Travel e-Scapes: July 2, 2015

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Istanbul, Turkey

Travel e-Scapes: Istanbul

Round-trip from Atlanta to Istanbul:

$690 KLM  (+Fees $) via Amsterdam
$699 Air France (+Fees $) via Paris
$714 Delta (+Fees $) via New York-JFK
No advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Depart by September 9
Purchase by September 9
Stopovers not permitted enroute


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

JetBlue Caves
JetBlue will begin to charge customers checking a piece of luggage on new bookings, starting immediately. Those with existing reservations will still get one free checked bag. Fare structures have also changed…
Travelers will choose from three types of airfare classes:

  • Blue: The least expensive fares do not offer a checked bag allowance. One checked bag will cost $20 one-way during online check-in or at a JetBlue kiosk. The fee will rise to $25 for bags checked at the airport. Fees will be reduced for a second checked bag: $35 from $50. Also, change fees will be reduced to $70-$135 (was $75-$150).
  • Blue Plus: The next highest fare level (about $15 higher each way) which includes one free checked bag, more frequent flier points and lower fees if passengers want to make changes to the reservation. Itinerary change fees will be reduced to $60-$120 (was $75-$150).
  • Blue Flex: The highest airfare level (about $100 higher than Blue rates) includes two free checked bags, no-fee schedule changes and fully refundable if canceled.

Free for Fourth Graders
Starting September 2015, every fourth grader in the United States and their family will be able to enter all national parks for free for an entire year as part of the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative. The program is designed to get more kids connected to nature and disconnected from electronic media. According to park statistics, if children are not introduced to camping and local, state or national parks by 11 years old, many will not be park users or campers.
There are other opportunities to enter National Parks for free. The National Park Service offers several free entrance days in the National Parks, and teenagers younger than 16 years old can access the parks for free. There is a fee for adults accompanying them and for the family car. An annual nationwide family vehicle pass is $80. The annual pass is free for U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members. Learn more about park pass options and other discounts.
The National Park Service offers the Junior Ranger Program, designed for children ages 5-13, an activity based program conducted in almost all parks.
The National Park Service was created by an act of congress and approved by President Woodrow Wilson to make the bureau responsible for the Interior Department’s National Parks and Monuments.


SPECIAL DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL OFFERS

Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   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!

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$115 Salisbury, Maryland
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Purchase today, July 2
Valid on American/USAirways(+Fees $) via Charlotte or Philadelphia

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$188 Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Travel any available day
Valid on southbound flights operating between 8-10am; northbound 3-6pm
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta(+Fees $), nonstop
Purchase today, July 2

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$190 Charlottesville VA
$208 Raleigh-Durham
$210 Norfolk, New Bern NC, Wilmington NC or Fayetteville NC
$222 Lynchburg VA
$228 Providence RI
$250 Newport News VA
$255 Manchester NH
$268 Islip NY
$273 Scranton PA
Not valid Friday or Sunday
Start travel on or after August 25
Complete travel on or before December 16
Blackout dates: September 3, 4, 7; November 24, 25, 28-30
Purchase today, July 2
Valid on American/USAirways(+Fees $) via Charlotte or Philadelphia

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$239 Seattle
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day
Complete travel on or before May 28, 2016
No blackout dates
Valid on American/USAirways(+Fees $) via Charlotte or Phoenix

Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your ticket!
+Fees $$$ = Carry-on Bags: $10-$75; Checked Bags: $15-$100; Seats: $3-$199; additional fees vary by carrier
+Fees $ = Checked Bags: $24-$125; Select/Preferred Seats: $9-$99


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Caribbean Hotel & Resort Sale
The ‘Stay Longer & Play Longer’ promotion from Hilton Caribbean Hotels and Resorts includes a 4th night free, kids stay free and a $100 resort credit, per room, per stay. Register for the HHonors reward program (it’s free to join) and stay by August 31 to earn your choice of Double HHonors Points or Double airline Miles. And if you find a lower rate, Hilton will match it and give you $50.
The following rates (from $) are valid on stays through September 30:
$74 El San Juan Resort & Casino: On Isla Verde Beach.
$89 Embassy Suites Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Outdoor rooftop pool, free breakfast and nightly reception.
$96 Condado Plaza Hilton: Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean & Condado Lagoon.
$96 Condado Lagoon Villas at Caribe Hilton: Posh villas.
$96 Doubletree San Juan: Tropical pool and near to the best night life.
$99 Hilton Cartagena: Surrounded by the Caribbean, close to the ancient walled city.
$99 Hilton Curaçao: Newly renovated rooms with private balcony and two white sand beaches.
$111 Hilton Ponce Golf & Casino Resort: Championship golf, pools, beach, casino.
$119 Hilton Rose Hall Jamaica: All-inclusive beach resort on an 18-century estate.
$119 Embassy Suites Dorado del Mar Beach Resort: Newly renovated beachfront resort, free breakfast and evening reception. Spacious suites with kitchenette.
$126 El Conquistador, Waldorf Astoria Resort: Grand resort overlooking the Caribbean, private island, water park, golf.
$135 British Colonial Hilton Nassau
$149 Las Casitas VIllage, Waldorf Astoria Resort: Secluded villas offering butler service, golf, water park on private Palomino Island.
$199 Embassy Suites San Juan Hotel & Casino: Newly renovated all-suite hotel, steps from Isla Verde beach, free evening reception and breakfast.
$199 Hilton Barbados Resort: Beachfront with onsite scuba diving, infinity pool complex, UNESCO World Heritage ruins.
$219 Hilton Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
$298 Puerto Rico Caribe Hilton: Oceanfront pools, secluded beach, spa and several restaurants.
Reserve by September 26. This promotion requires advance reservations and a minimum stay of four consecutive nights. Each hotel has a policy addressing cancellations and/or blackout dates that may apply. When booking, refer to Plan Code RPPSL1 or P7L. 

For Beach Bums
Travelers who book the Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort’s ‘Sea and Sun Beach Bum’ package receive a collection of travel-sized Sun Bum skincare products, a $50 resort credit and complimentary Linus bike rentals to explore the island. Rates start at $208 per night. Valid on stays through October 31. A 3-night minimum stay is required. Refer to Promo Code P74. This luxury Marriott resort is located on world-famous Seven Mile Beach and is within walking distance to shopping, dining and entertainment. On site is the La Mer Spa, four restaurants, a fitness center and pool.


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


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