Travel e-Scapes: January 17, 2018

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: Bermuda

Travel e-Scapes: 03312017

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$345 Bermuda, or $115 east, $230 west
Valid daily on JetBlue via Boston or New York-JFK
Start travel on or after February 15
Finish trips on or before September 4
Note: Purchase two separate one-way tickets
Compare to Delta’s rate of $612


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Hilton News
Hilton is joining other hotel companies in updating its “Do Not Disturb” policy.
Hilton is now advising team members to contact security or a manager if the sign has been displayed on a guestroom door for more than 24 consecutive hours. Individual properties will have the final say, and the policy doesn’t guarantee a team member will enter each guestroom every day.
Hilton will notify guests through cards and notes that state the following: “We understand and respect your need for privacy. The hotel reserves the right to visually inspect all guest rooms every 24 hours to ensure the well-being of our guests and confirm the condition of the room. If service is refused for this length of time, a member of hotel management will check on the guest room.”

Last month, several Walt Disney World resorts in Orlando – including the Polynesian Village Resort, the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the Contemporary Resort and the Bay Lake Tower – replaced the traditional Do Not Disturb sign with one that reads “Room Occupied.”
Disney’s new policy requires a staff member to enter each room at least once a day to ensure guest safety. However, members must knock and identify themselves before entering.
Wynn Resorts’ new policy has employees check in with guests if the Do Not Disturb sign is in place for more than 12 straight hours.

Room Service!
Many hotels are expanding their own food and beverage service with new food delivery services for guests — since hotel restaurants can’t be all things to everyone.
With guests having a growing interest in niched food offerings, outside services may come from Grubhub, UberEATS and DoorDash.
Hyatt Hotels recently partnered with Grubhub, which delivers food from local restaurants to nine Hyatt Centric hotels across the U.S. Hyatt’s Restaurant To Go program is a full-service in-room dining offering that also includes on-property restaurant delivery and a 24/7 Express menu. The new Grubhub option allows guests to order from a list of local cuisine compiled by local experts.
InterContinental Hotels also partnered with GrubHub in recent months, offering IHG Rewards Club members the option to order through its mobile app and website for delivery to guestrooms at more than 1,000 of its limited-service hotels, including Holiday Inn Express and Candlewood Suites properties in markets where Grubhub operates. IHG Rewards Club members can earn loyalty points for using the service.
IHG also has a similar arrangement with OpenTable for its full-service hotels, allowing guests to earn IHG points for dinner reservations made through that service, including bonus points when booking at on-property restaurants.
Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham has launched a pilot program with grocery delivery companies Peapod and Instacart to bring the supermarket to the hotel room. The program is available at select hotels in and around Chicago, Philadelphia and Hartford CT.


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!

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta (one-way permitted):
$190 San Francisco, or $95 each way
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Finish trips on or before March 7
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$160 Detroit
A 21-day advance purchase required
Finish trips on or before May 1
Valid north 11A or after Mondays; before 10A Thursdays; noon-4P Thursdays, Fridays; 7P-midnight Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays
Valid south noon-midnight Mondays; before 7A Thursdays, Fridays; 9A-1P Thursdays, Fridays; 7P-midnight Tuesdays-Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday
This rate also valid before noon on Sundays
Valid on Delta, nonstop

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$624 Shanghai, China
Valid daily on March 8-May 6 departures
Stay at least any three nights or up to six months
Valid on United via San Francisco

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$633 Inverness, Scotland
A 28-day advance purchase required
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/ or Friday-Monday returns
Finish trips on or before April 9
A 7-night minimum stay required
Valid on Delta via Amsterdam; stopovers not permitted
Purchase by January 16

TODAY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$716 Nairobi, Kenya
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!
Add $60 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
A 3-night minimum stay required; one year max
Finish trips on or before December 10
Valid on Delta/KLM via Amsterdam; stopovers not permitted
Purchase by January 16

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$830 Ponta Delgada, Azore Islands
Valid daily from May 23
Finish trips on or before August 23
Valid on Delta via New York-JFK

Deals from other U.S. cities:

HURRY! Round-trip to Iceland from $69.99 from:
Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Baltimore
Get the scoop at ClarkDeals.com

How do you find these great airfare deals? Visit Clark’s Atlanta Travel Tips page for a step-by-step search and booking guide.

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.


SPECIAL HOTEL & RESORT OFFERS

New in DTW
The Siren is expected to open in Detroit in February. Housed in the iconic Wurlitzer Building, the 106-room hotel is inspired by a reinterpretation of the yesteryear hotels once found in Detroit. Guest rooms are decorated with a mix of vintage and custom furniture, retro terrazzo tiling, black marble tabletops, Italian linens, and hand-loomed blankets. James Beard nominee Garrett Lipar will debut an eight-seat tasting counter called Albena. Also onsite will be specialty roaster Populace Coffee; Sebastian Jackson’s handsome barbershop The Social Grooming Company; and Pot and Box flower shop.
This hip hotel in Downtown is a minute’s walk from the Broadway Street People Mover station, across from the Detroit Opera House and a 5-minute walk from Comerica Park baseball stadium.
Rates from $119 for twin bunk beds; from $139 for a studio for two and $159-$179 for larger rooms for two.

Pink Sale
With Bermuda’s Pink Sale, save up to 50% at 11 hotels and resorts. Sale rates, from $117.50 a night, are valid for travel through April 30 or September 5-December 31.
For example, a two-night stay at the Fairmont Southampton in April starts at $581, including continental breakfast and taxes (two-night minimum required). A two-night stay typically starts at $898.
Rates at the Coco Reef Resort in Paget start from $165. This resort features manicured gardens on an exquisite private beach on the breathtaking south shore of Bermuda. Step onto soft pink sand just steps away from your beachfront room.
Book by January 23. Restrictions vary by property.


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


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