Travel e-Scapes: October 20, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Phoenix

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$256 Phoenix, or $128 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Fridays or Sundays on Delta
Valid Tuesday, Wednesdays only on Southwest
Finish trips on or before May 23
Blackout dates: November 26, 27; December 21-23, 30; January 2, 7; February 15-17, 19; March 30, 31
Valid on Delta or Southwest, nonstop
Purchase by October 26


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Weddings at Sea
Celebrity Cruises just announced that same-sex marriages performed onboard are now legally recognized, marking a historic first for the modern luxury brand.
The motion follows a transformative vote in Malta, where a majority of the Celebrity fleet is registered, which passed the country’s parliament 66-1. The long-awaited referendum opens the door for Celebrity to legally recognize same-sex marriages performed onboard, and have the fleet’s captains officiate the ceremonies.
Celebrity Weddings has already hosted many same-sex weddings in the U.S., Mexico, and the Caribbean, where legal, but the new Malta ruling opens up marriage equality for anyone and everyone sailing with Celebrity Cruises while in international waters.
The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. The Nautical Nuptials at Sea package includes a Captain-led ceremony, an event coordinator’s services, live music, one hour of photography, cake for two, bottle of Champagne, a bouquet and boutonniere, plus additional romantic turndown amenities post-ceremony.
Learn more about the Celebrity Weddings program and The Wedding Experience.

In-Flight Warnings
A former flight attendant, Heather Wilde, told a Quora thread that the water lines on airplanes are never cleaned. Like ever.
“Flight attendants will not drink hot water on the plane. They will not drink plain coffee and they will not drink plain tea,” Wilde said.
What’s more, the EPA found that one in every eight planes failed the agency’s standards for water safety and 15% of tested aircraft water systems contained potentially harmful bacteria, according to the New York Post.
Among the other airplane tips and tricks highlighted in the New York Post include a tip on a hidden handrail running along the overhead storage bins in most commercial airplanes. The handrail can be used to steady yourself (as many flight attendants can be seen doing) when walking up and down the aisle. Think of this as a favor to the passengers whose headrests you usually grab not knowing there is a handrail just above.
There are some other such features that typically go unnoticed on the plane.
The “secret” button in the armrest of the chair closest to the aisle is another example.
The button in question is underneath the armrest, close to the hinge. It allows the armrest to be lifted all the way up, flush with the back of the seat. Think of it as a hack to create a bit more space.
Another bit of airplane trivia that falls in the safety category are those tiny holes in the plane windows: They are a safety feature designed to reduce the pressure on the middle window pane so that the outer pane is the one that takes the force of the cabin pressure.
And one last tip: The tray tables are among the least hygienic surfaces on the plane (well, besides the bathroom surfaces, most likely.)
One attendant noted on Reddit that it’s not unusual for people to chair their babies diapers on that tray table. And not all tray tables get wiped down thoroughly in between flights. When they are wiped, the cleaner is almost always using the same cloth to wipe down every tray table on the plane.
You’re welcome.


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:
$24 Miami
$45 Philadelphia
$63 Los Angeles
$68 NYC-LaGuardia
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through February 14
Exception Miami: Valid Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday each way
Blackout dates: December 22, 23, 26, 30; January 2
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by October 25

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$166 Kansas City
$182 Columbus
$306 Sacramento
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Finish trips on or before May 23
Blackout dates: November 26, 27; December 21-23, 30; January 2, 7; February 15-17, 19; March 30, 31
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by October 26

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$158 St. Louis, or $79 each way
$290 Palm Springs, or $145 each way
$344 Reno-Tahoe, or $172 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Finish trips on or before May 23
Blackout dates: November 26, 27; December 21-23, 30; January 2, 7; February 15-17, 19; March 30, 31
Valid on Delta via Salt Lake City (nonstop STL)
Purchase by October 26

Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$660 Honolulu, or $330 each way
A 30-day advance purchase required
Valid Monday-Thursday only
Depart by November 15; November 20-December 12; December 26-March 7; March 13-15 or April 3-May 23
Return through November 24; November 29-January 2; January 8-March 21 or April 11-May 24
Valid on United via Houston
Purchase by October 24
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Deals from other U.S. cities:

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami:
$208 Miami to Aruba, or $87 south, $121 north
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through September 15, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid on American, nonstop
Round-trip ATL-MIA-ATL rates from as low as $48 round-trip for a total of $256 Atlanta to Aruba
Compare to Delta’s rate of $501

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami (one-way permitted):
$389 Miami to Paris + Portugal
Valid daily on TAP-Portugal
No blackout dates
Finish trips on or before September 15, 2018
Stopovers permitted in Lisbon at no additional charge
One-way permitted to Paris at $164; $286 from Paris
Note: Round-trip ATL-MIA-ATL rates from as low as $48 round-trip

HURRY! Round-trip from Chicago:
$426 Chicago to Paris
Start travel on or after January 10
Finish trips on or before June 10
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Note: Round-trip ATL-ORD-ATL rates from as low as $78 round-trip on American

HURRY! Round-trip from Miami (one-way permitted):
$483 Miami to London + Portugal
Valid daily on TAP-Portugal
No blackout dates
Finish trips on or before September 15, 2018
Stopovers permitted in Lisbon at no additional charge
One-way permitted to London at $166; $314 from London
Note: Round-trip ATL-MIA-ATL rates from as low as $48 round-trip

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

New Chicago Digs
The Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop – Theatre District recently opened on Randolph Street in Chicago. Originally constructed in 1927, the 22-story, 199-room hotel is situated above the historic Ford Center for the Performing Arts Oriental Theatre. The property is in the center of the Chicago Loop. Block Thirty Seven, an assemblage of high-end apartments, restaurants, and local retail outlets, is located directly across the street from the hotel.
The property features a spacious lobby, a high-design fitness center, and contemporary onsite dining with a menu of local specialties, liquor, wine, and local craft beers, and freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches.
To meet the desires of today’s upscale travelers who want to maximize every moment of their trip, the Cambria Hotel Chicago Loop – Theatre District is launching a virtual concierge service entitled “Cambria Connectors.” This program enables guests to receive real-time local recommendations via social media from two Chicago influencers, Chicago Food Authority and Kelly in the City using the hashtag “#CambriaConnectors.”
Nightly rates from just $84.
Cambria Hotels is part of the Choice Rewards program. Earn rewards, like free nights and gift cards, with free membership in Choice Privileges.

Columbus Getaway
Hotel LeVeque is an Autograph Collection Hotel located in historic LeVeque Tower in the heart of downtown in Ohio’s capital city.
Originally built in 1927 as the American Insurance Union Citadel, the LeVeque Tower was the fifth tallest building in the world. The art deco architecture remains the city’s most recognizable and most photographed and revered architectural treasures. Throughout the holidays the soaring Art Deco facade of LeVeque Tower is bathed in red and green lights and holiday decor.
Hotel LeVeque’s Holiday Lights & Shopping Package is available on November 17 through January 8 stays and includes deluxe accommodations with a view of the city’s glittering riverfront, bedecked in holiday finery and 250,000 lights. Also included is a two-hour guided tour of Columbus holiday lights, featuring Holiday Lights on the Scioto Mile, Festival of Lights at Columbus Commons and the beloved Christmas Corner tradition, a life-sized Nativity display with live holiday music (Thursdays and Saturdays, November 30-January 1).
Other inclusives:
A holiday shopping guide, featuring the Made in CBus Trail with more than a dozen stops offering locally crafted gifts (visit just four stops for a complimentary Made in CBus t-shirt)
A goodie bag packed with all you need wrapping the gifts you purchased on the trail
Hot cocoa for two
Breakfast for two at Hotel LeVeque’s esteemed restaurant, The Keep
Turndown service with starlight planetarium room lighting
Rates start from $229 for two (add $20 each for children).


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


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