Travel e-Scapes: August 8, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Florida!

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$138 Orlando, or $69 each way
$168 Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach, or $84 each way
$182 Ft. Myers or Tampa, or $91 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on travel through February 14
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Travel to Florida Sundays-Wednesdays; from Florida Tuesdays-Fridays
Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 21, 22, 25-27; December 26, 27, 30, 31; January 1, 2
Purchase by August 17 at Southwest Airlines


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Airport Security Screening
Tighter screening is underway for about 325,000 people airline passengers who fly daily to the U.S. on 2,000 flights. Hundreds of airports throughout Europe are now struggling to implement stronger EU border controls, which is resulting in travelers spending hours waiting in lines and some missing flights.
John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, called the measures a new baseline for worldwide aviation security to better detect explosives hidden in electronics and to thwart airport workers from smuggling bombs onto planes.
If selected for random additional screening, travelers will have to remove electronics from protective cases and turn them on. Travelers should ensure their devices are charged before traveling.
Travelers may also see more 3D scanners, more swabbing for traces of explosives and more bomb-sniffing dogs at checkpoints.
The measures apply to 180 airlines flying to the U.S. from 280 airports in 105 countries.
Check with your carrier as most are warning passengers to arrive to the airport three and four hours ahead of departure to the U.S.

Hotel Safe Tips
It’s smart to use a hotel safe for your valuables, but are they safe? Maybe not.
Some hotels don’t change the default unlock code, which exists to helps you out when you’ve accidentally forgotten your self-created passcode. The default code for most hotel safe models is 000000 or 1-2-3-4.
Take the extra step to test the safe before leaving your room. Lock it with a special number passcode of your choice (typically 4 digits) and make sure you cannot unlock your safe with 000000 or 1-2-3-4.
If either code unlocks the safe (or there is no safe in your room), contact the front desk and ask if they have a safe or safety deposit boxes where you can store your valuables. Hotel staff may be able to reset the room safe for secure use.
An alternative is to lock your valuables, or valuables that don’t fit in the hotel safe, in your suitcase using a combination lock. Then, place the suitcase out of view in a closet or under a bed for additional security.


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!

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$224 Denver, or $112 each way
$260 Las Vegas, or $130 each way
$264 Los Angeles, or $132 each way
$338 San Diego, or $169 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on travel through February 14
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Travel to Florida and Nevada valid only Sundays-Wednesdays; from Florida and Nevada Tuesdays-Fridays
Blackout dates: September 1, 4; November 21, 22, 25-27; December 26, 27, 30, 31; January 1, 2
Purchase by August 17 at Southwest Airlines
Note: This is part of a larger Southwest sale

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$174 Denver, or $87 each way
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only through December 14
Blackout dates: September 17; October 15, 22; November 17, 22, 25-27
Valid on American via Dallas

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$206 San Francisco, or $103 each way
Valid Wednesdays starting on or after November 8
Finish trips on or before April 4
No blackout dates!
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$280 Vancouver, British Columbia, or $140 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid on trips finished on or before July 5, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid daily on Delta via Seattle

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$320 Oakland, California, or $160 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid on trips finished on or before July 5, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid daily on Delta via Salt Lake City

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$340 Cancun, or $170 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid through December 13 or January 9-March 1
Valid only Sundays-Wednesdays south; Tuesdays-Fridays north
Not valid northbound on November 28
Purchase by August 17 at Southwest Airlines

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$342 Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS)
Valid Mondays-Thursdays only; regular rates apply on other days
Depart on or after August 29 and finish trips on or before December 13
Depart on or after January 9 and finish trips on or before March 1
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by August 17
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Deals from other U.S. cities:

HURRY! Round-trip from Boston:
$497 Boston to London
Valid daily on August 20-May 11, 2018 departures
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Round-trip ATL-BOS-ATL on Delta are $124 daily (21-day advance) for a total of $621 ATL-London
Compare to Delta’s rate of $1,078 from ATL

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage, advance seat assignments, and more. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for domestic and international airlines.

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


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

House Arrest in Boston
For those who like their luxury spiked with a little adventure, the Loews Boston Hotel is letting guests stay under house arrest in what used to be the Boston Police Headquarters. The hotel, which is the current occupant of the site, offers the House Arrest package for stays through March.
Your cell will be one of Loews Boston’s luxurious guest rooms, which offers prime views of the Back Bay area. Instead of being greeted by a bright orange jumpsuit, Loews treats its inmates to a charcuterie board loaded with Italian meats and grilled bread.
The package comes with a $150 food and beverage credit (per stay), usable at the Precinct Kitchen + Bar, which prides itself on Boston favorites like lobster rolls, clambakes and Boston cream pies. Also included is a complimentary in-room movie and free valet parking for one vehicle throughout the stay (regularly $50 per night).
Hotel perks include a 24-hour fitness center, complimentary shoeshine, a concierge who can assist with things like sports tickets, checking exhibits at the local museum or getting you a table at a hot Boston lounge the locals can’t seem to stop talking about – and, (this editor’s favorite hotel perk…) charming, old-fashioned windows that open up to let in fresh air and natural light. Rates include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the hotel. From $299 a night.

Orlando Deals
Stay at the 4-Diamond AAA Rosen Shingle Creek on the special Labor of Love package between Friday, September 1 and Monday, September 4. Rates from $109 a night include discounts at the resort’s breakfast buffet, bars, spa, golf club and select dining options – and no resort fee. Upgrade to a one-bedroom suite for $75 per night.
Guest accommodations are among the largest in Central Florida with views of the surrounding environment and recreation areas. There are 13 unique eateries onsite from fine dining to an ice creamery, 24-market, coffee shop and more.
Resort activities include four outdoor pools (lap, family, lounging and kiddie), 2 hot tubs, Shingle Creek Golf Club and Brad Brewer Golf Academy, 2 lighted tennis courts, a basketball court, Olympic-regulation sand volleyball court, nature and walking trails and a game room.
The resort is about a 20-minute drive to Walt Disney World and Epcot.
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The newly renovated Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace, an Official Walt Disney World Hotel, offers the Long Weekender package. The hotel in the Disney Springs area is minutes from Walt Disney World and features a newly debuted recreation area with a zero-entry pool, a lazy river, cabanas with board games, retro-themed candy shop and more.
Resort perks: Complimentary shuttle to theme and water parks every 30 minutes, Sunday Disney character breakfast, guest rooms with views of the nightly fireworks show at Epcot, and children 5 and younger eat free at LetterPress when accompanied by a paid adult.
Valid on Thursday-Saturday arrivals. A Thursday arrival requires a 4-night minimum stay; 5-nights max. A 3-night minimum required on Friday arrivals (4-night max). Rates average $111 per night. A $25 daily resort fee not included. One night rates from $134.
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Food lovers can experience Visit Orlando’s Magical Dining Month beginning August 25-October 1 at over 100 Orlando area restaurants. Three-course prix fixe dinners will be offered for $35, including an appetizer, entrée and dessert.
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Enjoy the last long holiday weekend before Thanksgiving with free admission on Labor Day (regularly $10 per person) to Orlando’s 50-acre Harry P. Leu Gardens, a botanic garden & estate on Lake Rowena.


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


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