Travel e-Scapes: January 5, 2016

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Travel e-Scapes: January 5, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$222 Orange County-Santa Ana, California
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before December 1, 2016
Valid on Delta, nonstop


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Hit a Winter Trail
The 21st Annual Winter Trails event will be held during the month of January (previously a one-day event) to introduce individuals to discover snowshoeing and cross country skiing. Events will include special offers on trail passes, rentals and mini cross country lessons and will vary site to site from free to reduced package pricing at over 100 locations around the country. Venues include alpine resorts, Nordic centers, state parks, National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service land. Advanced registration is suggested, but many sites also offer on-site registration. WinterTrails.org

Belt Up!
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has taken to Twitter to remind flyers to buckle up throughout the duration of a flight. It posted a seatbelt warning amid an ongoing investigation into severe turbulence on a December 30 Air Canada flight from Shanghai to Toronto and diverted to Calgary. The incident sent 21 people to hospital. Air Canada said three passengers remain in hospital with injuries including serious chest and neck trauma.
‘We thought we were dying,’ one passenger, Connie Gelber, told CTV, a Canadian broadcaster.

‘The ceiling literally fell down,’ another passenger, Elizabeth Brayton, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation after arriving in Toronto on a second airplane early Thursday morning. ‘There was a lot of screaming and a lot of kids crying.’
Passenger Suzanne Caudry told CBC News that she saw two passengers who were not wearing seatbelts thrown into the air. ‘Their heads had literally hit the ceiling and actually gone through the plastic,’ she said. ‘The fact that nobody was seriously injured is a miracle.’
The airline said the seat belt sign was on at the time, but many passengers were not buckled up.
An aviation expert said the good safety record of air travel has given flyers a laissez-faire attitude to seatbelt instructions.
What is Turbulence?
It’s an air movement that normally cannot be seen and often occurs unexpectedly. It can be created by many different conditions, including atmospheric pressure, jet streams, air around mountains, cold or warm weather fronts or thunderstorms. Turbulence can even occur when the sky appears to be clear.
In-flight turbulence is the leading cause of injuries to airline passengers and flight attendants.
Each year, approximately 58 people in the United States are injured by turbulence while not wearing their seat belts.
Seat belts should be buckled for the duration of any flight.
Learn more about travel safety at the FAA


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:
$43 Miami
No advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before March 2
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase today, January 5

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$48 New York-LaGuardia
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday or Wednesday
Complete travel on or before January 27
Valid on American, nonstop

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$78 Los Angeles
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 3
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by January 8

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$135 Portland, Oregon
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 6
Blackout dates: March 4, 10, 11, 13, 17, 18, 20, 28
Valid on American via Dallas-Ft. Worth or Phoenix
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$150 Santa Fe, New Mexico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 6
Valid on United via Denver
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$192 Houston, Texas
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before December 1
Valid on United, nonstop

Round-trip from Houston, Texas:
$760 Houston to Bangkok, Thailand
A 90-day advance purchase required
Depart on or before May 20
Add $20 per round-trip for May 21-31 departures
No minimum stay required; 3 months max
Valid on United via Tokyo, Japan
One stopover permitted for an additional $100
Purchase by January 31

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$939 Rome
$997 Milan
$1,015 Paris
Depart May 17-August 22
Travel any available day of the week
A 7-night minimum stay required; 3 months max
Valid on Delta, nonstop Paris and Rome; via New Youk-JFK to Milan
Purchase by January 6
Other carriers match with connecting service

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 added during the flight 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.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT DEALS

Escorted China Tour
The upscale vacation tour operator Sinorama Holidays offers its escorted ‘Focus of China’ Air & Land Tour with a Yangtze River cruise and visits to the Terra Cotta Army in Xi’an, Tiananmen Square and Great Wall of China.  The tour is offered from many departure cities across the country for less than $1,600 per person
Here’s what’s included:
Round-trip airfare to China and intra-China flight, transfers and ground transportation
Six nights in well-reviewed hotels in Beijing, Xi’an and Wuhan
Four-night 5-star Yangtze River cruise
26 meals
English-speaking guide, sightseeing and admission fees throughout (unless otherwise stated)
Taxes, service charges, all gratuities and fuel surcharges
Per person rates, based on two traveling together.  Add $499 for the solo travel supplement:
$1,399 from Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle
$1,499 from Albany, Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New York (JFK, Newark and LaGuardia), Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland (Ore.), San Antonio, San Diego, Washington D.C.
Not included:
Airline baggage fees when applicable
Chinese visa fee
Additional optional city tours
Available departure dates are offered throughout 2016, staring February 29 (not valid during July).
To find the best rates, click on the Date & Pricing tab. 

Special Spa Offers
The Inn and Spa at Loretto offers the ‘Soul Journey’ package offers a series of balancing treatments by expert healers and therapists.  
Single stay rates from $1,065 includes:
A 3-night stay 
A full offering of spa treatments including the signature Native Reflection Ritual, Chakra Balancing or Sage Vision Reading
An autographed copy of Sojourns of the Soul: One Woman’s Journey around the World and into Her Truth by acclaimed author Dana Micucci
Valid on stays through December 31, 2016. Refer to promo code: LORSOUL.

The ‘Savor Santa Fe’ package from La Posada de Santa Fe include daily breakfast and a $50 discount toward any treatment at Spa Sage at La Posada.  This property is set on six beautifully landscaped acres just steps from Santa Fe’s Historic Plaza.  Accommodations are offered in quiet, luxurious suites in romantic adobe ‘casita’ cottages.  Rates from $183 a night.  Valid year round.  
 
Hotel Santa Fe The Hacienda & Spa offers a spa package with special Native American inspired treatments that draw on ancient healing techniques.  Stay for two or three nights at rates from $482.  Included are accommodations in a Picuris Junior Suite, daily continental breakfast for two and two one-hour Cielo massages.  Valid year round.  
 
Rates start from $144 a night on the ‘Spa Getaway’ package at the Drury Plaza Hotel, a luxurious five-acre property opened in early 2015 and located in the heart of downtown Santa Fe with decor inspired by the Spanish missions of New Mexico.
The package includes:
10% discount on spa services at the Absolute Nirvana Spa & Gardens
Daily hot breakfast
WiFi access
Popcorn and soda Soda in the hotel lobby
Valid year round.  Refer to promo code SPASFE.

The ‘Winter Dreaming’ package at the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa is valid on stays through February 29.  The legendary waters at the resort have been soothing body, mind and spirit for centuries.  
Rates from $399 per night include:
Access to the Kiva Pool, available to guests in suites with extended soaking hours
Two 50-minute Essence of Ojo Custom Massages – one each in separate therapy rooms
Yoga Class: One class for each guest
50-minutes in a Private Outdoor Pool with a Kiva Fireplace
Unlimited access to all Mineral Pools, Mud Area, Steam & Sauna
S’mores for two to enjoy at the outdoor fire pit


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