lisbon’s tourism infrastructure over the next three years – including the opening in 2019 of a Jewish Museum in the medieval quarter of Alfama.
Other tourist must-do’s include:
The April 25 suspension bridge, Europe’s longest bridge
Jeronimos Monastery, the resting place of explorer Vasco da Gama and a UNESCO World Heritage site
Belem watchtower, another UNESCO World Heritage site
St George’s Castle
Alfama, Lisbon’s medieval village-like neighbourhood
The private art collection at the Calouste Gulbenkian Musuem and the modern art collections inside the Berardo Museum
The museum inside the lavishly decorated Madre de Deus Convent and the gold-encrusted chapel inside Sao Roque Church.


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


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