Travel e-Scapes: January 19, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: San Francisco

Travel e-Scapes: 01192016

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$84 Phoenix, Salt Lake City or San Francisco
$44 Raleigh-Durham
$54 Kansas City or Milwaukee
Valid Wednesday or Saturday
Service to SLC begins April 14; April 15 to other destinations
Complete travel on or before June 8
Blackout dates: May 28, 31
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase today, January 19


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

High Tea on Wheels
There’s never enough time to see and do everything while on a vacay, but here’s a clever time-savor for tourists: Take in the sights of London while taking tea.
The BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Bus Tour combines sightseeing with other classic English pursuits of afternoon tea, cake and a charming piece of history. The 90-minute tour takes place inside ‘Rodney’, a shiny 1960s Routemaster, which the Covent Garden family-owned bakery recently restored. Tea is served on vintage crockery in keeping with the retro bus, and includes dainty sandwiches, quiche, macaroons, cupcakes, lemon-meringue pie, strawberries-and-cream cakes, scones, brownies, with a flute of pink champagne and tea; English breakfast, Earl Grey, green and various other options. Iconic landmarks on the route include Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye on a route that travels from Trafalgar Square and back via Kensington and Notting Hill. This is not an audio tour. From £45 ($64) per person. Departures daily at 12:30P and 3P from the London Eye.
Another option is the 3-hour BB Bakery Afternoon Tea Boat Tour. A vintage, private motor yacht with uniformed captain sails down the River Thames, taking in some of London’s best culture, landmarks and history. The boat has 12 tables with 6 people per table. You will share a table with others when booking fewer than 6 people. The £75 per person ($107) includes the sightseeing tour, a glass of bubbly on the upper deck and Afternoon Tea in the restaurant. The sightseeing tour departs and returns from Butler’s Wharf Pier. Sailing dates vary between March 26 and August 13.

Top Travel Tools
Here’s a list of smartphone apps that are free of gimmicks and deliver the most helpful options for the digital-savvy traveler (and most are free!):

Citymapper: Comprehensive, easy to use and with more detailed journey planning information than Google, including real-time departures and disruption alerts, as well as Uber integration and cycle routes. It is available in around 30 cities worldwide, with all the obvious city-break destinations covered. 

XE Currency: Convert every world currency. It also functions offline by saving the last updated rates. 

Tripit: Pulls together travel information from your confirmation emails for flights, hotels, rental cars, events bookings and converts it into a single itinerary. Just forward your emails to the app and it will do the rest. You have the option to share plans when coordinating a group trip.

Splittr: Provides a simple platform to share costs between friends. Enter expenses as you go, including who paid what and the app will do the rest. A nice touch for longer, multi-destination trips is that all currencies are supported and you can mix currencies without having to do the conversion yourself; $1.99. 

App in the Air: A flight tracking app that has the best coverage of airlines and airports. It will keep you updated about flight status even if you don’t have internet coverage.  The app helps you manage your time at the airport, breaking down each flight into four stages; check in, boarding, takeoff and landing time. It also integrates with Tripit allowing you to import all your flights. 

Google Translate: Translate day-to-day words you come across on your travels. For example, you can hold your camera up to text – such as a sign, or a menu – and Google will translate it for you instantly. 

LiveTrekker: Creates a digital journal of your travels so you can look back on your trips on an interactive map. The app tracks you as you go, marking a red line along a map on the exact route you take. You can add pictures, video, audio and text along the way, creating a multimedia travel diary you can share. 

Time Out: A directory of ideas of things to do in cities around the world. With coverage from Accra to Amsterdam, Edinburgh to Singapore, the app covers everything from bars, restaurants, attractions and events. The event finder is a particularly useful tool, meaning you’ll never struggle to find the most popular concerts, festivals or one-off happenings going on around you. You can also book restaurants and concert tickets through the app and create a customised travel guide for your vacation.

Source: The Guardian 


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!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$129 Cabo San Lucas-Los Cabos or Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week
Final travel date to/from Cabo: April 11 
Final travel date to/from PVR: April 10
Service to Cabo valid on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday; from Cabo Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Service to PVR valid Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; from PVR Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday
Valid on Frontier via Denver
Outbound flight service requires a forced overnight in Denver at traveler’s expense; return flights via Denver require a 4P-midnight layover
Purchase by January 21
Note: Compare to competitor’s round-trip rates from $440!

TODAY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$156 Cancun, Mexico
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 23
Valid on Delta, nonstop
Purchase today, January 19

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$178 Toronto, Ontario
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 11
Blackout dates: March 20, 28
Valid on American via Charlotte

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$464 Belize City, Belize
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 25
Blackout dates: March 4-28
Valid on American via Miami
One free stopover permitted
Purchase by January 21

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$44 Raleigh-Durham
$54 Kansas City or Milwaukee
$614 Moscow
$624 St. Petersburg, Russia
$795 Shannon, Ireland
$887 Lisbon, Portugal
$894 Zurich
$902 Oslo, Norway
$908 Stockholm, Sweden
$925 Vienna, Austria
$927 Berlin
$935 Frankfurt
$950 Warsaw, Poland
$955 Athens
$958 Prague, Czech Republic
$967 Budapest, Hungary
A 3-day advance purchase required
Depart on or before March 7
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to three months
Add $50 per direction for Thursday-Saturday outbound and/or Friday-Sunday returns
Add $50 per round-trip for March 18-May 12 departures (some exceptions: April 1-May 12 to Shannon; April 21-May 12 Moscow)
Valid on United/Lufthansa via Newark, Washington DC or Frankfurt
Purchase by January 20

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 DEALS

Hotel with a View
The Hotel Commonwealth, located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, recently added a wing as part of a $50 million expansion and renovation. The wing has 96 spacious rooms decorated with custom-designed modern furniture and equipped with Google Nexus tablets to order room service and make other requests. Many of the guest rooms have a close-up view of Fenway Park’s Green Monster, the nickname for the high left field wall near home plate. For die-hard Red Sox fans, the wing also has the new Fenway Park Suite full of the team’s memorabilia like original ballpark seats on the terrace, signed baseball cards from players including Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky, tickets from the 1946 World Series games and artwork celebrating Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.
This upscale hotel is opposite Kenmore Station, which offers direct subway access to downtown. Amenities include an exercise room, a New England-influenced restaurant, an oyster bar and a cocktail bar.
Hotel Commonwealth offers room rates from $199 a night. The ‘Fenway Spirit’ package includes overnight accommodations in a Luxe Fenway Guest Room, steps from Fenway Park, a tour of Fenway Park for two people and breakfast for two in Eastern Standard at rates from $399.

New NYC Digs
Hotel Indigo Lower East Side New York has opened on Ludlow Street in lower Manhattan, set 2 miles from the Brooklyn Bridge and 2.2 miles from the Empire State Building. A custom mural greets guests entering the 14th-floor lobby of this urban, upscale hotel. Take in spectacular 360-degree views of Manhattan from the rooftop lounge; dine at Mr. Purple; take a dip in the open-air, heated pool or hit the 24-hour fitness centers with flat panel TVs. Guest rooms feature hardwood floors with area rugs, spa-inspired showers, C.O. Bigelow bath amenities, Frette linens and artwork that reflects the unique culture, character and geography of the surrounding neighborhood. Plan your city outing on the lobby’s interactive touch-panel neighborhood guide.  Room rates from $179


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


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