Travel e-Scapes: December 5, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Philadelphia

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$84 Philadelphia, or $42 each way
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through March 7
No nlackout dates
Valid on American, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Trip/Travel Insurance
Being prepared for the unexpected and for personal safety may be the real way to enjoy a stress free vacation. An extensive travel protection plan from a third party company would likely cover most of the problems experienced while traveling.
Many travelers believe they already have travel coverage with their personal health insurance, credit cards, and cruise/airline/hotel. Though this is somewhat true, coverage through those sources is usually much more limited.
Here’s a look at the differences between third party protection providers and other options:
Health Insurance – your ordinary health insurance plans may not offer coverage abroad, or they may have very low limits.
Medicare – Medicare simply does not offer medical coverage outside of the United States.
Credit Card – Credit cards usually have some travel coverage built in, but do not offer many of the benefits of a third party travel protection plan.
Cruise line – Cruise lines may offer their own protection plans, but it provides minimal coverage and may not help in more serious circumstances. For example, if you don’t book a flight with the cruise line, they may not offer coverage for any flight related issues.
In comparison, a third party travel protection plan offers a much wider range of coverage options and benefits. Unlike most of the other options, a third party protection plan begins while you are still home. Risks might include last minute cancellations due to sickness, severe weather, or even terrorism. If something does in fact happen, you will be reimbursed with a check rather than in credit vouchers toward whatever vendor you may have signed up through.
A travel protection plan often offers higher benefit limits, primary and secondary options, and covers against bankruptcy or default in case something unexpectedly happens with the tour operator.
By purchasing a travel protection plan travelers also have access to 24-7 non-insurance travel assistance services that offers perks including:
Pre-trip advice on weather, inoculations, or visa information
Coordinated emergency evacuation
Help with lost prescriptions
Help to find the closest medical facility by U.S standards, and more.
One of the most important aspects of receiving the coverage needed with an insurance plan is to always read the fine print and understand the rules and regulations of the supplier. Be sure to research and compare so you know you are investing in the right plan for the type of trip being planned.
To learn more and to receive a no-obligation quote, visit Travel Insured International.
To compare travel insurance coverage from several companies, visit Insure My Trip.

Smart Bag Alert!
If you’re shopping this holiday season for a new carry-on bag, heed a warning from American Airlines (other carriers expected to follow suit).
Smart bags, also known as smart luggage, have become more popular over the last few months, and they are expected to be a popular gift this holiday season.
However, the lithium battery power banks that make the bag ‘smart’ can pose a risk when they are placed in the cargo hold of an aircraft.
Beginning January 15, American Airlines customers (on all American and American Eagle flights) who travel with a smart bag must be able to remove the battery in case the bag has to be checked at any point in the customer’s journey. If the battery cannot be removed, the bag will not be allowed.
If the customer is able to take the bag into the cabin with them, the customer will be able to leave the battery installed. No additional action will be required, as long as the customer powers off the smart bag in accordance with existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. However, if a customer is required to check their smart bag, the customer will need to remove the battery.
Read more about smart bag features, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).


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:
$220 Portland, Maine
A 14-day advance purchase required
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Valid on trips finished on or before May 23, 2018
A Saturday night stay required
Blackout dates: December 22, 23; January 2, 7; February 15-17, 19; March 30, 31
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 14

HURRY! Summer Special! Round-trip from Atlanta (two-ticket method):
$274 Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
Ticket #1 $144 round-trip Boston-ACK-Boston, or $72 each way
Ticket #2 $130 round-trip Atlanta-Boston-Atlanta, or $65 each way
Valid on Jet Blue through September 4, 2018

HURRY! Round-trip to Toronto, Ontario – Three Ways!
$322 from Atlanta, or $154 north; $168 south
$260 from Chattanooga, or $117 north, $144 south
$246 from Greenville SC, or $128 north, $118 south
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through November 1, 2018
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop from Atlanta; American, Delta or United from other gateways with one flight connection

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$363 Gunnison-Crested Butte, Colorado
Start travel on or after January 7
Finish trips on or before March 2
Valid west Monday-Wednesday or Sunday; Tuesday-Friday east
Sunday-Thursday departures require a two-night minimum stay; otherwise one Saturday night
Blackout dates: January 15; February 9-12, 16-19
Valid on American via Dallas

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$393 Punta Cana, Dominican Repulic
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday only
Rates for other days from $453
Start travel on or after January 9; finish travel by March 1
Or, start travel on or after April 3; finish travel by May 17
A Saturday night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 14

HURRY! Summer Special! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$496 Juneau, Alaska, or $248 each way
$508 Fairbanks, Alaska, or $254 each way
Valid daily on Delta via Seattle
Finish trips on or before August 30 to JNU; August 29 FAI

NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates 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 a step-by-step search and booking guide.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

Georgia Staycation
Surrounded by the North Georgia mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort features “upscale, lodge-style accommodations in a serene setting” (Fodor’s). Frommer’s calls North Georgia “one of the South’s best-kept travel secrets,” with acres of greenery eclipsed by the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The resort is about a two-hour drive north of Atlanta.
A Travelzoo deal (and Groupon) saves 45%.
$125 for a 1-night stay for Sunday-Thursday arrivals with a $50 credit
$225 for a 2-night stay for Sunday-Wednesday arrivals with a $100 credit
$259 for a 2-night stay Friday arrivals with a $100 credit
Rates includes daily breakfast for two ($29 value). Credit can be used for activities or the spa.
Choose from Traditional King or two Double accommodations.
Valid on stays through April 1, 2018.
Blackout dates: December 15, 29-31; January 25-27; February 9-10, 23-24; March 4, 7-10, 13.
Treatments at the 7,500-square-foot spa include use of the steam room and hot tub. The championship golf course winds through wildlife preserves and alongside ponds and streams.
Daytrips within an hour of the resort include Brasstown Bald, Chattahoochee National Forest, Lake Blue Ridge, the Bavarian town of Helen and Crane Creek Vineyards.
Brasstown Bald, Georgia’s highest peak at 4,784 feet, offers views of four states (Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee) from its summit, and year-round trout fishing in the Hiawassee River. Head to Young Harris and Hiawassee, where you’ll find art galleries, restaurants, and cinemas.
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Stay one or two nights with the Groupon offer at rates of $109 for a King room or Double-Queen room. Rates include a $75 per night of stay activity credit valid for golf, trail rides, and spa services.
Brasstown Valley Resort features two dining settings and two outdoor pavilions. The resort’s Dining Room offers picturesque mountain views, Friday Evening Seafood Buffets and Sunday brunches. Choose to dine near a cozy fireplace or out on the mountain-view veranda.
For more casual dining visit the 19th hole, Brassies Grill for lunch, a quick afternoon snack or cozy fireside dinner. Play a friendly game of pool or darts or catch the game, race, or spectacular replays of the day on the big-screen TV. The Fireside Lounge and veranda is the perfect location for cocktails and conversations next to a crackling fire or under the stars.

Hotel Week NYC
More than a dozen small-chain and independent properties are participating in the 7th annual Hotel Week NYC, January 5-15. We expect that several other hotels will join in during the month of December.
Many hotels are offering substantial discounts off their regular rates with most per night rates at $200 and a few for $100 a night.
For example, the Paul Hotel, an Ascend Hotel Collection member (part of Choice Hotels), is offering rooms for only $100 per night.
The upscale Library Hotel at 299 Madison Avenue in Midtown East offers $200 per night rates, regularly $390.
Although you’ll find great value in this promo, you may find lower rates booking at your favorite travel websites.


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


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