Travel e-Scapes: January 22, 2016

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DESTINATION & DEAL OF THE DAY: San Francisco, California

Travel e-Scapes: January 22, 2016

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$208 San Francisco
Valid Wednesday, Saturday only
Start trips on or after April 15
Complete travel on or before August 15
No blackout dates!
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Learn about Frontier’s The WORKS, ways to save on the ‘extras’ 


TRAVEL TIPS & TIDBITS

Seattle’s Museum Month
The second annual Seattle Museum Month, February 1-29, kicks off with a common refrain from regional hoteliers and cultural institutions: ‘Gray is just our backdrop.’ Seattle’s February forecast may be unappealing, but it’s the perfect month to enjoy the region’s rich cultural institutions.
Guests staying at one of 59 downtown Seattle hotels during the month of February will enjoy 50% discounts at more than 40 participating museums, including:
The Museum of History & Industry
Museum of Flight
Woodland Park Zoo
Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture
Northwest African American Museum
The Living Computer Museum

Seattle Pinball Museum
Pacific Bonsai Museum

Save on the Heathrow Express
Travelers wanting to reach central London from Heathrow Airport have long griped about the cost of the Heathrow Express: £22 for a standard single fare. But the rail company has recently slashed the prices to as little as £5.50 for those who book tickets for weekend trips 90 days or more in advance. Fares from £12.10 are offered on weekdays.
Standard tickets booked between 90 and 30 days in advance will pay £8.80 for a standard seat on weekends; £14.30 on weekdays.
Those booking 14 days in advance can still see some savings with a weekend ticket costing £12.10 and a weekday priced at £16.50.
Same day travel tickets purchased at the train station will still cost £22 for a single one-way fare and £36 for a round-trip ticket.
Other ways of getting back to the airport from the city center include the Heathrow Connect train from Paddington (slower service), which costs £10.20 each way. The Piccadilly line on the London Underground costs £5.70.   


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:
$68 Los Angeles
A 7-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before March 9
Valid on American, nonstop
Choose from three daily nonstops (2 on Wednesday, Thursday)
Purchase today, January 22

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$80 Halifax, Nova Scotia
$92 Calgary, Alberta
$94 Vancouver, British Columbia
$123 Quebec City, Quebec
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 30
Valid on United via Chicago-O’Hare or Newark
Purchase by January 28

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$86 Ottawa, Ontario
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 30
Valid on United via Chicago-O’Hare
Purchase by February 5

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$654 Stockholm
$668 Oslo
$680 Copenhagen
No advance purchase required — go as soon as this week!  
Travel any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before May 17
Blackout dates: March 17-April 11
Valid on British Airways via Philadelphia or London
Stopovers not permitted

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$827 Shannon, Ireland
$899 Paris
$911 Rome
$923 Pisa
$924 Bucharest, Romania
$925 Prague, Czech Republic
$926 Lisbon, Portugal
$927 London
$930 Amsterdam
$938 Nice, France
$947 Athens, Greece
$948 Munich, Germany
$960 Edinburgh, Scotland
Additional sale cities:
Berlin, Frankfurt, Germany
Brussels, Belgium
Dubin, Ireland
Glasgow, Scotland
Manchester, England
Milan, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Warsaw, Poland
Zurich, Switzerland
A 28-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week — no weekend supplements!
Stay at least 7 nights or up to 6 months
Depart by March 17 or October 30-December 15
Valid on British Airways via Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia or London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by January 23 — but we suggest ASAP!

Round-trip from Atlanta:
$902 Barcelona, Spain
$918 Helsinki, Finland
A 28-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week — no weekend supplements!
Stay at least one Saturday night or up to six months
Depart by March 24
Valid on British Airways via London
Stopovers not permitted
Purchase by March 3

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

Package up Europe!
Pair a trip to Paris with a visit to Rome on an affordable air and land package deal from TripMasters.com.  This independent and flexible vacation itinerary lets you explore two of Europe’s most popular and historic cities in one trip!  
Here’s the basic 6-night package:
From Atlanta, fly into Paris and out of Rome
Hotel for 3 nights in Paris
Flight Paris – Rome
Hotel for 3 nights in Rome
Daily breakfast (when offered)
Hotel taxes
Prices fluctuate daily with airfare availability.  
Sample per person rates from Atlanta:
$1,052 Feburary 19
$1,075 February 12, 26
$1,100 March 1
$1,110 March 9
$1,300 April 15
$1,520 May 24
Compare this air and land package rate to air-only rates to Paris, from Rome, and the inter-Europe flight of $1,160.
Book by February 3.  Start the reservation process at Travelzoo.  

Valentine’s Day Specials
This Valentine’s Day, a variety of hotels and resorts across America and abroad are offering pairs perfect packages to escape for a romantic getaway. With February 14 falling on a Sunday this year, rekindle romance with a relaxing and rejuvenating weekend away. 

Ashton Hotel, Ft. Worth: The ‘Ashton Hotel Romance in the City’ package include accommodations in a beautifully-appointed Romance Room or Signature Suite featuring a king bed with Italian linens, down duvets and pillows,  a two-person Jacuzzi bathtub, surrounded by elegant Italian marble tile, fine champagne and chocolate covered strawberries upon arrival and breakfast for two the next morning.  From $404 a night.  
 
Bristol House Bed & Breakfast, Bristol, Rhode Island: Celebrate the entire month of February in the charming seaside town of Bristol.  Two-night packages include gourmet breakfast daily, choice of a spa massage, facial treatment or deluxe mani/pedi, $100 dining certificate to award-winning DeWolf Tavern, and flowers and homemade chocolate truffles. $659 weekends; $599 weekdays. 

Elbow Beach Resort, Bermuda: Enjoy pink beaches this Valentine’s Day room only rates starting at $227 a night. 
 
Farm By The River Bed and Breakfast, North Conway, New Hampshire: Book the ‘Stables Winter Valentine’ package which starts at $390 (including tax) and includes a two-night stay, a private sleigh or carriage ride for two with chocolates from the Bavarian Chocolate House and split of champagne, full breakfast and complimentary snowshoeing. Valid on stays through March 10.  
 
La Fonda on the Plaza, Santa Fe, New Mexico: This 4 Diamond luxury hotel offers the ‘Roses Are Red’ package with overnight accommodations in a fireplace suite with gourmet local chocolates, choice of wine or cider, a romantic dinner at La Plazuela, a $50 dining credit for breakfast in bed or at La Plazuela, free parking and late check-out.  Package rates from $257.   
 
Magnolia Cottage, Natchez, Mississippi: Step back in time at the charming 1830s Magnolia Cottage surrounded by beautiful century-old magnolia trees and warm southern hospitality. The ‘Couples Romantic Weekend’ package starts at $340 and includes a two-night stay in a cottage hideaway in historic downtown Natchez with a four-poster queen bed with canopy and European style bath, fresh cut flowers, complimentary champagne, homemade pecan pralines, full southern breakfast and two complimentary tickets to tour an antebellum mansion. 
 
Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Atlanta: The ‘Decadent Romance’ package starts at $595 and includes a rose petal turndown, chilled Champagne and a box of heart-shaped chocolates from Cacao Atlanta. Before turning down, couples enjoy a performance of Atlanta Ballet’s Moulin Rouge – The Ballet, a story of young love and rising stardom set against a glamorous and sizzling Parisian backdrop.  
 
Mokara Hotel & Spa, San Antonio, Texas: The ‘Amor Del Rio’ package includes luxurious accommodations, valet parking and a daily Mokara Signature breakfast for each registered guest in Ostra or through private dining, as well as a bottle of sparkling wine and chocolate truffles delivered to guest rooms each morning.  Package starts at $299. This boutique hotel is situated on the world-famous River Walk.  
 
Red Mountain Resort, St. George, Utah: Nestled in Southwestern Utah’s red rock bluffs, Red Mountain Resort has everything couples need to relax and renew. With one of the country’s most breathtaking natural settings as its backdrop, guests enjoy a variety of adventures at Red Mountain, including yoga overlooking the canyons, personal discovery classes like outdoor digital photography or hiking through Zion National Park. One of the most popular retreats, the Red Mountain Essential Package, starts at $265 per person, per night and includes deluxe accommodations, transportation to/from airport, three healthy meals daily, daily guided morning hikes, unlimited fitness classes, healthy life classes and events, personal discovery activities, ‘Eat Well, Feel Well’ cooking demonstrations and use of indoor/outdoor pools, bicycles, walking trails and cardio studios. 
 
Wild Dunes Resort, Charleston, S. Carolina: Home to 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise located 30 minutes from charming downtown Charleston, Wild Dunes Resort is a haven for pairs to escape to the seaside.  The ‘Sweetheart Getaway’ package is priced at $245 per night, valid February 12-15, and includes overnight accommodations in a AAA Four-Diamond rated guestroom, a bottle of champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries upon arrival and $150 resort credit to enjoy on dining or at the Sand & Sea Salon and Spa. 


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


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