Travel e-Scapes: January 2, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Summer Vacations!

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$170 Manchester, New Hampshire or Providence, Rhode Island
$192 Grand Rapids, Michigan
$197 Myrtle Beach, S. Carolina
$225 Hartford, Connecticut
$230 Portland, Maine
$235 Bangor, Maine
$238 Rochester or Syracuse, NY
$284 St. George*, Utah
$327 Martha’s Vineyard* or Nantucket Island*, Massachusetts
$357 Cody*, Wyoming
$373 W. Yellowstone*, Montana
Valid daily through November 29
No blackout dates
Valid on Delta, nonstop (* requires one connection)


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

New Theme Park Attractions & News
If you’re planning ahead to spring and summer trips to a theme park you’ll want to know about some of the new rides and attractions debuting in the new year.
Disney’s Toy Story Land is expected to open in early summer at Walt Disney World Resort’s Hollywood Studios. Attractions and restaurants in the 11-acre land will be themed on toys from the “Toy Story” movie series, like the Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster and Woody’s Lunch Box, a quick-service window serving soda floats and more. Another ride will be Alien Swirling Saucers, where aliens circling in flying saucers pull along rocket ships full of guests. An existing attraction, Toy Story Mania, will get a third track.

Universal Orlando Resort opens a new attraction in the spring featuring characters, cars and music from the “Fast & Furious” movies. The Fast & Furious — Supercharged attraction will immerse guests in a story involving a high-speed race as they take a bus to an after-race party. Universal also is opening its sixth onsite hotel, Aventura, in August, with a 16-story glass tower, 600 guest rooms including 13 kids’ suites and the first rooftop bar and grill on Universal property.
The Time Traveler ride debuts in spring at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri. Billed as the industry’s fastest, steepest and tallest spinning roller coaster, Time Traveler drops riders at a 90-degree vertical angle followed by three inversions at speeds up to around 50 mph, all while spinning.
SeaWorld San Diego‘s new Electric Eel will be the tallest and fastest roller coaster in SoCal when it debuts this summer. The triple-launch coaster will thrust riders forward and backward, accelerate to more than 60 mph in seconds and go nearly 150 feet up, offering an upside-down view of Mission Bay.
This spring, Legoland in Winter Haven, Florida, will open what’s being billed as the first virtual reality roller coaster designed for children. The Great Lego Race VR Coaster replaces the park’s Project X roller coaster, reimagining the attraction with a new story plus special effects.
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Some Walt Disney World resorts have replaced “Do Not Disturb” signs with “Room Occupied” signs. The new signs give maintenance or housekeeping workers the ‘Right to Enter’. The employee must knock and identify himself or herself before entering, but can still just walk in, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
The change took effect last week at the Disney hotels accessible by the monorail – the Polynesian Village Resort, Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Contemporary Resort and its connected Bay Lake Tower.
Arriving guests are being notified about the new right-to-entry guidelines, the company also said.
If guests take issue with housekeeping or maintenance entering when they are gone, Disney said it will talk to people individually to address concerns.
Disney said it is evaluating whether to update procedures at its other resorts.

New Hotel Cancel Policy
Starting on January 1, Hyatt will no longer allow last-minute cancellations without a penalty (typically one-night room cost). To avoid the charge, guests must cancel at least 48 – not 24 – hours in advance (cancel policies can vary by property and travel period). Guests enrolled in Hyatt’s loyalty programs (World of Hyatt Explorist, Globalist or Lifetime Globalist), can still cancel a day before arrival at all but three brands: Hyatt Residence Club, Miraval and M life resort destinations.
In June, Marriott announced its 48-hour cancellation policy for new bookings at most Marriott and Starwood brands in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America. Hilton followed a month later for its lodgings in the United States and Canada. In addition, hotels in high-demand destinations, such as Hawaii, can require guests to cancel three or more days in advance.
IHG (InterContinental Hotels Group) also tightened its requirements last year, but the company is still more lenient than the other majors. The brand still requires a 24-hour advance notice to cancel without penalty vs. on day of a stay. The change affects bookings at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Even and Candlewood Suites in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.


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!

Southwest’s one-way sale from Atlanta, each way:
$59 Jacksonville
$61 Boston
$71 Orlando
$75 Greenville
$79 Detroit
$80 St. Louis
$82 Ft. Lauderdale, W. Palm Beach
$83 Cleveland, Houston, Kansas City
$87 Baltimore, Washington DC-Reagan or Dulles
$92 Ft. Myers, Tampa
$94 Raleigh
$96 Milwaukee, Pittsburgh
$97 Austin, San Antonio
$101 New Orleans
$113 Dallas
$114 Chicago
$119 Richmond
$120 Minneapolis
$128 Philadelphia, Phoenix
$135 Las Vegas
$137 Los Angeles
$144 Oakland
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid for travel through May 23
Not valid Fridays or Sundays
Travel to Florida and Vegas valid Sundays-Wednesdays; return Tuesdays-Fridays
Purchase by January 25 at Southwest Airlines

Two-Ticket Hack! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$222 St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Ticket #1: ATL-Miami-ATL, $36 each way, or $72 round-trip on American, nonstop (Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday)
Ticket #2: MIA-STT-MIA, $73 South, $77 north on American, nonstop – valid daily through April 30
Finish travel on or before April 30

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$225 Ottawa, Ontario, or $97 north, $128 south
$309 Toronto, Ontario, or $142 north, $167 south
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid daily through April 24
Valid on American via Philadelphia, NYC-LaGuardia or Washington DC
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Deals from other U.S. gateway airports:

Spring or Autumn Deal! Round-trip from Boston:
$426 Boston to Amsterdam
A 28-day advance purchase required
Depart by March 22 or October 28-November 20
Return by March 31 or November 28
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on American/British Airways; Delta/KLM or United/Lufthansa (one flight connection required)
Round-trip ATL-BOS-ATL rates from $120

Summer Sale! Round-trip from Boston:
$484 Boston to Naples, Italy
A 28-day advance purchase required
Depart March 23-May 1; August 13-24; September 16-October 27
Return April 1-May 17; August 20-October 28
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on American/British Airways via London
Round-trip ATL-BOS-ATL rates from $120

Round-trip from Miami:
$489 Miami to Inverness, Scotland
Depart March 23-31; May 11-28; July 16-August 7 or on September 10
Return March 31-April 8; May 18-June 22 or August 22-September 19
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on American/British Airways via London
Round-trip ATL-MIA-ATL rates from $72

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

Ski Vermont
Stowe is a quintessential New England town in Vermont. The town recently saw two feet of freshly fallen snow. Vermont makes for a romantic and an affordable alternative to pricey Rocky Mountain ski towns.
Set in historic downtown Stowe, the elegant Green Mountain Inn dates from 1833 and is 8 miles from the skiing at Stowe Mountain Resort. Refined rooms have flat-screen TVs and free WiFi, as well as Keurig coffeemakers. Suites add 4-poster beds and fireside whirlpool tubs. Onsite is a dining room and a casual bar/grill, a fitness center, game room, sauna, hot tub, a heated outdoor pool and a fire pit.
Save with Midweek Winter Getaway rates on stays through January 25:
Classic $126.75
Classic (2 beds) $134.25
Deluxe $141.75
Deluxe (2 beds) $149.25
Luxury $164.25
Luxury Suite $179.25
Regular winter rates start from $169 midweek; $189 weekends (January 26-March 24).
Rates include afternoon tea and cookies and exclusive of 6% Service Charge and 10% Vermont State Rooms Tax.
Refer to the Internet Special at time of reservation (call 800-253-730).
Get to Stowe, Vermont by flying into Burlington International Airport, just 40 minutes away. Rates on nonstop Delta service to Burlington (BTV) from $340.
Stowe is a premier four-season resort destination renowned for its alpine and Nordic recreation, mountain biking, hiking and world-class spas.

Cruise Deal!
Summer is prime time for spotting cascading waterfalls as you wind through breathtaking fjords in Norway. A deal from Holland America includes all meals, round-trip airfare and a weeklong cruise to Norway on Holland’s newest and largest ship, the 2,650-guest Konigsdam. Launched in 2016, the ship features cooking lessons at the Culinary Arts Center and wine blending lessons with experts from Washington’s Chateau Ste. Michelle winery, where you can mix and match various wines to craft your own bottle.
The following itinerary dates on the 7-night Koningsdam cruise are discounted to $1,889 per person, based on two sharing a cabin (a savings of $1,100):
July 1, 22; August 19, 26 (add $10 for June 24 sailing).
All taxes are included. Eligible American Express Card Members can use Membership Rewards Pay with Points to pay for all or part of the cruise. Round-trip airfare is included from Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City (Newark or JFK), Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, Savannah, Tampa and Washington D.C.
The ship calls at Flaam, Sognefjord, Stavanger, Kristiansand, Oslo or Eidfjord, Hardangerfjord, Alesund, Geiranger, Bergen
This is part of a larger sale that also includes discounted higher category cabins; a 10-night Baltic sailing starting at $2,180 per person and a 14-night journey from $2,474 per person.
Book your adventure with Prestige Cruises by January 3. Refer to discount code EA122717.


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


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