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Travel e-Scapes: September 1, 2017

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Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$40 Miami
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through February 14, 2018
Blackout dates: October 15, 22; November 25-27; December 22, 26; January 1, 2
Valid on American, nonstop
See more nonstop deals from American below…


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Gate Kiss Ok’d
Non-passengers will be allowed in the departure terminals at Pittsburgh International Airport without tickets starting September 5. It’s the first time in almost 16 years, a U.S. airport will let non-passengers head past security and mingle in gate areas.
Visitors who aren’t boarding a plane will still have to go through the same screening as fliers, including valid photo ID checks against no-fly lists and body scans. No word yet on TSA Pre-Check for airport plus ones, but the airport has already announced that ticketed passengers will be given security priority during peak travel times.
To get in, non-flying visitors will need to request a day-pass at a special counter in PIT’s ticketing area. Additionally, visitors are restricted to weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. for now.
This isn’t the first time the Pittsburgh airport has let non-passengers into its terminals. In 2014, the airport tested a holiday shopping day in its Airmall, one of the first of its kind when it opened in 1992. Around 3,000 people took to the airport to shop at Hugo Boss, Brooks Brothers, and Tumi.

Dining App
Brian Chesky, co-founder and CEO of Airbnb (52 million nights booked last year) recommends a restaurant-booking app called Resy that lets you choose from a curated roster of the coolest restaurants in every city, and reserve seats. You can pay for your meal through the app too.
Resy is reinventing hospitality using technology – meaning you get the best booking experience and reservation selection anywhere. Short story, if you want that booth on Friday night at 8 PM, then that’s what you get.
Each restaurant on Resy is road tested by the Resy staff. No begging, no wait-and-see, no phone calls. Two taps and the table is yours.
The reservation system is available in select cities – including ATL.

Earn a Free Stay
Choice Hotels International, one of the world’s largest hotel companies, is launching a Choice Privileges fall promotion in which its loyalty rewards members can earn a free night after two stays.
Guests who stay at a Choice Hotels property two times through November 11 can earn enough points to redeem for a future free night at over 1,000 hotels worldwide.
Members must register for the promotion before check-out and book on ChoiceHotels.com, the Choice Hotels mobile app, or by calling 800.4CHOICE.
Not only will members be able to earn a free night with this promotion, they benefit from instant perks like the first-of-its-kind Your Extras program along with special member pricing at over 5,500 hotels – all included in the free membership.
The unique Choice Privileges Your Extras program offers members instant rewards, including Choice Privileges bonus points, airline miles, gift cards for a premium coffee shop, fuel discounts, or shared ride credits at mid-week check-in, regardless of membership status. These extras are delivered right when members check into a hotel and options can be changed on every stay.
Choice’s loyalty rewards program was rated #1 in USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards list and #3 in US World News & Report’s Best Hotel Rewards Programs.
Members can redeem points towards free nights, airline miles and more, while staying at any of Choice’s 11 global brand hotels, including the Ascend Hotel Collection, Cambria Hotels, Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Sleep Inn, Quality, Clarion, MainStay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, Econo Lodge, and Rodeway Inn.


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:
$78 Philadelphia
$80 Chicago-O’Hare
$104 Dallas-Ft. Worth
$136 New York-LaGuardia
$184 Los Angeles
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 14, 2018
Blackout dates: October 15, 22; November 25-27; December 22, 26; January 1, 2
Valid on American, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$362 Grand Junction (via SLC)
$372 Steamboat Springs-Hayden (not daily)
$384 Aspen
$403 Vail-Eagle
Start travel on or after January 8, 2018
Finish trips on or before March 2, 2018
Valid west Sunday-Wednesday; Tuesday-Friday east
No minimum stay required
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop (see GJT for exception)

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$459 Rome
$587 Paris
A 28-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on October 29-December 14 or December 24-March 22, 2018 departures
A 7-night minimum stay required; one year max
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto or United via Newark

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$558 London
A 28-day advance purchase required
Valid daily on departures through March 31, 2018
Return on or before April 8, 2018
No blackout dates!
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Air Canada via Toronto or United via Newark

Round-trip from Atlanta + 5-night hotel stay:
From $754 per person, based on two flying and staying together to London
Most hotels include daily breakfast
Rates based on a 5-night stay
Included is one checked bag
Finish trips on or before March 31
Valid on British Airways, nonstop
Purchase by September 26 at BA.com
AARP members can save an additional $65

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges apply for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. 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 airfare specials worldwide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Posh Chicago Digs
Viceroy Chicago opens today in the heart of the vibrant Gold Coast neighborhood. The 180-room modern luxury hotel is located on the site of the former historic Cedar Hotel. It’s home to the neighborhood’s first rooftop pool with sweeping views of Lake Michigan and the city.
The hotel offers its guests wellness and fashion programming provided by locally based businesses including Chill Chicago, a modern meditation studio; CorePower Yoga, a nationally-recognized yoga provider; and FELT, an upscale women’s clothing boutique located in Chicago’s Logan Square.
Viceroy Chicago presents a number of ways for guests to remain mindful while traveling including “Moving Meditation,” an airport pick-up service that features a pre-recorded meditation session to enjoy while en route to the hotel, and “Chill Hour,” a weekly, on-site meditation class. Guests are also provided with meditation tips in-room. The hotel will host weekly yoga classes from CorePower, which will be open to guests and locals alike.
The hotel’s public spaces feature bold art fixtures, including a 30-foot teal Poem Wall towering over the lobby living room and inscribed with quotes from French poet Marcel Proust and floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the hotel. An expansive fitness center features panoramic views of Lake Michigan and the Gold Coast neighborhood.
Viceroy Chicago is also home to the highly anticipated restaurant Somerset, located on the ground floor of the hotel and al fresco dining on a large landscaped and tree-lined patio.
Guest rooms feature a distinct headboard-wall, enlarged, luxurious bathrooms and closets including Natura Bissé and ROIL bath and salon products, private bars with local and artisanal offerings, and comp Wi-Fi.
To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Viceroy Chicago offers special rates on minimum two-night stays from September 5 through December 9. Introductory rates from $184 with most nights averaging $214-$259.

Hoxton Opens in Paris
The ultra-edgy Hoxton brand has opened its hot new Paris property in a historic building in the 2nd arrondissement, a former industrial area that has found new life as the center of Paris’s tech industry.
With 172 guest rooms, the Hoxton features an urban-infused brasserie and an exotic cocktail bar in an 18th-century building, including two 300-year-old spiral staircases in both the lobby and bar.
The hotel offers guests a choice of four room categories: Shoebox from $117 a night, Cosy, Roomy and Biggy. These are spread over five floors, with those on the ground floor offering high ceilings and roll-top bathtubs, while those on the fourth come with views of the Eiffel Tower.
Guest rooms have wood panelling, chevron timber floors and cornicing, Lampe Gras lamps, woven metal partitions and with French-designed furnishings and contemporary tiled bathrooms.
The relaxed lobby space allows for guests and locals to cross paths, with comfy chairs and coffee and cocktails around the clock.
When it opens later this year, Hoxton Williamsburg Brooklyn will have three restaurants, including terrace and courtyard spaces, and a rooftop bar with views across Manhattan.


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


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