Travel e-Scapes: December 15, 2017

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Dublin, Ireland

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$439 Dublin, Ireland
Valid daily from January 12
Finish travel on or before March 7
$468-$530 valid daily from April 1
Finish travel on or before October 25
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

January is Learn to Ski Month
Ski resorts in 19 states are offering special deals in January to celebrate Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month. Here are some examples:
A 2-day Learn to Ski or Ride deal at Steamboat, Colorado includes two days of lessons, rentals and lift tickets for $250 from January 6-31. Available for adults and children ages 1st grade and older.
Diamond Peak at Incline Village-Lake Tahoe, Nevada is offering special Learn to Ski & Ride packages for just $49 from Monday through Thursday, January 22-25 for ages 7 and up. The package includes a beginner lift ticket, rental equipment, and a 105-min. lesson. For ages 4-6, the Diamond Peak Child Ski Center will also offer a 2-hour $49 Learn to Ski package that includes a lift ticket, rental equipment lesson.

It’s Showtime!
Enjoy special deals with the first-ever NYC Broadway Week Winter Stay promotion. More than 25 hotels join in the offer with special rates and two-for-one deals on tickets, dining and more. Choose from a wide selection of accommodations – from boutique properties such as the new Luma Hotel Times Square, and luxury options include The Chatwal and The Knickerbocker. Legacy brands such as the Hilton Midtown and the Sheraton New York Times Square are also participating.
Broadway Week returns to New York City with 20 shows expected to participate. Tickets go on sale on January 5 at 10:30 a.m. for performances January 16-February 4.


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:
$327 San Diego
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Finish trips on or before March 7
Blackout dates: February 15-17, 19
Stay at least one Saturday night
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase by December 20

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$419 Amsterdam
Valid daily on departures starting January 10
Finish trips on or before May 31
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$440 Paris
Depart daily from March 29-May 31
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$500 Frankfurt
$520 Munich
Depart daily by March 22 and finish trips on or before March 31
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$563 Brussels, Belgium
$568 Barcelona, Spain
Depart daily March 23-May 1; August 13-24 or September 16-October 27
Return April 1-May 17 or August 20-October 28
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$586 Madrid, Spain
Depart daily by May 2-August 12
Return May 18-August 19
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$605 Manchester, England
Depart daily through March 22
Finish trips on or before March 30 or April 9-May 17
A 7-night minimum stay require
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted
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Deals from other U.S. gateway airports:

Norwegian Air is expanding again and adding new U.S. departure airports:
From $149 each way:
Austin-London, March 27
Boston-Paris, May 2
From $159 each way:
Chicago-London, March 25
From $189 each way:
Oakland-Rome, February 6
From $199 each way:
New York JFK-Madrid, July 18
New York JFK-Amsterdam, May 7
Newark to Paris, February 28
Denver-Paris, April 9
From $229 each way:
Los Angeles-Madrid, July 16
Los Angeles-Milan, June 18
Oakland-Paris, April 10
Visit Norwegian Air and use the pull-down menu to change the departure city. Expect return flights to be slightly higher. And remember, everything but the cost of the ticket is extra!

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.


HOTELS, RESORTS & MORE

Best Value Hotel
TripAdvisor has recently announced the 10 Best Value Hotels in the U.S. based on traveler reviews and TripAdvisor price comparison of 200 booking sites. To qualify as a Best Value Hotel, a property must have at least 3.5 stars and four bubbles on TripAdvisor, offer rates at least 20% below the city average and that have a combination of quality rooms and amenities, and a great location. Another qualifier is for the property to be trendy or fun with local flavor.
Case in point: Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort in Tucson, Arizona. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “The hotel represents great value for what you’re getting, compared to just slightly cheaper places with no local character.”
Formerly a prestigious school, the resort once hosted Hollywood icons Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy and John Wayne. It’s set on 39 acres in the Catalina foothills and is just over five miles from Sabino Canyon. Guest rooms and casitas have a rustic-chic/hacienda-style and are surrounded by gardens. Suites and casitas have microwaves and private patios; some have fireplaces.
Onsite is an upscale restaurant with an expansive wine cellar, a patio, and a lounge area.
From $169.

North Pole by Rail
Experience the magic of the holiday season at The Chattanoogan hotel. The upscale hotel in downtown Chattanooga offers an overnight package and family-friendly holiday events and activities.
Enjoy a 75-minute train journey aboard the Tennessee Valley Railroad on the North Pole Limited Package. The ride is an imaginary journey to the North Pole and along the way, guests are treated to refreshments, storytelling, and sing-a-longs. As the Christmas train gently rolls down the rails, a number of lighted displays can be seen outside. Once the train pulls into the North Pole, Santa boards the train for a visit and gives children a keepsake gift. Rates from $175 (December 15-23) include tickets aboard the North Pole train ride; deluxe overnight accommodations; breakfast in the hotel’s Broad Street Grille; a welcome treat with hand-made cookies and hot cocoa; and valet parking.
The upscale Chattanoogan features three dining establishments and a day spa. It’s located within a two-hour drive from Atlanta and within walking distance of Chattanooga museums, galleries, shops, restaurants and the Tennessee Aquarium.


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


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