Travel e-Scapes: October 17, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: San Francisco

Travel e-Scapes: 03212017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$198 San Francisco, or $99 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday through February 14
Add $10 per direction for other travel days
Blackout dates: November 17, 18, 21, 22, 25-27; December 18-22, 26-29, 31; January 1, 2, 7, 8
Valid on United, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Ski Savings Tips
Show your airline boarding pass, with a matching photo ID to the Mountain Concierge store at Reno Tahoe International Airport or to the Guest Services and Sales Center at Squaw Valley or Alpine Meadows to receive a ski or ride free ticket on that day of arrival. The pass is good for California’s Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows.
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On December 15, Snowmass in Colorado will offer $6.50 lift tickets. That was the price when the resort opened on that date 50 years ago. These days, those who pop for a single-day lift ticket at the resort pay $155.
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At Copper Mountain in Colorado, the Ski & Ride University is designed for adults (age 18+) who have never been on skis or a snowboard before. Participants get three lessons (a half-day and two full-day lessons), equipment rentals and lift tickets, all for $249 – less than you’d pay for two full-day adult lift tickets at the resort. The deal includes three days of free parking and lunch during full-day sessions. Graduates get a Copper Mountain season pass so they can practice what they’ve learned, for free, during the remainder of the 2017-18 winter season. Plus, get half off a 2018-19 season pass. Enrollment is required in person.
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Purchase lift tickets and ski passes in advance at a great value for over 250 resorts across North America at Liftopia. Savings are as much as 61% off, but shop early as quantities are limited.
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The Park City Quick Start (show your same day boarding pass for a free same-day lift ticket) will NOT be offered for the 2017-2018 ski season.

Regrets? I have a few…
According to a new study performed by Airfarewatchdog, the #1 career regret in the U.S. is not using all of one’s vacation days.
In a study of about 2,500 people, Airfarewatchdog found that as of mid-September 2017, 63% had 10 or more vacation days left to use in this calendar year, while 75% had a week of unused days. They also found that 45% of all participants admit to not taking advantage of all of their vacation days, and 74% say they regret that fact.
Who is to blame for the widespread trend? The study points to American work culture as a partial culprit, saying that 37% of participants did not feel encouraged by either their boss or their company to actually use all of those vacation days. However, 27% would still choose unlimited vacation over a 10% salary increase.
The pressure many Americans feel to work through their vacation days is causing some employers to take matters into their own hands, like the CEO of SimpliFlying, who insists his employees take a completely unplugged vacation for a full week every seven weeks. If they don’t leave work behind and get away, they won’t be paid for the week.


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):
$122 Boston, or $61 each way
$158 Detroit, or $79 each way
$166 Houston-Hobby or Kansas City, or $83 each way
$168 W. Palm Beach, or $84 each way
$174 Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles, or $87 each way
$172 Dallas-Love, or $86 each way
$186 New York-LaGuardia, or $98 each way
$228 Las Vegas, or $114 each way
$230 Denver, or $115 each way
$238 San Diego, or $169 each way
$256 Phoenix, or $128 each way
$274 Los Angeles, or $137 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesdays, Wednesdays only
Valid for travel from October 31-May 23, 2018
Blackout dates: November 21, 22, 26; December 21-23, 26, 27, 30, 31; January 1, 2
Purchase by October 26
Valid on Southwest Airlines, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$296 Seattle
Valid daily on departures started on or after November 1 and finished on or before December 13
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday on departures started on or after January 10 and finished on or before March 7
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by October 18

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$340 Cancun, or $170 each way
$398 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, or $199 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid for travel through December 13 or January 9-March 1, 2018
Valid Monday-Thursday only each way to/from Punta Cana
Valid to Cancun Sundays-Wednesdays; from Cancun Tuesdays-Fridays
Purchase by October 26
Valid on Southwest Airlines, nonstop

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$344 Reno-Lake Tahoe
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through May 23, 2018 on Delta via Salt Lake City
Blackout dates: November 26, 27; December 21-23, 30; January 2, 7; February 15-17, 19; March 30, 31
Purchase by October 26

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$423 Lima, Peru
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Valid daily through March 14
Blackout dates: December 15-January 8
Valid on United via Houston
Purchase by October 29
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Deals from other U.S. cities:

Round-trip from Boston, Chicago, NYC, Newark and Washington DC to Iceland:
$248 to Reykjavik on departures starting on or after January 8
Finish trips on or before March 28
Purchase by October 23
Valid on Icelandair, nonstop

Round-trip from Boston:
$362 Boston to Munich
$419 Boston to Paris
Depart on or after January 8
Finish trips on or before March 28
Purchase by October 23
Valid on Icelandair via Reykjavik
Opt to stopover in Iceland for up to one week at no extra charge
Note: RT ATL-BOS-ATL rates from $128, or $490 total two tickets to Munich

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply on most airlines for a 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 Travel Booking & Planning Guide page for airfare search tips.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Miami Hat Trick
The Ascend Hotel Collection welcomes the iconic Hotel Breakwater South Beach, Casa Victoria Orchid and Hotel Ocean properties in South Beach, Florida. These three boutique hotels, with roots in the 1930s, offer distinctive South Beach experiences for all travelers.
Enjoy a 15% savings on bookings made during October. Refer to booking code LADVANTAGE.
The Hotel Breakwater South Beach is located on Ocean Drive in South Beach’s vibrant art deco district, and about 9 blocks from upscale Lincoln Road Mall. Some of the modern rooms and suites add ocean views, private balconies and/or separate sitting areas. Amenities include a rooftop terrace, an upper-level pool, a 24-hour fitness center and two onsite restaurants. Rates from $139 include full breakfast and the use of loaner bicycles.
Hotel Ocean is among shops and restaurants across the road from Lummus Park and the waterfront. Some of the chic rooms have ocean views. The penthouse suite offers a private elevator, two balconies and a whirlpool tub. Complimentary perks include continental breakfast, and use of beach towels and sunloungers. There’s also an airy Italian restaurant with a terrace. Guests receive VIP passes to South Beach nightclubs. Rates from $139.
Set in the funky Espanola Way neighborhood, the quaint Casa Victoria Orchid is fronted by palm trees is an 8-minute walk from shopping and nightlife on Lincoln Road, and a mile from Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Rooms are streamlined while suites provide kitchens and dining areas. Freebies include continental breakfast and loaner bikes. Rates from $109.
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Stay two times at a Choice Hotels brand through November 11 to earn enough points to redeem for a future free night at over 1,000 hotels worldwide.
Members must register in advance of a stay to qualify. Not yet a member? Enjoy unique perks with free membership. Choice brands include Comfort Inn, Comfort Suites, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn, Clarion, Cambria Hotel & Suites, Mainstay Suites, Suburban Extended Stay, Econo Lodge, Rodeway Inn, and Ascend Hotel Collection.
Not a Choice Member? Join free today.

Celebrate NOLA Style
‘Tis the season for celebrations and savings at Courtyard New Orleans French Quarter Iberville.
The hotel near Bourbon Street provides the perfect home base for exploration in The Big Easy. Relax in rooms and suites with modern decor, plush bedding and complimentary Wi-Fi. The hotel also features a cafe and fitness center and guests can visit the adjacent Ritz-Carlton spa for treatments and massages.
Watch New Orleans transform into a Christmas wonderland. Kick off festivities at the Bayou Classic Thanksgiving Parade, where Grambling State University and Southern University march from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to the French Quarter. The annual parade on November 25 precedes the rivalry football game between the Tigers and Jaguars.
From November 21 to January 1, see the city sparkle at Celebration in the Oaks. Located in City Park, this event delivers a true spectacle with thousands of twinkling lights on trees and displays spanning over 25 acres.
Fun for the family awaits at NOLA Christmas Fest. Visit the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on December 21-31 for ice skating, carnival rides and snowball fights.
Hear the carolers at Jackson Square. Each year, thousands of locals and travelers alike gather at this free event to sing Christmas classics.
During the holidays the St. Louis Cathedral holds concerts with performances ranging from jazz bands to gospel choirs.
Book a November 20-December 31 stay by October 31 for rates from $102 a night. Refer to the Papa Noel promo code ADP.


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


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